Online Bachelor's Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

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Program at a Glance

  • An optional internship allows you to gain real-world knowledge and skills as you earn your industrial organizational psychology degree.
  • Psychology faculty are working professionals in the field.
  • Shorten your path to a master’s degree with the accelerated bachelor’s to master’s option.
How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Course Effort
15–18 Hours per Week
Course Length
10-Week Terms
Average Completion
4 years
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
180
(120 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
$371

Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Overview

The online bachelor’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology (I/O) is designed to broaden your knowledge of the principles of psychology as it relates to business and organizational settings.

Managing and motivating talent in the workplace, helping to develop leadership skills, and assessing an organization to improve its effectiveness are just a few of the many business functions that can benefit from psychological insight.

Curriculum in the I/O bachelor’s program uses rigorous methods of psychology as applied to talent management, coaching, assessment, selection, training, organizational development, performance (i.e., improvement, management), and work-life balance.

Accelerated Master’s Degree Options

You can work toward a Purdue Global master’s degree in public administration, educational psychology, human services, legal studies, or psychology while you earn your bachelor’s degree. Complete both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. For details and eligibility requirements, speak to an Advisor.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Engage With Other Students Online discussion boards provide the opportunity to engage with others and learn from their experiences. Students are also invited to join organizations such as the Psychology Club for further networking and educational opportunities.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC (HLCommission.org) is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Requirements

You must be a high school graduate or possess a General Education Development (GED) certificate or other equivalency diploma. You are also encouraged to complete orientation before you start classes. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Ways to Save

  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

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  • Prior Work Experience

    You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

    Your Experience Counts

  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

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  • Grants

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  • Prior Military Experience

    We offer credit for ACE-evaluated training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.

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What Courses Will I Take?

The online Bachelor of Science in Psychology in I/O Psychology includes core curriculum that is foundational to a business psychology degree, plus a complement of focused I/O courses.

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Sample Courses
  • Employment and Staffing
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Psychology of Leadership
  • Attitudes and Motivation in the Workplace
  • Selection and Assessment in Organizations

Program Requirements

  • Core Credits
    45
  • Major Credits
    107
  • Elective Credits
    28
  • Total Credits
    180

Career Opportunities

This degree can prepare you to pursue entry-level opportunities in work settings such as corporations and businesses, schools, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, hospitals, and more.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Active Listening
  2. Speaking
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Instructing
  5. Learning Strategies

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state, and the degree requirements of this program do not guarantee or prepare you for licensure in any state upon graduation.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 50% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 237 Faculty publications in 2020–2021
student at desk icon More Than 36,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2020–2021

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, September 2021. 2020–2021 academic year.