Associate 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 psychological principles 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 psychology 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. Facilitating such change requires the services of professionals who are trained in the application of psychological principles to organizational problems. The master of arts program invites students from diverse backgrounds and those with work experience after graduation from college.