Industrial/Organizational Psychology BA-MA

Accelerated Program

I/O Psychology

Industrial/ Organizational Psychology

The specialization in industrial/organizational psychology is designed to equip the graduate with a working knowledge of practices and procedures in applying psychology in a variety of organizational settings

Entrance and Curriculum Requirements

The Department of Psychology and Counseling at the College at Florham has an accelerated program leading to a Master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. This program allows students to complete the typical B.A./M.A. course sequence in five years, rather than the usual six years, of full-time study.

Students must have completed a minimum of 60 undergraduate credits in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, with a minimum of 9 credits in psychology. A course in statistics must be completed before applying. If students are transferring into the University, they must have completed at least 9 credits at FDU before they can apply. Students' academic and work experiences should reflect a strong potential for successfully completing the academic requirements of the accelerated B.A./M.A. program. Academic potential will be determined by the graduate Admissions Committee of the Department of Psychology and Counseling on the basis of the following:

  1. Completed application (available in the Department of Psychology) 
  2. Academic transcripts
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. A résumé indicating prior work and life experience
  5. A personal statement regarding academic and career goals
  6. A personal interview 

The decision to accept applicants will be made on the basis of the foregoing data.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Graduate Component of Accelerated Degree Programs

Students will be allowed to continue in the graduate component of the five-year degree programs upon evaluation of performance in the undergraduate component of their particular programs; this evaluation will be performed by a committee of psychology faculty at the end of the student's third, fourth and fifth years. With regard to credits earned in graduate courses, students are required to maintain an overall grade point ratio of 3.00 and must not earn more than one C level grade throughout graduate course work. Students in this circumstance who are not permitted to continue in the graduate program will receive the B.A. in Psychology upon successful completion of their undergraduate curriculum (a total of 128 credits).

A written comprehensive examination of the student's knowledge of industrial/organizational psychology is required at the end of the program. Students are eligible to take this exam during the final semester in which they are enrolled in their graduate courses. The comprehensive examination may be taken only twice. Failure to pass the comprehensive examination will result in dismissal from the graduate program.

Specific Course Requirements for Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Students who complete the combined BA and MA program must meet all requirements in the following areas:

  1. Arts and sciences core
  2. Free electives
  3. Psychology, undergraduate, core and electives
  4. Psychology, graduate, core and electives

It is expected that many of the courses in the arts and sciences core and free electives will have been completed by the time students have accumulated the minimum of 60 undergraduate credits needed for admission to the program. Most of the psychology courses, undergraduate and graduate, would be taken in the last three years of the program, with the final year devoted exclusively to graduate courses.

For more information attend our evening Graduate Information Event!


Dr. Robert Griffo
Assistant Professor
Tel: 973-443-8556

Department of Psychology and Counseling
Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Ave - M-ZN2-01
Madison, NJ 07940

Fairleigh Dickinson University Mansion
Office Location
Zen Building
Second Floor

Jennifer Wilson
Administrative Assistant
Tel: 973-443-8547