This program prepares students for careers in such areas as human resources, training, management and organization development, in which they can apply psychological principles to problems that arise in a wide variety of organization settings. It is also designed to enhance the careers of professionals who work in these areas by teaching them to apply psychology to issues that develop in their organizations. Research design, statistics and psychology provide the foundation for advanced study in selection training, performance appraisal, worker motivation and organization development. The curriculum is strengthened by an internship sequence that provides on-site, supervised experience working on applied projects in business and public agencies.
The type of work that holders of applied master's degrees in industrial/organizational psychology perform include employee selection, management development, survey research, training, organizational development, performance appraisal, career development and program evaluation. They are employed in industry, government, hospitals, social services and mental health agencies, advertising, consulting and marketing research. Their titles include specialist, manager, director and consultant, as in training and evaluation specialist, industrial relations manager director of human resources and organization development consultant.
The program is designed to serve students and organizations in the Long Island, New York area. This region is endowed with many businesses, industries, public agencies and nonprofit organizations that are undergoing complex change. Facilitating such change requires the service of professionals who are trained in the application of psychological principles to organizational problems. The M.A. Program invites students from diverse backgrounds and those with work experience after graduating from college. Hofstra University's Masters Program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology is the only such graduate program on Long Island.