The Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management Program is an Interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree, offered by the Departments of Psychology and Management, to prepare professionals for work in business, industry, and government. As part of the only cross-disciplinary master's degree program in the nation, students have the unique opportunity to leverage the application of I-O Psychology to business.
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. The program also emphasizes 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.
Appalachian State’s IOHRM program is nationally ranked
Second in the nation for Program Culture
Third in the nation for Program Resources
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)
The program adheres to SIOP's (Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology) guidelines for Master's level training in I-O Psychology. IOHRM students are members of both the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Business and take classes in both the Departments of Psychology and Management.