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Alie Baranauskas
Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator for the School of Social Work and Behavioral Sciences
abaranauskas@springfieldcollege.edu
(413) 748-3060

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Mia Tran, PhD
Director of Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Department of Psychology
(413) 748-3316
ntran3@​springfield.edu

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What is industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology? It is the scientific study of psychology and human behavior in the workplace to improve organizational and employee outcomes such as performance, productivity, efficiency, engagement, climate and well-being. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is one of the fastest growing occupations.  

Springfield College IO Psychology Masters of Science Program

The Springfield College I/O Psychology masters of science program uses a scientist-practitioner model that allow students to understand how data science and psychological theories can be used to address real-world workplace challenges. Students in the program develop research and practical knowledge on the field’s current trends, and experience skill-based training on applied research, measurement, consulting, and Human Resources. 

What can you learn in the program?

The program’s unique curriculum prepares students to develop the core competencies to be successful future professionals that can use research and data to help transform organizations to make more data-informed decisions, and thrive in complex and ambiguous environments. 

Through the program, students will learn how to:

  • Develop or implement a talent management strategy (recruiting, selecting, and retaining high-performing employees) 
  • Develop or implement effective employee training and development using a needs analysis
  • Design, utilize and translate assessments tools to improve organizational effectiveness and climate 
  • Conduct research and analyze data to solve workplace issues
  • Address or manage workplace ethics, equity, and diversity to foster an inclusive setting
  • Develop and assess leadership development initiatives 

Program Details

  • Flexible afternoon/evening course schedules ideal for part-time and full-time working students.
  • Applied and experiential learning in our courses using case studies, simulations, and applied projects with real organizations.
  • Small class sizes to support students learning and development.
  • Strong alumni network for internship and job placement.
  • Network with scholars and practitioners in the field through program-sponsored professional workshops or events.
  • Build a life-long support network with your peers through organized program social events. 
  • Opportunity to complete a thesis or research project.

Hear from Springfield College Assistant Professor of Psychology Ny Mia Tran as she provides an overview of the Industrial/Organizational Psychology graduate program.

Students in the program have the opportunity to work on applied projects that advance their knowledge and practice in I/O Psychology. With the support and guidance of our program faculty, students gain data analysis experience and receive consulting training through real organizational projects. 

I/O Psychology faculty and students holding iPads, discussing around a table

Student Testimonial

Brenna Kelly

My favorite part about the I/O program at Springfield College is that the curriculum is entirely transferable to the workplace. It prepares you with the skills and abilities needed to succeed within the I/O field and gives you incredible networking opportunities.

Currently, I am a second-year SCIOP student with one semester left until graduation! Additionally, I am a Human Resources Intern at CRRC MA, where I perform organizational development and change work within a train manufacturing plant.

The best advice I would give to students interested in an I/O graduate program would be to be open to the many different career paths that I/O offers. Put your all into every class you take and see what clicks for you!

Brenna Kelly

Alum Testimonial

Shannan Fields G`21

The I/O program helped me to understand and critically think about the workplace and the systems within it. The program offered many opportunities for real-world experiences that helped me apply and grow my skills. I value my time at Springfield College because I could tell that every student and faculty member I met wanted and believed I could succeed.

Shannan Fields

Alumni Excellence Award

In 2018, Shannon Langone  '97 G '15 was the recipient of the Alumni Excellence Award. After completing her master's in Industrial/Organizational Psychology in 2015, she became the Manager of Recruitment for UP Education Network, a nonprofit that partners with public school districts to turn around chronically underperforming schools. She is now the Director of Recruitment of all six of UP's schools in Massachusetts. 

More recent Alumni Excellence Award recipients include Kris Gustaitis (2019) and Susanna Tharakan (2020).

IO Psych Alumni Excellence Award 2018 group

Alumna Spotlight

Tabitha McCourt, M.S. '18 is currently the HR Generalist at RealPage, Inc. (a Real Estate Tech Company). She supports 2 business units, Buildium and Propertyware which are Real Estate software. In addition, she will be supporting a new acquisition soon, HomeWiseDocs.

Recent achievement or success: She had a recent career change from HR in a manufacturing plant to HR at a Boston-based tech company!

