The Master of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (MIOP) degree program prepares graduates to work in a variety of areas related to organizational design, organization development, talent management, consulting and leadership for business, industry, and the public sector. The degree offers curricula that supports the integration of theory, practice, applied research and community service within the disciplines of industrial and organizational psychology and related fields. Knowledge and skills developed in the program will enable graduates to provide consultation to and leadership in organizational settings on the level of the individual, the work group, and organizational systems and structures.
This degree requires students to complete two practica: a 200-hour Social Justice Practicum and a 300-hour organizational development practicum completed in an organizational setting. The program also requires students to complete the MIOP Comprehensive Project to ensure students have the requisite understanding and delivery of an organizational project and demonstrate the ability to critically analyze research, theory and its application to practice in the field of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
Designed for the professional learner, the program is offered in a flexible weekday, weekday evening, and weekend format. This allows students to maintain their involvement with their work while completing the program.
Graduates are not eligible for registration as a clinical counsellor.
To be considered for admission, an applicant must meet the following criteria:
• A baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution
• A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate or graduate coursework
• The equivalent of six semester credit hours in baccalaureate level psychology with a grade of C or better. These courses must include introductory psychology and research methods.
International students, whose first language is not English, are required to receive a score of 88 or better on the iBT (Internet based) TOEFL or 6.5 (overall) on IELTS. Students with IELTS 6.5 overall & 6.0 in reading and writing, or 6.0 overall, with no band below 6.0 are required to successfully complete a 12-week, non-credit Graduate Preparatory Program as a prerequisite for admission into the Master of Industrial and Organizational Psychology Program. Applicants without sufficient program-relevant coursework are required to successfully complete the 12-week, non-credit Graduate Preparatory Program as a prerequisite for admission into the Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology or the Master of Industrial Psychology Programs.
Applicants will be evaluated through a writing sample and an interview as the final step in the application process. Students must complete all coursework required for the program at Adler University Vancouver Campus. The only exceptions to this policy are any courses accepted for transfer credit in accordance with the University’s official Transfer Credit Policy. For full details about our admissions requirements, visit adler.edu.
Practicum - Vancouver Campus
Social Justice Practicum (SJP)
In their second year of the program, students will spend eight to 10 hours per week over the course of six months at an approved Social Justice Practicum (SJP) site and must concurrently enroll in required coursework or thesis requirements. A minimum of 200 clock hours of SJP is required. For more information, students should contact the Manager of Community Action & Engagement, Vancouver Campus.
Students are required to complete a 300-hour organizational development practicum, which is typically completed in an organizational setting. Prior to commencing the practicum, each student will receive a review by program faculty to ensure capacity and readiness to complete the practicum. Students receive supervision by designated practitioners in the organizational setting, as well as via supervision by Organizational Psychology faculty of Adler. The goal of the practicum is for students to build their capacity as a practitioner by applying their knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values from their experience in the program. Students are typically at their sites two to three days per week for a period of four months. Approved sites include a range of settings, such as HR or OD departments in public, private, or not-for-profit organizations; EAP firms; management consulting firms; and relocation or outplacement firms.