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

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Program At a Glance
  • Drive positive change in organizations by improving employee performance, attitudes, or behaviors.
  • Complete a field placement to gain valuable real-world experience.
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can apply toward a Purdue Global master’s degree. 
  • Faculty in our industrial/organizational psychology graduate program are active professionals in the field.
COURSE EFFORT 15 Hours per Week
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We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Graduate Certificate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Overview

Help organizations improve the quality of work-life balance. This graduate-level I/O psychology certificate program is designed for working professionals who seek to broaden their knowledge and apply the principles of industrial/organizational psychology in business and organizational settings.

Our I/O psychology certificate program focuses on the principles related to workplace productivity, morale, management, and employee working styles. You will also complete a field placement designed to integrate academic knowledge with practical experience.

The coursework is designed to help you

  • Apply 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.

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

Get a Head Start on Your Master’s Degree

By completing this certificate, you’ll not only earn a valuable credential to make an immediate impact on your career, but you’ll also lay the groundwork for your next degree. Qualified credits can apply toward a Purdue Global master’s degree in psychology.*

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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

Career Opportunities

A recent Gallup poll found that nearly 70% of American workers are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” in their work. Given the growing focus on maintaining employee satisfaction and engagement to improve outcomes and productivity, HR specialists who understand the principles of I/O psychology are expected to be in demand.

Fields with positions that could benefit from an industrial/organizational psychology degree include human resources, training and development, policy planning, employee screening training, and organizational development.

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.

Explore Other Learning Opportunities

The graduate resource center is a one-stop site for students in the psychology graduate programs.

Students are invited to join organizations such as the Psychology Club, Psi Chi International Honor Society, and Autism Speaks U.

Free webinars are also available to support your learning outside of the classroom.

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This graduate certificate program offers a rigorous exploration of the theories, methods, and practice of I/O psychology.

Learn how to apply the principles of I/O psychology in business settings through the scientific study of employees, workplaces, and organizations.

Sample Courses
  • Industrial/Organizational Theory and Development
  • Organizational Management and Behavior
  • Workplace Motivation and Attitudes
  • Organizational Leadership: Management, Training, and Evaluation
  • Human Resources Management
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits30
  • Total Credits30

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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 48% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 264 Faculty publications in 2019–2020
student at desk icon More Than 45,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2019–2020

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2020. 2019–2020 academic year.

Program Brochure

Download our brochure to learn more about our psychology programs and the benefits of earning your certificate at Purdue Global.

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*The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.

Source: Gallup, State of the American Workplace, 2017,