The master's degree program in I/O Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University prepares students, through a combination of classroom and practical training, for human resource and organizational development positions in business, consulting, and human service organizations. Students may elect a program of study that enables them to enter the work force after graduation or pursue doctoral training.
Many graduates of the program continue their training in our behavior analysis Ph.D. program, studying with the same faculty members who advised them in the master's program. Graduates who seek employment after receiving the M.A. degree are qualified for jobs that involve personnel training and development, productivity and safety improvement, quality enhancement, work process improvement and organizational systems analysis. These jobs are usually found in human resource departments, process management departments, or consulting firms. Starting salaries for individuals with a master's degree usually range from $45,000-$55,000. A Ph.D. is not usually necessary for these positions, however, for some positions with consulting firms, a doctoral degree increases a person's employment opportunities. See where some of our alumni are working.
The program requires the completion of 36 credit hours. The conceptual basis of the program is behavior analysis. Thus, evidence-based environmental-change strategies are emphasized throughout the curriculum.
There are two options in the program:
Students admitted into one option may switch to the other option after admission, but their faculty advisor must approve that change.
Admission is offered for the fall semester only. Applications are due Dec. 15. All application materials are due by the deadline. Late applications will not be considered.
For more information on the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program, email Dr. Heather McGee at or 269-387-4460