Jul 23, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
2020-2021 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Psychology, Industrial/Organizational, MA

Professor Shahani-Denning, Graduate Program Director, 516-463-6343

This program prepares students for careers in such areas as human resources, training, management, and organizational development, in which they can apply current research and theory to problems that arise in a wide variety of organizational settings. It is also designed to enhance the careers of professionals who work in these areas by teaching them to apply best practices to issues that develop in their organizations. Research design, statistics, and psychology provide the foundation for advanced study in selection, training, performance appraisal, worker motivation, and organization development. The curriculum is strengthened by an internship sequence which provides on-site supervised experience working on applied projects in business and public agencies. The 44-credit program can be completed in two years by full-time students, and in three years by part-time students. Courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening to accommodate part-time students. Hofstra University’s master’s program in industrial/organizational psychology is the only such graduate program on Long Island.

The types of work that holders of applied master’s degrees in industrial/organizational psychology perform include employee selection, management development, survey research, training, organizational development, performance appraisal, career development and program evaluation. They are employed in industry, government, hospitals, social service and mental health agencies, advertising, and marketing research. Their titles include specialist, manager, director, and consultant, as in training and evaluation specialist, industrial relations manager, director of human resources, and organizational development consultant.

The program is designed to serve students and organizations in the geographic area centering on Long Island, New York. This region is endowed with many businesses, industries, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations which are undergoing complex change. The Master of Arts program invites students from diverse backgrounds and those with work experience after graduation from college.

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in psychology, business, or a related field with a GPA of B or better.
  2. Completion of courses in introductory psychology and elementary statistics with a grade of B or better. 
  3. GRE Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing scores must be provided from an examination within the previous five years of the date of the application. For non-native speakers of English, a TOEFL may be required unless waived by Graduate Admission and/or the program director, after having received evidence of English-language proficiency.
  4. Written statement of professional goals. 
  5. All prospective candidates will be personally interviewed. 

Program Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 44

The Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology comprises 15 courses totaling 44 semester hours. It is designed to be completed in four semesters by full-time students. Part-time students would be expected to complete the program in three years. No more than six transfer credits are accepted toward the degree.

General Psychology Electives - Semester Hours: at least 6

At least six semester hours of general psychology electives must be chosen from the following:

Industrial/Organizational Psychology Electives - Semester Hours: at least 6

At least six semester hours of industrial/organizational psychology electives must be chosen from the following:


Twelve additional semester hours of electives must be taken from the psychology courses listed above or from other graduate programs with written approval. The remaining three semester hours are earned either by completing an additional internship course, PSY 291 , or by the completion of a Master’s Essay, PSY 301 . All electives must be selected under advisement.

The graduate director will review the academic standing of all graduate students at the end of each semester.  To be considered in good standing, a student must maintain a 3.0 average.  Students who do not maintain a 3.0 average will be placed on academic probation.  Students who earn more than one C-, C, or C+ per semester, or who accumulate more than two C-, C, or C+ grades in their M.A. coursework, or who receive a D or an F in any course, will be dismissed from the program.  Students must demonstrate adequate competence in their major area.  If the director or program faculty determines that a student has failed to demonstrate this competence, he or she will be dismissed from the program.  Students may petition for readmission no sooner than one full year following dismissal.  

Students must pass a qualifying examination after completion of 25 semester hours in the program.  This examination is given in June and August of each year.  Students will have two opportunities to pass the qualifying examination.  Students who do not pass the qualifying examination the second time will be dismissed from the program.

Faculty will assess the student’s professional competence, ethical behavior, interpersonal skills and general adjustment at intervals throughout the program. These assessments are discussed with each student on a yearly basis, or more frequently if necessary.  All students in the program are expected to abide by the APA Code of Ethics.  Students must maintain a satisfactory level of performance in these areas to continue. 

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of all program requirements. 
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in overall graduate course work.