Graduate Certificate in Applied Workplace Psychology

Department of Psychological Science

                                         Program Description /   Curriculum / Course Description

                                                         Admission Requirements   /      Graduate Degree


Program Description:

The Applied Workplace Psychology Graduate Certificate is designed to serve as a recruitment tool for the Industrial-Organizational Psychology MS Program.  This program will offer students a set of foundational courses in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.  Students who pass all four courses with a grade of B or better in each course can gain entry to the I-O psychology MS program with the other application requirements being waived.  The included courses cover an introductory seminar course, an advanced research methods course, a course on job analysis and performance appraisal and a small group dynamics course which will examine groups and teams in organizations.

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The Applied Workplace Psychology Certificate Program is open to all persons holding a B.S.,M.S.,or Ph.D. degree in Psychology, Business or a related field and who have minimum of one year of professional employment experience. Once admitted to the program, the student must take the four designed courses (provided in the curriculum section). In order to receive a Graduate Certificate, the student must have an average cumulative grade point of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses. Once admitted to the program, a student will be given three years to complete the program.

Students admitted to the Applied Workplace Psychology Certificate Program will have non-degree graduate status, however, they will earn graduate credit for the course they complete. If the student completes the four-course sequence with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, they, upon application, will be admitted to the M.S. degree program in Industrial Organizational Psychology. The certificate credits taken by the students admitted  to the M.S. degree Program will count towards their master's degrees. Students who do not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to begin the course in the Applied Workplace Psychology Certificate Program will be allowed to take "bridge" courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal certificate courses.

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All four courses in the Applied Workplace Psychology Curriculum will be offered once per year. All of these courses are available both on-campus as well as via distance.

Fall Courses:

  • Psych 5010 Introduction to I-O Psych
  • Psych 5210 Advanced Research Methods in I-O

 Spring Courses:

  • Psych 5700 Job Analysis & Performance Management
  • Psych 5601 Small Group Dynamics

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Course Descriptions:

Course descriptions can be found in the catalog at


Graduate Degrees:

Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master's degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding Department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters  of recommendation. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This gradaute certificate may act as a gateway to the following master's program:

Psychological Science (MS)

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program.

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