MS Degree in Organizational Psychology
Getting an MS degree in organizational psychology means you have to pair yourself with the right graduate program. Before you start looking schools, however, check out the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s (SIOP’s) recommendations for applying to a graduate program. In addition, SIOP distributes a number of publications to its members regarding the current state of I/O psychology and a listing of graduate schools offering various degrees in psychology and related fields.
Before you pursue an MS in organizational psychology, you may wish to explore the kinds of jobs you can expect to be eligible for once you graduate. Unless you go on for a doctoral degree in the field, it is unlikely that any university will permanently hire you as a professor. However, you may qualify as an adjunct or other kind of temporary instructor.
People with MS degrees in organizational psychology typically work in industry doing various tasks for organizations. With an MS degree, you will be capable of conducting research for organizations on a variety of topics such as recruitment, retention of employees, employee morale, training, work-life balance, and other areas. If you specialize in clinical work during your program, you may also provide clinical psychology services for employees needing such help.
Many organizational psychologists also conduct research on their own for several reasons. One reason is to establish oneself as an expert in the field and gain some notoriety. This notoriety can make it easier to get a good job because you will already be considered an expert before you enter an organization.
Some organizational psychologists choose to work freelance style rather than work for just one organization. Providing training and psychology services to various organizations, the freelance business owner is capable of much higher income albeit with far less stability in income flow.