"My graduate project was about the impact of management training on employee organizational commitment. In my previous role as an HR Manager I was able to develop a training program for all levels of the company that was able to utilize my research. The Springfield College IOP program gave me the foundations that I needed to start a career in HR. I was the graduate fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year, which provided leadership experience that I am still utilizing in my career today."

Tabitha McCourt
Admissions Requirements

Complete the application form. No application fee.

Start your application process by completing the online application form. Be sure to complete your application by submitting all the required materials outlined in this section. 

Graduate Admissions Essay

Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your essay.

In two to three double-spaced pages, please describe significant life experiences that have contributed to your interest in your field, your understanding of this field, your occupational objectives, and why you have chosen Springfield College. 

Resume

Please include any college activities, out-of-school leadership experiences, work history, and community involvement to support your interest in or qualifications for graduate study. Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your resume

Letters of Recommendation

This program requires two letters of recommendation. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application.

Interview

This program requires an interview.

Official Transcripts from All Institutions Previously/Currently Attended

  • An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required.
  • Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
  • In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to graduate@springfield.edu, or mailed to the college address:

    Springfield College
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    263 Alden Street
    Springfield, MA 01109

International Applicants

All international applicants from non-English speaking countries are required, in addition to the items listed above, to submit:

  • Proof of English language proficiency by way of the TOEFL or IELTS. Other tests may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please refer to our language requirements for more information on acceptable tests, minimum scores, exemptions, and conditional acceptance. If your undergraduate degree was earned in the United States and you successfully completed college-level English, we will consider English language proficiency met.
  • Please note: Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For this we recommend SpanTran, with its customized portal for Springfield College applicants. World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. are also recommended for your credential evaluations.

The staff in the Office of International Admissions can assist you with questions you may have about enrolling at Springfield College as an international student by emailing intladmissions@springfieldcollege.edu.

To submit materials:

After submitting your online application form you will receive user login credentials to access your student application portal. From that portal, you will be able to upload your graduate admissions essay and your resume. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to graduate@springfield.edu, or mailed to the college address:

Springfield College
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109

A. Program requirements (12 credits)

B. Research requirements (11 credits)

C. Selectives (6 credits)

Select a minimum of six credits from the following:

D. Alternative Content Selectives

In consultation with the Program Director, select from the following courses to meet the program requirement of 38 credits (Note: students may also select courses from the Industrial and Organizational Psychology Selectives that were not used to meet that requirement):

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APPLY ONLINE

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis prior to the start of the intended term of entry.

Priority deadlines are as follows:

  • March 15 for fall (September) entry

All required supporting materials are due as follows:

  • April 1 for fall (September) entry

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The Alumni Excellence Award event invites current students and alumni to join us in celebrating our past graduates’ excellence in the field. A selected group from our program alumni are nominated and awarded the Alumni Excellence Award in recognition for their professional excellence, outstanding achievement in the field of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and recognized for their service to others. The recipient is invited on-campus to accept their award and provide a presentation on their career journey. This event also serves as a networking opportunity for current students to develop relationships with others in the field. In this picture is Kristain Gustaitis, Director of Total Rewards at Hollingsworth & Voss, who received the Springfield College IO Psychology Alumni Excellence Award Recipient in 2022. Other awardees included: Kristin Leutz, Jason Delano, and Mike Gellman.

Group picture of alumni excellence award event, 8 people standing with an award

The IOP graduate program hosts the Spring Fling every year in the spring semester. The event showcases student research presentations followed by end-of-the-year celebrations and an award ceremony for the Graduate Student Excellence Award. The Graduate Student Excellence award recipient is selected based on their performance and contribution to the program, and the IOP profession. It is a fun event to celebrate another year of SCIOP with great food, conversation, and shared experiences.

Spring Fling Social and Student Awards Event, 8 people standing in a group

In the fall semester, the program hosts several professional speaker series, known as the Professional Shop Talk Hour. Successful members of the Industrial/Organizational Psychology profession are invited to share their experiences, answer fielded questions by students, and provide tips for entering the field of I/O. This valuable networking opportunity provides current students with insight into the real world application of their degree, as well as connections for potential career paths. Previous speakers included: Chantal Demmons - Consulting, Vivian A. Woo- People Analytics, and Jacob Martin -Leadership Assessments.

poster of Professional Shop Talk Hour Event