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    The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  Mar 31, 2023
2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum 
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2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum [Archived Catalog]

Industrial and Organizational Psychology Generalist Certificate

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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 online Industrial and Organizational Psychology certificate program acquire business and psychology skills to help them advance their career in management or human resources. Online 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 an online format, which is convenient for working professionals. Participants earn nine graduate level credits and a certificate of completion. Completed credits are transferable to the M.A. 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

Applicants to the Industrial and Organizational Psychology Generalist certificate must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application fee ($50)
  • Resume
  • At least three years of related post-baccalaureate relevant work experience or at least five years of unrelated work experience is recommended

In addition to the admission criteria, applicants must have access to a computer that is less than three years old, a broadband internet connection, the Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, and Outlook, and at minimum the following computing skills: A comfort with basic Internet technology, the ability to open and attach files, the ability to send and receive email, and the ability to save documents.

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.

The Curriculum

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