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MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology is designed to prepare persons for work in business and industry as professional specialists in the application of psychological knowledge and techniques in organizations or to prepare persons for continued education in the field of Industrial/ Organizational Psychology or related fields (Organizational Behavior or Human Resources).

The program draws from many areas of psychology including social, cognitive and developmental psychology, psychometrics, statistics, and experimental design.

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Advantages of Attending Montclair State University
Industrial and Organizational Psychology Master’s Program

In these times, it is important to consider many factors in determining your choice for graduate training. We are glad to assist you in making this choice and can point to a number of factors that demonstrate why Montclair is the program for you.

  1. We are committed. I/O courses are taught by highly successful Full Time, Tenured or Tenure Track Faculty members invested in your future (Drs. Dan Simonet, Jennifer Bragger, Kevin Askew, Valerie Sessa, and John Kulas).
  2. We are balanced. We combine theory and practice together to ensure you have the practical skills to succeed in the job market as well as the scientific skills to succeed in PhD programs. Students receive a grounding in psychological research and quantitative methods along with learning both “industrial” topics and “”organizational” topics. Students can choose to do either a thesis or an internship as their final project.
  3. We are flexible and affordable. Graduate classes are held at night (usually 2 nights per week) making attending school and working a real possibility. Because Montclair is a state university, tuition cost are relatively low compared to our competitors. Most student complete the degree taking 9 credits per semester in 2 years, but some take fewer credits and complete in 3 years.
  4. We offer Graduate Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships. While these are quite competitive to attain, those receiving an RA will work on research with professors for 20 hours a week and receive full tuition and a stipend. Teaching Assistants work 20 hours a week, assisting a faculty member with their courses, and receive full tuition and a stipend.
  5. We have an incredible location. We are located in one of the largest, most diverse, most populated, business centers in the world. This gives our students many prospects to look 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.
  6. We are rigorous. And our students and alumni wouldn’t have it any other way. This gives us a competitive advantage as we offer training in R, univariate, and multivariate statistics, demand integrative projects that blend concepts across courses, and require evidence-based thinking in presentations and consultation. Our graduates and alumni are well regarded in the NJ/NY area.
  7. We are successful. Our graduates do well once they leave here. Many enter into career oriented jobs while in school, and in the past few years, most (>90%) gain career employment or are accepted into further graduate work within a few months of graduation.

Here is a broad sampling of where our students go after graduation:

PhD programs
Clemson University
Hofstra University
Portland State University
Rutgers University (Law School)
University of Connecticut
University of Houston
Virginia Tech


Champs Sports
Creston Electronics
Deloitte Touche
Ernst & Young
Estee Lauder
Goldman Saks
Gotham Consulting (Started by an MSU alum)
Harper Collins
Home Dept
Hudson Group
Jefferson County Commission
Jet Blue
Johnson & Johnson
JP Morgan Chase
Korn Ferry
Lee Hecht Harrison
Lightspeed Research
Lincoln Financial Group
Lockheed Martin
Madison Square Gardens
Mercer Sirota
Metro North Railroad
NBC Universal
New York City
Opera Solutions
Port Authority
Price Waterhouse Cooper
Ralph Lauren
Relocation Insurance Group
Starboard Cruise Services
Teva Pharamaceuticals
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
United Nations
Whole Foods
ZT Systems


Beyond Graduation

Many of the I/O psychology graduates are employed at companies such as ADP, Ernst & Young, Johnson & Johnson, Sirius, Tiffany & Co., New Jersey Department of Personnel, ASK Consulting, or own their own consulting firm. Other graduates have gone on to PhD programs at universities such as Virginia Tech, Clemson, and University of Houston. Some have even became faculty members at institutions such as Rider University.