What Sets Us Apart?

It is important to consider multiple factors in determining your choice for graduate training. We are glad to assist you in your decision-making process and can point to a number of features supporting our program’s success.

Rigorous and Balanced Curriculum

The I/O curriculum features a balance of method, industrial, and organizational topics covering the full range of the SIOP (2017) competency guidelines. We also offer specialized offerings in data science for R, labor law, business strategy, and machine learning. Program expectations are high, with most courses requiring integrative projects blending evidence-based thinking and practical considerations in presentations and consultation. We combine theory and application to ensure you have the scientific skills to succeed in applied research and the practical skills to succeed in the job market.

Student Success

Our graduates are well regarded in the region, securing a variety of challenging and meaningful roles both during and after school in Fortune 500 companies, consulting firms, and government agencies. In the past few years, over 95% have secured full-time employment in jobs ranging from HR generalists and talent management specialists to consultants in leadership development, change management, compensation, test validation, diversity and inclusion, and employee engagement. Examples of recent employers include Morgan Stanley, Deloitte, National Football League, KPMG, Korn Ferry, Johnson & Johnson, Foot Locker, Avid Budget Group, Panasonic, United Nations, and Port Authority.

Flexible and Affordable

Graduate classes are held at night (usually 2 nights per week) and late afternoon making attending school and working a real possibility. Tuition cost are relatively low compared to other institutions and most students complete the M.A. degree in two years taking nine credits per semester.

Montclair also offers generous albeit competitive research and teaching assistantship packages which provide full tuition remission and annual stipend. All admitted doctoral students and a portion of M.A. students typically qualify for either a research assistantship supporting faculty in lab management and study execution or as a teaching assistantship supporting faculty in course work.

Incredible Location


We are located in one of the largest and most diverse business centers in the world. Students have many prospects for internships and job opportunities. Travel into New York City is facilitated by a train stop right on the university campus into Penn Station, New York so commuting and working in New York City is a definite possibility.

Diverse Expertise and Committed Faculty

Our core and affiliated faculty members hold top credentials in their fields, publish frequently in top-tier outlets, teach all I/O courses, and are active consultants, board members, and editors for books and journals. With seven core and supporting full-time faculty members, our I/O program is one of the largest in the country thus providing students a range of opportunities to collaborate on numerous applied projects, conference presentations, and publications.

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Valerie Sessa

Ph.D. New York University
Research: Leadership Development, Team Learning
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Jennifer Bragger

Ph.D. Temple University
Research: Decision Making, Stereotypes, Interviews, Servant Leadership, Work-Family
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Kevin Askew

Ph.D. University of South Florida
Research: Attitudes, Workplace Deviance, Technology, Training
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Daniel Simonet

Ph.D. University of Tulsa
Research: Personality, Empowerment, Emotions, Advanced Psychometrics

John Kulas

Ph.D. Northern Illinois Univ.
Research: Cognitive Mechanisms of Assessment, Career Trajectories
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John Paul Wilson

Ph.D. Miami University
Research: Person Perception, Racial Judgments, Facial Attributions
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Michael Bixter

Ph.D. Stony Brook University
Research: Small Group Decision Making, Delayed and Risky Reward Decisions