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Industrial Pyschology Master's Degree Online: A Student's Guide

written by: R. Elizabeth C. Kitchen•edited by: Laurie Patsalides•updated: 4/30/2010

Have you considered obtaining an industrial psychology Master's degree online? If so, read on to learn more about this degree, where to obtain it, and what you can do once you complete it.

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    Industrial psychology, often referred to as organizational psychology, is considered to be a relatively new branch of psychology. It was put in place for organizations and corporations in need of additional structure. It provides such structure through evaluating the behavior of employees for the success of the company. An industrial psychology Master's degree online will prepare students for this field, or help them advance if they are already employed in it.

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    Required Courses

    industrial psychology Master's degree online courses Students will take a variety of core classes, such as orientation to graduate learning in psychology, research methods, history and systems of psychology, inferential statistics, lifespan development, tests and measurements, and learning theories in psychology.

    The specialization courses include principles of organizational/industrial psychology, psychology practices in human resource and personnel management, psychology of leadership, consultation psychology, and an integrative project for a Master's degree in psychology. Students must also choose one graduate course as an elective.

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    Average Completion Time

    To complete this online Master's degree students must complete 65 quarter credits. It will take students about two to three years to complete this degree online.

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    Top Online Schools

    Capella University offers an industrial psychology Master's degree online. This university is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

    Students will pay a non-refundable $75.00 application fee that must be submitted along with their application for enrollment. International students must pay a non-refundable fee of $100.00 for international transcript evaluation. Master's degree students will pay a $125.00 non-refundable fee referred to as the Capella Prior Learning Assessment fee per credit. The tuition per four-credit psychology course is $1,624.00 and the tuition per three-credit psychology course is $1,218.00. Students who qualify can obtain financial aid through federal financial aid, scholarships and grants, and non-federal student loans. Students can also reduce the cost of their tuition through transfer credit, US Armed Forces education discounts, corporate alliances, veterans benefit programs, and employer reimbursement.

    Student's will also need a Bachelor's degree in psychology or a related field.

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    Possible Careers

    industrial psychology Master's degree online career Industrial psychologists use psychological research methods and psychological principles in the work environment to help improve the work life of employees. They may assist in researching marketing and management issues. They may also be involved in helping management improve productivity, counsel applicants for jobs, training and screening applicants for jobs, and perform organizational analysis and development. Industrial psychologists often work as consultants, either independent or for a consulting firm. They are often contracted by a company's management to help solve a specific problem in the workplace.

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    Career Outlook and Salary

    Those who have a specialty, such as industrial psychology, will have the best chance at employment opportunities. Between now and 2018, employment opportunities in psychology is expected to grow 12 percent which is normal for most professions. The median annual salary for industrial psychologists is $77,010.00.

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    Why is it Better to Obtain this Degree Online?

    Obtaining a Master's degree online provides students with convenience and flexibility that they would not have if pursuing the same degree on a traditional college campus. Students are able to attend class wherever they would like, and in most cases, whenever they would like. Students will still have to meet deadlines like they would if they were attending class on campus, but they will not be on a strict class schedule. Read more informative articles about how to succeed in a virtual class right here on Bright Hub.

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