Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Program Information
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The mission of the Master of Science program in Industrial/Organization (I/O) Psychology at San Jose State University is to provide students a fundamental grounding in theory, research, and application in the field of I/O Psychology. The field of I/O psychology encompasses a wide range of scientific and applied pursuits, and enjoys close collaboration between researchers and practitioners. The program therefore strives to inculcate the value of the scientist-practitioners: to appreciate

  • The theoretical and practical value of pure and applied research,
  • The practical needs of organizations to benefit from scientific research methods and findings as well as "clinical" skills and interventions, and
  • The impact that grappling with applied problems and solutions can have on the development of theory and methodology.

Broadly speaking, the M.S. I/O program is intended to prepare graduates for professional practice and the conduct of research in areas such as:

  • Personnel Selection, Placement and Appraisal
  • Training, Employee and Management Development
  • Organizational Development
  • Research Design, Data Collection and Statistical Analysis
  • Survey Design, Administration, Analysis, Interpretation and Feedback
  • Job Analysis and Performance Measurement
  • Work Motivation, Job Satisfaction and Productivity
  • Team Building and Self-Managing Work Team Design

The location of San Jose State University in the heart of Silicon Valley affords many opportunities for the practice of I/O psychology. Past students have held internships or received employment in companies including LinkedIn, Adobe, Google, NVIDIA, Tesla, Intuit, SAP, Waymo, Cisco Systems, Salesforce, HP, Facebook, and Apple. Typical positions appropriate for graduates of the program are in medium to large sized corporations (traditionally in the Human Resources department), large research organizations, and human resources or management consulting firms. By selecting relevant coursework and by completing research projects, students can target any of these career objectives, or pursue doctoral-level training in I/O psychology.

All inquires should be directed to:

Dr. Howard Tokunaga

M.S. in I/O Graduate Program
San Jose State University
Psychology, DMH 157
San Jose, CA 95192-0120
Voice: 408-924-5649


Howard Tokunaga, Ph.D., Director,
M.S. Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program