The Psychology Department’s Industrial/Organizational Concentration has introduced a new Graduate Level degree, designed to be completely online. The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) program in Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology is designed for those students who have some working experience, a full time job, and want to get a graduate degree.
The MPS will be different from the Master’s Degree because it targets those who are working, and the information will be more applied, using strategies and conceptual frameworks to improve student’s skillsets. It will focus on how to use the information from the I/O program in a practical setting, and students will learn using courses designed by faculty. Former PHD students who have been working out in the field have also been tasked with helping to develop courses, adding to the program’s unique focus on applying psychological concepts to real world situations.
The program will be headed by Dr. Afra Ahmad. Dr. Ahmad is a graduate of George Mason University, having been a part of Mason’s Early Identification Program. She also has a BA in Psychology with Honors with a minor in Islamic Studies, and an MA a PHD in I/O Psychology. While a graduate student here, she taught a large number of undergraduate sections, going on to win the department’s Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award. While her familiarity with Mason will be an asset, she has also most recently taught at Zayed University in Dubai, teaching 11 different courses, the content of which is directly related to the MPS. She has also obtained a Fulbright Scholarship, started a mentoring program initiated by the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology that served over 180 students, and has published several peer-reviewed articles in some of the top journals in IO Psychology.
The MPS is 30 credits and is designed to be completed in five semesters, with students taking six credits each semester. Students will take nine credits in the fundamentals of I/O, nine credits in the principles of research and data analysis, six credits in the application of evidence-based principles, and six credits of online electives. The MPS is currently accepting students on a rolling basis.
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Master of Professional Studies in Applied Industrial Organizational Psychology