Industrial and Organizational Psychology—Personnel and Human Resources, M.A.

School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Program Overview

The Master of Arts program in industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology—personnel and human resources examines and applies the science of industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology to human resource management (HRM). With a multidisciplinary approach integrating business, HRM, and I/O psychology, the program will help you gain knowledge of theories, methods, and research findings to create and employ successful human resource strategies.

Industrial and Organizational Psychology—Personnel and Human Resources, M.A.

Where You'll Go

I/O psychologists with a specialization in personnel and human resources can improve hiring practices, develop training programs, and conduct such training as well as conduct research to help solve organizational problems. They work in human resource departments and in research departments, or as internal or external consultants. The program will prepare students for entry-level analyst and associate positions in the areas of personnel and human resources in many organizations.

Program Details

The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023-2024 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.

Program Description

This program prepares the student for entry-level analyst and associate positions in the areas of personnel and human resources in organizations. It shares a common core of five courses with other concentrations in industrial and organizational psychology, but places additional emphasis on theory, research, and practice in areas such as human resource management, job analysis, recruitment, selection, training, compensation, retention, and outplacement.

Matriculation Requirements

Applicants should offer: (a) an overall GPA of 3.00 or better, (b) a minimum of 12 credits in psychology, and (c) courses both in statistics and in research methods, with a grade of B or better in both courses.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete 36 credits and receive a passing grade on the comprehensive examination. The eight required courses include Psychology 7101G or 7231G; and 7105G, 7106G, 7210G, 7232G, 7236G, 7241G, and 7242G. The remainder of each student’s program consists of four elective courses (12 credits) that must be Psychology 7000-level courses within the psychology department. Other courses may be used as electives with prior Graduate Deputy approval. The comprehensive examination is a requirement of the program and students are eligible to take it when they have registered for their 24th credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Knowledge base in psychology: Acquire advanced knowledge in general core domains of industrial/organizational psychology, i.e. ethical, legal, professional contexts of I/O practice.
  2. Scientific inquiry and critical thinking: Acquire advanced knowledge in specific core domains of I/O psychology, according to the program of choice. Human Relations: knowledge of group psychology, organizational structures, leadership, and motivation.
  3. Ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world: Acquire knowledge and skills in data collection, data analysis, research methods, program evaluation including the critical analysis of research articles and scientific literature.
  4. Communication:Acquire skills in effective oral and written communication of scientific research to a wide range of audiences, e.g. scholars and practitioners. This includes mastering APA style, presentation software, and report writing.
  5. Professional development: Acquire advanced knowledge in additional industrial/organizational domains, e.g. gender, diversity, occupational health psychology, communication, career development and other areas.

Admissions Requirements

  • Fall Application Deadline – March 1, Rolling Admission
  • Spring Application Deadline – The program does not accept applications for spring.

Supporting Documents for Matriculation

Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Applicants who earned a bachelor’s degree outside the United States need to submit a ‘Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.’ See Graduate Admissions for more information.
  2. Resume
  3. Two letters of recommendation.
  4. Personal/professional statement.
  5. Fill out the Application Summary Fact Sheet (pdf) and e-mail to Tonia Hucey.

Please be advised this program does not accept non-degree seeking applicants.

Required Tests

  • F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL- 79, IELTS- 6.5, PTE- 58-63, Duolingo 105-160.

Refer to the instructions at Graduate Admissions.


Tonia Hucey, Graduate Program Assistant
5401 James Hall

Or contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions

222 West Quad Center
2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210
P: 718.951.4536

Office Hours

Mondays–Fridays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

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Internships and Employers

Through job fairs, the internship database, and internship panels, the Magner Career Center gives students in the psychology, industrial and organizational (I/O) programs access to career opportunities at a wide variety of employers, including:

  • BNY Mellon
  • Citi
  • City University of New York
  • Columbia University
  • The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.
  • JP Morgan & Chase Co.
  • Mount Sinai Health System
  • New York City Department of Education
  • New York City Health + Hospitals
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital
  • New York University
  • Northwell Health
  • Snap Inc.
  • Success Academy Charter Schools

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