The Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management Program is An Interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree program offered by the Departments of Psychology and Management to prepare professionals for work in business, industry, and government.
The program is designed to equip students with specialized training in human resource management. Emphases will be upon developing knowledge of theories, methods, and research findings derived from the behavioral sciences. Also emphasized is the acquisition of skills in the application of this knowledge to such organizational activities as selection, placement, and motivation of employees; training and development; performance appraisal; and development and change of organizations.
At Appalachian State University, the IOHRM program consists of 48 semester hours of graduate course work. The program is structured for full-time residential students (i.e., students should plan to live in Boone or its immediate vicinity). The typical student takes two years to complete the program.
Students enter in the fall of their first year and graduate in May or August of their second year. Most students elect to take course work, especially internships, during the summer between the first and second year. However, this is not required.
The policies and requirements for earning the Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management are articulated in the Department of Psychology's Graduate Student's Handbook, and the University's Graduate Bulletin
The program is Ranked second in the nation for Program Culture, third in the nation for Program Resources, and seventh in the nation for Program Costs (Kraiger and Abalos, 2004: Rankings of Graduate Programs in I-O Psychology based on Student Rankings of Quality).