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Master of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, (MIOP)


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Program Overview

The Master of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (MIOP) 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.

Admission Requirements

At Adler University, we take great pride in our diverse student body. Students represent a wide range of professional interests, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and academic and work histories. We admit individuals with a strong record of academic achievement and a commitment to social responsibility.

Applicants to the program must have the following:

  • A baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution.
  • Evidence of interest and experience in social change efforts
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher for all undergraduate or graduate coursework.
  • Completion, with a grade of C or better, of a three-credit course in research methods.
  • International students must have a minimum score in one of the following English proficiency tests:
    • 92 or better on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) with no band lower than 22
    • 7.0 IELTS overall with no bands below 6.5
    • PTE must have a minimum score of 62

Applicants are required to submit the following items to be considered for admission:

  • Application and application fee
  • Statement of Intent answering the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in your chosen field and program?
    • Why is Adler University’s program a good fit for you?
    • What are your career goals and interests?
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended (U.S and Canada)
    • Please have official transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions
    • Unofficial transcripts are accepted for any schools in which a degree was not received
    • Applicants with international (outside the U.S. or Canada) post-secondary education should send a scan of their official transcript to the admissions office as this program is exempt from the requirement to complete a transcript evaluation. Please speak to your Admissions Advisor if you require more details.

All applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements will be required to interview with a program representative. Applicants will be assessed on their academic background, work and/or volunteer experience, fit with university mission and the program of interest. Based on the interview, the decision will be (a) direct admission to the graduate program of interest (MIOP), or (b) admission to the Graduate Preparatory Program (GPP) + MIOP or (c) denied admission.

International applicants without a social sciences background or with an overall IELTS score of 6.5 and a writing band score of 6.5, or an Internet-based TOEFL of 88 and a writing band of at least 22, may also be considered for admission with a requirement to start in the Graduate Preparatory Program to fulfill the language and/or prerequisite requirements.

Students who are admitted to the GPP are required to successfully complete this 12-week, non-credit program.

*Applicants submitting admission documents (transcripts, bank documents, English proficiency scores, etc.) that are found to have been altered or fabricated will be denied admission. Denials based on fraudulent documents cannot be appealed.

International Applicants

Applicants with international (outside the U.S. or Canada) post-secondary education should send a scan of their official transcript to the admissions office as this program is exempt from the requirement to complete a transcript evaluation. Please speak to your admissions advisor if you require more details.

  *Applicants submitting admission documents (transcripts, bank documents, English proficiency scores, etc.) that are found to have been altered or fabricated will be denied admission. Denials based on fraudulent documents cannot be appealed.

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.

Professional Practicum

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 the Organizational Psychology faculty of Adler University.. 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 nonprofit organizations,EAP firms, management consulting firms, and relocation or outplacement firms.

Total Credit Hours Required: 45


Curriculum Sequence


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