Touro College Graduate School of Psychology Offers Master's Degree Program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Date: November 08, 2012
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New York, N.Y. – Touro College’s Graduate School of Psychology today announced it is offering a Master of Science degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (I/O), a field predicted to hold promise for job seekers in the next decade.

“We are very excited to be welcoming this program into the Graduate School of Psychology,” said Dr. Dominick Fortugno, director of the School Psychology Program, who is overseeing the master’s program in I/O Psychology. “Companies are restructuring and looking to I/O psychologists for help with workplace assessment, as well as talent selection and management.”

Citing statistics from the Department of Labor, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), the premier membership organization for those practicing and teaching I/O psychology, has called I/O a “Hot Job” with employment opportunities increasing through 2018.

“Our students will be prepared for these future opportunities,” Dr. Fortugno said. “Touro’s program will teach students to assess organizational effectiveness, devise and implement strategies for improvement, and measure outcomes, using a broad range of psychological and behavioral approaches.”

He added that the program is appropriate for individuals from a wide range of professional backgrounds, including organizational consultants, human resource professionals, psychologists, educators, school administrators and others who want to enhance their professional capabilities and career options.

The field of I/O is a varied one that dates back at least 100 years. During World War I, prediction of work performance was needed as new troops were assigned to duty. After the war, the field grew along with the nation’s industrial base. Today, I/O encompasses the scientific study of employees, workplaces and organizations, and I/O psychologists contribute to the success of organizations by improving employee performance, satisfaction and well-being. I/O psychologists work as professors, researchers and consultants, among other roles.

Students are required to complete 12 courses exploring issues of psychology in the workplace, including assessment, consulting, motivation and organizational design, as well as a capstone field experience. The new program complements existing Master of Science programs in the graduate school, including School Psychology, Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling.

Courses will be offered both at the Graduate School of Psychology at Touro’s midtown Manhattan campus on West 23rd Street, as well as the Graduate School of Business, located downtown at 65 Broadway.