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

The integrated program is an opportunity for Fairfield University undergraduate psychology students to leverage their success in the major towards their graduate degree. It is an intensive program (three semesters of additional coursework and exams), in which students prepare themselves for a career as I/O psychology practitioners. The program is ideal for students who are looking to apply their psychology, analytical, and communication skills in settings ranging from large organizations to small consultancies.

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: PSYC 2810, PSYC 2820, and PSYC 5110.

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.

Current undergraduate students or recent alumni who earned the required grades of B+ in both PSYC 2810 and PSYC 2820 but who did not take PSYC 5110 are eligible to apply for a modified MA program of 33 credits, at the discretion of the program director. If admitted, such students must complete PSYC 5110 with a grade of B+ or better within the first 9 credits of graduate coursework.

Undergraduate Prerequisites
PSYC 2810Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences4
PSYC 2820Research Methods in Psychology4
PSYC 5110Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology3
Graduate Credits
PSYC 5230Psychology of Personality3
PSYC 5240Organizational Development3
PSYC 6230Program Evaluation3
PSYC 6240Consulting Theory and Practice3
PSYC 6510Fundamentals of Survey Design3
PSYC 6520Performance Coaching3
PSYC 6530Effective Interviewing3
PSYC 6260Development and Training Programs3
PSYC 6850Field Work in Applied Psychology3
Select one of the following:3
Conflict Communication
Communication Philosophies, Theories, and Research Traditions
Perspectives and Theories in Organizational Communication
Small Group and Team Communication
Communication and Organizational Leadership
Organizational Behavior
Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
Cross-Cultural Management
PSYC 6999Comprehensive Exam in Applied Psychology0
Total Credits41