Online Bachelor of Science in Psychology – Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Explore methods of psychology used in workplace settings during Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Science in psychology with a concentration in industrial and organizational psychology. In this program, you’ll gain a foundational understanding of psychology with a specialized focus on organizational strategies such as conflict resolution, assessment and leadership. Upon completion, you'll be prepared to apply your knowledge broadly as psychology plays a role in workplaces across industries.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 08/22/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 40

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 120

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What is industrial and organizational psychology?

Industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology is a branch of psychology that focuses on human behavior in the workplace. It applies psychological principles and research methods to solve problems in organizations to improve the well-being of employees. This area of expertise can also drive the success of an organization by creating a productive and supportive work environment where employees feel empowered. Key areas within I-O psychology range from recruitment and training to culture and leadership development.

The skills you’ll develop in this I-O degree program

This I-O concentration will strengthen your abilities to understand and contextualize individuals’ thoughts, feelings and behaviors in the workplace. In your courses, you’ll become proficient in scientific writing and quantitative analytical skills including assessment and intervention strategies. You’ll also develop more advanced statistical and research skills in the BS compared to the BA program concentration in I-O. Other transferable skills you’ll gain include:

  • Critical thinking.
  • Leadership.
  • Personal ethics.
  • Problem-solving.
  • Teamwork.
  • Research methodology.
  • Written communication.

Is a BA or BS in I-O psychology best for you?

When considering whether to pursue ASU’s online BA or BS concentration in I-O psychology, it's essential to align your decision with your personal interests and career aspirations. The BA program is practice-oriented and ideal for people-centric or service-oriented careers, such as human resources. Verses the BS program, which is research-oriented and emphasizes quantitative training in statistics and data analysis. If you're interested in pursuing a PhD after graduation, the BS program may be a more suitable choice for your long-term goals.

Additionally, you’ll be able to take advantage of ASU’s Statistics and Methods (SAM) Lab online. This program can help you build a strong understanding of the quantitative and qualitative methods used in your research methods or statistics courses.

Will my diploma say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

Industrial and organizational psychology courses

This I-O psychology program includes general psychology core courses in addition to specialized courses such as Psychology of Work, Industrial Psychology and Organizational Behavior. You’ll also have the option to take PSY 494: Professional Field Experience, a course that includes structured internships and other experiential learning opportunities.


PSY 320: Learning and Motivation


PSY 324: Memory and Cognition


PSY 230: Introduction to Statistics (QTRS OR CS)


PSY 290: Research Methods (SCIT OR L or SG)


PSY 330: Statistical Methods (QTRS OR CS)


PSY 215: Psychology of Work


PSY 430: Industrial Psychology


PSY 453: Organizational Behavior (SOBE OR SB)


The jobs this I-O psychology degree concentration prepares you for

Upon completing this concentration, you’ll be equipped for a career within sectors ranging from government and academia to research and management. You’ll also be prepared for roles such as product manager, assessment development specialist, psychometric analyst and more. Additional career examples include:

Corporate Trainer


Growth: 6.3 %
Salary: $63,080

Data Management Specialist


Growth: 10.0 %
Salary: $134,870

Employee Training Manager


Growth: 6.5 %
Salary: $120,000

Human Resources Analyst


Growth: 7.0 %
Salary: $67,780

Human Resources Assistant (HR Assistant)


Growth: -4.9 %
Salary: $45,930

Human Resources Manager


Growth: 5.2 %
Salary: $130,000

Human Resources Specialist (HR Specialist)


Growth: 5.9 %
Salary: $64,240

Learn from top-tier psychology faculty

As an online student at ASU, you’ll get the New College experience from world-renowned faculty. Our faculty members are some of the brightest, most innovative academic minds in the world. Our areas of expertise include psychology, anthropology, geography, political science, cybersecurity, forensic science and more. Our mission is to create an environment that prepares students to take their place in the world using the skills they have learned to pursue careers that benefit their community.

Learn from top-tier psychology faculty

As an online student at ASU, you’ll get the New College experience from world-renowned faculty. Our faculty members are some of the brightest, most innovative academic minds in the world. Our areas of expertise include psychology, anthropology, geography, political science, cybersecurity, forensic science and more. Our mission is to create an environment that prepares students to take their place in the world using the skills they have learned to pursue careers that benefit their community.

How to apply

I am a future

You’re considered a first-year student for application purposes if you’ve never attended college or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours.

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Competency requirements

Additional admission requirements

High school equivalency

Homeschool

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Study at the most innovative university in the nation

ASU is a global university recognized for its commitment to innovation, research and high-quality academic programs. Our university has been recognized with peer-reviewed honors from U.S. News & World Report.

#1


in innovation for 9 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.

Top 5


best online bachelor’s programs.

Top 10%


best global universities.

80%


of graduates reported that their experiences at ASU inspired them to explore new career opportunities.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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