Five-Year Integrated Bachelor and Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

This program has been designed for Fairfield University undergraduate students who are interested in a pathway other than an MBA to work in organizations and who want to develop the skills necessary to work as industrial/organizational specialists.

Graduates of the program assume positions in profit and non-profit organizations in human resources, training, consulting, research, organization development, recruiting and similar specialties. They have been employed in companies such as GE, Shell Oil, Gartner, Survey Sampling, Bank of Montreal, Deloitte & Touche, Hewitt Associates, Toyota and Merrill Lynch; and by the Red Cross, the Justice Department, and a number of universities such as Loyola, UConn, and Fairfield University. The skills, psychological principles and methodologies mastered in the program may be applied in a variety of organizational settings depending upon the student's interests and career choices.

To be eligible for admission students need to have an overall GPA of 3.00 in their undergraduate courses. They also must earn grades of at least B+ in the three required applied psychology courses taken while they are undergraduates: PY 0201PY 0202, and PY 0420.

Current Fairfield University undergraduates should apply by January 15 of their senior year, for admission the summer immediately following their graduation.

Alumni also are eligible to apply for the 30 credit 5th-year MA degree program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology if they meet the following criteria:

  1. Graduated within three years of the date of application
  2. Meet the general admissions requirements
  3. Earned B+ or better in the three prerequisite courses.

Alumni who as undergraduates earned the required grades of B+ in both PY 0201 and PY 0202 but who have not taken PY 0420 must complete PY 0420 with a grade of B+ or better within the first 9 credits of coursework. They will be eligible to apply for a modified MA program of 33 credits.

Undergraduate Prerequisites
PY 0201Statistics for Life Sciences4
PY 0202Research Methods in Psychology4
PY 0420Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology3
Graduate Credits
PY 0406Organizational Development3
PY 0435Psychology of Personality3
PY 0471Effective Interviewing3
PY 0475Program Evaluation3
PY 0480Consulting Theory and Practice3
PY 0485Performance Coaching3
PY 0501Fundamentals of Survey Design3
PY 0545Designing and Developing Training Programs3
PY 0578Field Work in Applied Psychology3
Select one of the following:3
Organizational Behavior
Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
Cross-Cultural Management
Comprehensive Exam in Applied Psychology
Total Credits41