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  Mar 04, 2024
2022-2023 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum 
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2022-2023 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum [Archived Catalog]

Industrial and Organizational Psychology Generalist Certificate

Online - Anaheim - Dallas - Los Angeles - San Diego - Washington, DC


Professionals with an understanding of industrial and organizational psychology principles and approaches continue to be in high demand in the work place. Students in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology certificate program acquire business and psychology skills to help them advance their career in management or human resources. Graduates learn valuable principles in organizational behavior, including how to adapt to organizational change, motivate organizational teams, and increase employee productivity. Coursework covers topics such as organizational behavior, organizational culture and design, and management and leadership. Graduates gain the knowledge, expertise, and confidence to grow professionally and take advantage of new career opportunities.

Students are required to take the IO 510  Oragnizational Behavior course which examines the factors that drive productivity and success in an organization and choose two electives from an array of options, including courses on training theory, performance evaluation, team dynamics, consumer motivation, and more. Under certain circumstances the IO 510  Organizational Behavior course may be waived with the approval of the Department Chair.

The program is offered in both online and on ground formats, which is convenient for working professionals. Participants earn nine graduate level credits and a certificate of completion. Completed credits are transferable to the MA Industrial and Organizational Psychology degree program.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate program students will be able to develop organizational assessment, intervention, and evaluation strategies that are both:

  • consistent with the pragmatic constraints and opportunities of a real-world situation and
  • drawn from relevant research and theory in I/O psychology.

Admission Requirements

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Application to the Industrial and Organizational Psychology Generalist Certificate program is open to any person who has earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. Applicants will be judged on their overall ability to do graduate work. Factors that are considered in admission are: GPA from undergraduate and any graduate schools, successful work history after completion of the baccalaureate degree, the admission essay, and letters of recommendation from academic professors or professional or volunteer experience supervisors. Generally, an undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for admission. Applicants must submit official transcripts from all schools where a degree was earned. It is recommended that transcripts are submitted from all schools where credit was received to support their applications. A completed application and the application fee ($50) is required for consideration. 

Applicant Notification

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology reviews applications on a rolling basis. Once review begins, complete applications will be considered by the Admission Committee and applicants will be notified regarding the admission decision. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology does not share information or provide any feedback regarding admission decisions.

If a student is offered admission, in order to secure a place in the incoming class, a non-refundable tuition deposit of $250 will be required by the deposit deadline indicated in the offer of admission. The non-refundable deposit will be applied in full toward the student’s tuition upon enrollment.


The following policies are located under Academic Policies and Procedures : Academic Calendar, Admissions Requirements, Attendance, Satisfactory Academic Progress, Service Learning, and Transfer Credit/Course Waiver. Click the link above for detailed information.

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