Master of Arts in Psychology: Industrial-Organizational Concentration

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Prepare for a career as an I-O psychology practitioner.

A powerful combination of psychological science and business application, industrial-organizational psychology is one of the fastest growing and most lucrative subspecialties within psychology.

  • Graduate ready to enter the field with practical experience gained through an internship or applied thesis.
  • Learn to improve both the effectiveness of organizations and the work-life quality of employees.
  • Choose the only I-O psychology master’s degree in the capital city of Raleigh, recently ranked the 2nd best city to live in by Money Magazine.
  • Receive hands-on career guidance, professional development and 1:1 coaching from the moment you enter the program until you walk across the stage at graduation – and beyond.
  • Develop valuable mentor and peer relationships in a small, student-focused program.
  • Strong graduate employment rate at top companies including Amazon, Cisco, WakeMed, Lowes, Curi, IQVIA, PPD, and Butterball. Read more about how some of our alumni are using their degrees to improve the world of work. 

Explore the program.

Meredith’s M.A. in Psychology | Industrial-Organizational concentration is a two-year, student-focused program that offers hands-on career guidance and a high graduate employment rate with top organizations.


I-O psychology’s projected growth rate over the next ten year


Simple Dollar ranks I-O psychology number one among “10 Master’s Degrees that Can Actually Pay Off”


median annual salary across all categories of I-O practitioners


Meredith alumni who secure I-O related jobs within 3 months of graduation

What is industrial-organizational psychology?

According to the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), I-O psychology is the scientific study of working and the application of that science to workplace issues facing individuals, teams, and organizations.

“I often describe I-O psychologists to people as the therapist for organizations. We can understand an organization, diagnose it with data science, and then treat it with an intervention.” Emily Buchanan, ’21, Training & Development Specialist – US LBM

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Why study I-O psychology at Meredith?

As a graduate student in Meredith’s graduate I-O psychology program, you’ll benefit from our outstanding reputation in the field of psychology, as well as our extensive contacts with area employers. And with a semester-long internship, you’ll graduate ready to immediately enter the field.

“In my current role, the work has been about examining processes and questioning why and how they came to be. It’s about recognizing systems that no longer serve everyone and coming up with a strategic plan to change them, putting that plan into action, and measuring the outcomes to ensure it’s working.”  Michele Xiong, ’21, Director of Diversity & Inclusion – Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®

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Strong Graduates

Elizabeth Anglis

At Meredith, Elizabeth Anglis, ’21, M.A. in psychology, learned the importance of investing in human capital and how to practice critical thinking while keeping people at the forefront.

Cathedia Rose

Cathedia Rose, ’21, M.A. in psychology, said Meredith’s program gave her the tools to improve hiring practices and performance appraisals with methods backed by a scientific practitioner approach.

Michelle Xiong

Through Meredith’s I-O psychology program, Michelle Xiong, ’21, M.A. in psychology, was prepared to pursue a job that fulfills her desire to work in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Paul Jones

Paul Jones, ’20, M.A. in psychology, learned not only how to apply evidence-based concepts to the workplace, but how those changes can impact the bottom line for organizations.

Emily Buchanan

Emily Buchanan, ’21, M.A. in psychology, said Meredith gave her knowledge and tools to create meaningful change for individuals at her organization by being able to ask the right questions.

Arielle Smith

According to Arielle Smith, ’21, M.A. in Psychology, without Meredith’s program, she would have never landed her internship or her job as an HR Assessment Analyst.

I-O Careers

Meredith’s graduate I-O psychology program prepares you for a variety of career paths within this fast-growing field. Whether you want to work as a consultant, as a specialist within an HR department, or hold a managerial or supervisory role, Meredith will prepare you to immediately enter the field as an I-O practitioner.