Colorado State University Online Master of Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Why Colorado State University? 

Applicants are sought for this large public research university in Fort Collins, Colorado’s online Master of Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology program. An undergraduate statistics course, along with industrial psychology, organizational psychology, human resource management (business), or organizational behavior (business) coursework, should be completed by applicants. Although it is not necessary, it is advised that applicants submit their GRE scores. Students must have completed their undergraduate studies with a minimum 3.0 GPA to be considered.

Program Snapshot

University Name Colorado State University
Location Fort Collins
State Colorado Grade A-
Name of Degree Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology
School or Department Administering Program Graduate School
Credits 38
Cost per credit $770.00
Tuition for Entire Program $29,260.00
Test Requirements GRE recommended
Minimum GPA 3
Prerequisite Courses and Skills
  • undergraduate course in industrial psychology, organizational psychology, human resource management (business), or organizational behavior (business)
  • an undergraduate course in statistics
Campus Visit Required? no
Typical Time to Complete 2-4 years
When Can Students Start the Program? Fall
Program Concentrations none
Synchronous classes no
Required Courses
  • Applied Industrial Psychology
  • Applied Psychological Research Methods I and II
  • Applied Psychological Research Design
  • Competency Modeling and Criterion Development
  • Seminar: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Applied Measurement Theory
  • Applied Organizational Psychology
  • Applied Cross-Cultural Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Workforce Training and Development
  • Applied Organizational Development
  • Succession Planning and Leadership Development
  • Capstone: Practicum and Skills Development
Does the Program Include a Capstone? Yes
Does the program include a practicum or internship? Yes
Other Features that Make the Program Unique strong emphasis on industrial and organizational themes; less flexibility in curriculum
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program)
  • Recruit, select, and retain high-quality employees
  • Identify training and development needs
  • Create, implement, and manage employee and leadership development programs
  • Address complex issues such as workplace diversity and anti-discrimination policies
  • Design and manage employee opinion and job satisfaction surveys
  • Analyze the effectiveness of workplace programs
  • Assess employee performance
  • Research and improve the quality of work environments
Program Description This program’s 38 credits can be completed within 2-4 years. Students are required to complete a research capstone and participate in an internship. Students learn foundational and advanced concepts in industrial and organizational psychology, and gain skills to conduct research in the area. 

What will I Learn?

The study of human cognitions and behavior within sizable organizations, particularly in workplaces, is known as industrial and organizational psychology. This area of study is mostly focused on identifying and resolving workplace-related issues including human behavior at the individual, group, and organizational levels.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to recruit, choose and retain employees, support employee training and leadership development, and address workplace diversity and anti-discrimination issues.  Graduates will also be able to research job satisfaction through surveys, analyze workplace programs, and improve the quality of workplace environments. 

Students begin the program by studying foundational topics in courses such as Applied Industrial Psychology, Workforce Training and Development, and Competency Modeling and Criterion Development. Students gain fundamental skills while taking Applied Psychological Research Methods I and II, Applied Psychological Research Design, and Applied Measurement Theory. Students deepen their understanding through a Seminar: Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and advanced coursework in Applied Organizational Psychology, Applied Cross-Cultural Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Applied Organizational Development, and Succession Planning and Leadership Development. As a capstone to the curriculum, students are required to take Capstone: Practicum and Skills Development.

No concentration areas are offered.

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within 2-4 years and pay $770.00 per credit for a total of 38 credits, or just under $30,000.00 for the entire degree.

How does the program fit into my life?

Students are not needed to log in at a specific time for any of the courses because they are all taught asynchronously. Instead, there are weekly online tasks that students must accomplish and frequent opportunities for interaction with their teacher and peers. Watching lectures online, finishing interactive practice assignments, and taking part in online group discussions are just a few examples of what you can do online. 

It is not necessary to visit the campus. Within 2-4 years, students complete the curriculum. The program can be started by students in the fall semester. 


This program places a strong emphasis on industrial and organizational themes. Applicants may be attracted by this well-respected university and the opportunity to collaborate with advanced faculty. Higher in cost than many of its peers, the program offers valuable opportunities, including a required practicum.