Graduate Certificate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (I/O)

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The graduate certificate program in industrial/organizational psychology at Purdue Global is designed to broaden the working professional’s knowledge. Study how to apply the principles of industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology in business settings through the scientific study of employees, workplaces, and organizations.

Students will explore workplace motivation and attitudes, employee training, evaluation and leadership, organizational behavior, and human resource management. Upon successful graduation from this certificate program, students could help drive positive change in organizations by improving employee performance, attitudes, or behaviors. Our industrial/organizational psychology graduate programs are part of our comprehensive portfolio of psychology courses that help build leaders in this field.

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Qualified credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate may be applied toward the requirements of certain Purdue Global degree programs.

Graduate Certificate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Highlights

Our I/O psychology certificate program focuses on the principles related to workplace productivity, morale, management, and employee working styles. You can apply psychological research methods to help organizations improve the quality of work life for employees. The industrial/organizational psychology certificate program is also designed to help you:

  • Apply of contemporary theories and information technologies to real-world situations
  • Engage in research in the focal area(s) of the science of psychology
  • Analyze and apply theoretical and conceptual foundations of psychology to arrive at professional practice strategies
  • Evaluate ethical, legal, individual, and sociocultural implications of decisions within the field of psychology
  • Gain real-world experience with our industrial/organizational practicum
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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

Individuals who can apply research and current industrial/organizational psychology strategies to improve the well-being and performance of people and their employers could find opportunities in employee-related functions within various work settings. This can include support in employee selection and development, understanding and apply job motivation initiatives, and helping companies and their workforce through organizational change.

The need for workers who can help organizations keep employees motivated and engaged could also be increasing, considering a recent Gallup poll which showed over 70% of American workers are either actively or passively disengaged from their work.* Fields with positions that could benefit from an industrial/organizational psychology degree include:

  • Human resources
  • Training and development
  • Policy planning
  • Employee screening training
  • Organizational development
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How Do I Get Started?

Purdue Global offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.


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April 18, 2018

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August 22, 2018

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September 19, 2018

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December 05, 2018

What Courses Will I Take?

The certificate program offers a rigorous exploration of the theories, methods, and practice of I/O psychology. You will also complete a field placement experience. Courses include:

  • Industrial/Organizational Theory and Development       
  • Organizational Management and Behavior
  • Workplace Motivation and Attitudes
  • Management, Training, and Evaluation       
  • Human Resources Management
  • Organizational Leadership
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Program Requirements
  • Core Credits30
  • Total Credits30

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

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Desired Track Only one track is available for this program.
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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$420.00 cost per credit
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Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

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Whether you are on your way up the corporate ladder or just getting started, our degree programs and certificates could help you prepare to take your career to a higher level.

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*Gallup, State of the American Workplace, on the Internet at (accessed August 2013).

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. The professional practice of psychology is regulated by each state. This program was not designed to meet any specific state’s requirements for licensure or certification, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information.