Industrial/Organizational Psychology

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Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology offers a solid education in the theories, philosophies, and practices of this dynamic and growing field. Faculty challenge students intellectually and offer individual guidance that provides a strong foundation on which to build a successful career.

The MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology is designed to educate students to apply psychological principles and techniques in the work environment that increase individual and organizational productivity. For candidates in this program, Fairfield's Northeast location in a region with many nonprofit and for-profit corporate organizations provides a wide range of opportunities for fieldwork, such as employee recruitment and selection, performance management/appraisal, training and development, motivations and job satisfaction, organization development, job analysis, and research and program evaluation.

Fairfield also offers a five-year BA/MA program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Student interested in pursing this program should contact Margaret McClure, PhD, Chair of the Psychology Department, during their sophomore or junior year to allow enough time to take pre-requisite courses which may only be offered once a year. Pre-requisites need to be completed before application for admission. Students should apply for admission online no later than April 1 of their senior year.

Requirements & Course Offerings

Industrial-organizational psychology is the branch of psychology that applies psychological theories and principles to organizations, promoting efficiency and productivity, as well as the well-being of employees. Many graduates of the I/O Psychology MA program work in organizational settings after graduation, while others use their time in the program to strengthen their academic backgrounds in psychology before pursuing further graduate studies at another institution.

Required Courses

Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Psychology of Personality
Organizational Development
Behavioral Statistics
Research in Psychology
Program Evaluation
Consulting Theory and Practice
Development and Training Programs
Fundamentals of Survey Design
Performance Coaching
Effective Interviewing
Field Work in Applied Psychology
Comprehensive Exam in Applied Psychology
One (1) elective course in Communication or Management

A detailed list of course requirements, offerings, and more can be viewed in the University’s course catalog.

Five-Year BA/MA Program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

This program has been designed for Fairfield University undergraduate students who are interested in a pathway to work in settings such as large organizations using specific psychology skills necessary to work as industrial/organizational specialists.

Graduates of the program assume positions in profit and non-profit organizations in human resources, training, consulting, research, organization development, recruiting and similar specialties. The skills, psychological principles and methodologies mastered in the program may be applied in a variety of organizational settings depending upon the student's interests and career choices.

See the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Five-Year Dual Integrated Bachelor and Master of Arts Program requirements and course descriptions.

College of Arts & Sciences Admission

Applicants for the MA in IO Psychology must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) and give promise of meeting the standards set by the University.

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Message From the Director

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Message From the Director

Katie Tomlin, PhD headshot

Welcome Prospective Students! 

On these pages, we hope that you will find helpful information about the Fairfield University Industrial/Organizational Psychology program.  Some of you may already have a solid foundation in I/O psychology (through your undergraduate courses or work experience) but, for others, this may be your first exploration of this exciting field.  We hope this site will provide you with helpful information about the field and about our specific program’s offerings.

As the director of the graduate program, I am passionate about increasing awareness of I/O psychology.  I/O psychology is the application of psychological science to the study of work, with the goal of improving employee experiences and organizational performance.  Grounded in the scientist-practitioner approach, it is an exciting applied field that lies at the intersection of psychology and management.  If you enjoy asking challenging questions about human behavior and believe in evidence-based best practices, I/O psychology might be a good home for you. 

As a modern-Jesuit university, Fairfield strives to care for the whole person – you will be assigned an advisor who will work closely with you throughout your graduate career and faculty are available and eager to support your academic, personal, and career goals.  Our graduate students are diverse in terms of their backgrounds and interests and we hope that you will feel part of a supportive learning community.

We offer two degree options: a traditional master’s degree (typically completed in about two years) and a five-year integrated bachelor’s and master’s degree (for Fairfield undergraduates who have completed a series of pre-requisites).  All of our courses are focused on providing both knowledge and practical skills, making this program ideal for those who want to advance in their careers or pursue a new career path.  We cover topics such as consulting, coaching, program evaluation, and survey design, as well as central courses in behavioral statistics and research methods.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis (i.e., you can apply at any time!).  After all components of your application are submitted, you should expect to be invited for an interview within a few weeks – following that interview, an official decision will be sent to you by email.  While most students begin the program in the fall semester, we do have options for students who would like to begin in the spring or summer terms.

Please reach out to me with any questions about the program, the application process, or I/O psychology.  You can contact me at ktomlin@fairfield.edu.

Katie Tomlin, PhD
Associate Professor of the Practice
Graduate Program Director

Career & Professional Opportunities

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Career & Professional Opportunities

Fairfield's Master of Arts in I/O Psychology provides:

  • Knowledge to enhance work in community agencies
  • Knowledge and skills for professional work in corporate organizations
  • Foundational knowledge and skills in psychology

Graduates of Fairfield's I/O Psychology programs are much in demand, finding advantageous fieldwork placements and meaningful employment with some of the country's top organizations:

  • Bayer Corporation
  • Cendant Mobility
  • Cendant International
  • Deloitte
  • IBM
  • Jones Retail Corporation
  • MasterCard Worldwide
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Pepperidge Farm
  • Sara Lee Corporation
  • Shell Oil Company
  • The College Board
  • Toyota Financial
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Surgical

Learn about how Fairfield's Career Center can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.

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Advisory Board

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Advisory Board

Our Industrial-Organizational-Personnel program benefits from the wisdom and guidance of a dedicated Alumni Advisory Board made up of graduates who enjoy contributing to the University’s continuing excellence. Current members include:

Paul M. Connolly, PhD
President
Performance Programs, Inc.
P.O. Box 630
Old Saybrook. CT 06475

Ben Knecht
Senior Sales Operations Analyst
Sirius Decisions
187 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT 06897

Susan O'Connor, MA
Excecutive Recruiter
Charter Communications
400 Atlantic Avenue
Stamford, CT 06901

Caroline Swanson
Associate
Training and Performance Management
NERA Economic Consulting
360 Hamilton Avenue #10
White Plains, New York

Steve Winkel, PRC, MA
Vice President
People and Culture
Inspira Marketing Group
50 Washington Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

Faculty

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Faculty

The College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University is home to a vibrant community of engaged faculty, dedicated staff, and accomplished scholars devoted to the process of invention and discovery and excited by the prospect of producing knowledge in the service of others. Our faculty members are experts in their field and work closely with graduate students to provide academic advice and individualized attention that makes their experience as productive as it is rewarding.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Office of Graduate Admissions is available to explain the application requirements and to help you get your application together. You may contact them by submitting a request for information or by phoning (203) 254-4184 or toll-free (888) 488-6840.

No, the GREs are not required.

Tuition and fees for Fairfield's graduate programs.

No. While some of our students attend full-time, most of our students are working professionals who attend our program part-time.

Most of our courses are offered in the evening and a few are offered on the weekends. Weekday courses generally meet once a week for two hours. Weekend courses tend to be full day courses that meet for four or five weekends or weekend days over the semester.

We keep our classes small. On average, our maximum class size is 20, but class sizes range from 10 to 25.

An undergraduate degree in psychology is not required. Our students come from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds, which adds to the richness of our class interactions.

Students who attend full-time take 9 credits each Fall and Spring semester and up to 6 credits in the summer sessions. For full-time students who start in the Fall semester, the program can be completed in about two years. For students who attend part-time, the time will vary based on how many courses are taken at a time.

Students are required, however, to complete their degree within six years after they begin their first course.

To be considered for financial aid, Fairfield University requires students to complete a FAFSA form. For further information on financial aid, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

Yes, graduate assistantships are offered that provide tuition credit for work. Please see the information noted on the website regarding available positions.

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