Industrial/Organizational Graduate Program FAQs
We're excited that you're interested in the industrial/organizational psychology program at Springfield College!
Here are a few questions that we've had asked during the exploration and application process for our program. Of course, if you have further questions, we encourage you to reach out to Director of Industrial/Organizational Psychology Mia Tran, PhD, at (413) 748-3316 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long does it take to complete the industrial/organizational psychology program?
Typically, full-time graduate students are able to complete the program in one and a half to two years. Depending on student’s own flexibility and schedule, they can choose to take longer to complete the program by being a part-time student and taking fewer courses each semester.
What are classes like?
All industrial/organizational psychology program specific courses are held in the late afternoon or evenings in a 2.5 hour block that meets once a week in-person on our Springfield, MA college campus. Classes are scheduled to accommodate students who are either working or completing internships while pursuing their master's degree.
How many students are in each class?
The number of students in each course often depends on whether or not the course is specialized to the industrial/organizational psychology program. There can be anywhere from five to 25 students enrolled in a course.
How many credits do I need each semester to be considered a full-time graduate student?
At Springfield College, graduate students are considered to be full-time when they are enrolled in nine course credits each semester. Typically, this amounts to three courses per semester, with each course valued at three credits.
How is the current tuition for courses?
Visit our graduate cost and fees page to see all current tuition and fee information.
Are students able to participate in research?
The short answer: Absolutely! Students have multiple opportunities to participate in research!
Part of the completion of the industrial/organizational psychology concentration is to conduct research projects, through the guidance of the material learned in courses like Foundations and Methods in Research, Educational and Psychological Statistics, Proposal Design, and Research Methods in Psychology. Students also may be able to apply the material they learned in class to real-life research scenarios through their internship course. Additionally, students may have the opportunity to participate in research conducted by other graduate students, both in the industrial/organizational psychology concentration and other graduate programs and concentrations.
Do students complete a thesis or a research project?
Students have the choice to complete either a thesis or a research project before their commencement. However, students can choose to write a thesis instead of completing a research project. The majority of students typically choose to complete a research project, as students already learn research components within their research-based classes.
Is an internship required?
Students are not required to have an internship in the industrial/organizational psychology program. However, students may find value in being able to work within a non-classroom setting to apply the material they learn to a real-world scenario and be able to put industrial/organizational psychology-related experience on their resumes before graduation.
What will my work-life-school balance look like in this program?
Given that a majority of the courses within the industrial/organizational psychology program take place in the evening, many students are able to balance their part-time, full-time, and/or internships with their coursework. With a little organization, students should be able to balance work and school responsibilities quite well.
What do industrial/organizational psychology students do after graduation?
Many industrial/organizational psychology alumni have found positions in human resources and organizational development as directors, managers, business partners, and other roles. Others have developed their own careers as consultants. Alumni often advance their careers working in the fields of talent management and recruiting, organizational development and change, leadership development, training and development, career counseling, research analytics, administration, and operations.