College of Arts and Sciences

MS in Organizational Psychology

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Our program provides a theoretical framework in organizational behavior, skills in research design, data collection and analysis, communication, facilitation, and interpersonal, group, and organizational issues. This program has a STEM designation.

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Master of Science in Organizational Psychology

36 Credits

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Our Master of Science in Organizational Psychology (MSOP) program builds expertise in the theory, research, and practical application of key topics in industrial-organizational psychology that impact people in organizations.

The MSOP empowers students to develop core knowledge and skills in critical thinking, analysis, communication, consultation, and leadership needed to enhance organizational effectiveness and employee well-being. Learn to promote teamwork and manage positive change while fostering a culture of inclusion and belonging in the workplace! Help companies increase employee satisfaction and motivation, support and retain talent, develop positive cultures, strategically support performance, and more!

Our flexible curriculum with five core and seven elective courses (choosing from 20+ options) allows students to design a course plan that is individualized to your personal development and career goals.

About the MSOP Program


The MSOP prepares you to lead, manage, and consult with dynamic and diverse organizations operating in a global environment. Our curriculum provides a core foundation in organizational psychology, aligned with the Guidelines for Education and Training from the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP). The variety of electives offered, in combination with a core foundation in organizational psychology, enables you to tailor your graduate experience to your individual and professional needs. Elective courses may also be taken in the Department of Psychology, School of Communication, or Barney School of Business for cross-disciplinary opportunities and perspectives, including health psychology, integrated communications, entrepreneurship and business analytics.

Students in both the on-ground and online programs are encouraged to engage with our community of student colleagues and alumni professionals. Students are encouraged to work together and support one another through their coursework, attend networking events both virtually and in-person, apply for teaching and research assistantship roles, and voluntarily engage in community-building, research and applied experiences.

Our students and alumni are equipped to immediately apply evidence-based psychology and business practices to enhance organizational leadership, management and employee experiences across a variety of work settings and industries. If you are interested in future doctoral studies, you will be well prepared via our Master’s degree with a strong foundation in critical analysis, interpretation and application of research across our curriculum.

We also offer a streamlined dual degree program where you can earn your MS in Organizational Psychology AND your MBA (Master's in Business Administration) in just 20 classes (60 credits). Learn more!

Degree Requirements

The Organizational Psychology program is a 36-credit program with five required courses (15 credits) and student choice of seven elective courses (21 credits). With approval, up to two electives may be in General Psychology (0-6 credits) and up to three electives may be from the Barney School of Business (0-9 credits).

For more information, and to see a complete list of degree requirements, visit the Course Catalog.

Required Courses

There are five core degree requirements (15 credits):

  • Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology (PSY 535)  
  • Personnel Psychology (PSY 555)
  • Experimental Design (PSY 510)
  • Advanced Research Methods (PSY 581)
  • A 3-credit Capstone project (required of all online students) or Internship course (option for on-ground students) is also required to graduate.

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Elective Courses

You must complete seven electives (21 credits) for the MSOP. Numerous options are available as shown in the Course Catalog. Common MSOP elective examples include:

  • Motivation in the Workplace
  • Diversity and Inclusion  
  • Training Program Design and Effectiveness
  • Leadership: Theory and Practice
  • Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace
  • Performance Evaluation & Management
  • Consulting & Professional Practices
  • Survey Development for Organizational Analysis
  • Stress: Causes, Consequences and Management (general psychology offering)
  • Many more options available!

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Capstone Option

The Capstone course (PSY 625 – 3 credits) is required for all online MSOP students and is a culminating degree option for on-campus students. This option should be seriously considered by students who are working full-time and who wish to apply organizational material in their current job settings. Capstone projects may be completed in either a seven-week or 14-week course timeline, chosen by the student.

The Capstone project emphasizes individual study of the literature and application of researched findings to a workplace problem. Final products include scholarly literature reviews and an applied component that aligns with the student’s topic selection and researched findings. Students will complete individual Capstone projects with the support of an advising faculty member and a small group of student colleagues.

Internship Option

The Internship option (PSY 680 – 3 credits) is available for on-campus students who wish to obtain practical experience in an organizational setting for degree credit. Internships are recommended for students who need additional, applied work experience and may not already be employed full-time. Securing an approved internship placement is the students’ responsibility. All students are encouraged to take advantage of internship opportunities to obtain valuable applied experience during their graduate training. Internships for degree credit are only available to on-campus students.

Learning Outcomes

Master of Science in Organizational Psychology students will:

  • Become proficient in using the scientific method to critically review social science research literature.
  • Successfully integrate theory and practice as applied to the organizational science in the workplace.
  • Know and understand the scope and methods of organizational psychology and its practical application in the workplace.
  • Develop in-depth knowledge in at least one current topic in organizational psychology, including, but not limited to work motivation, emotional intelligence, diversity in the workplace, and creativity in organizations.
  • Accumulate knowledge from different scientific disciplines.
  • Produce writing that meets high-quality academic standards of presentation, organization, documentation, analysis, and substance.

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Additional MSOP Program Facts and Benefits

  • On campus or 100% online. Students may take courses across modalities but are encouraged to complete their core courses within their cohorts. Please apply for your preferred modality.
  • On-campus classes in evenings, weekly (14-week semesters)
  • Asynchronous online classes (7-weeks each)
  • International students welcomed both in-person and online
  • Earn your degree full-time in as little as 12-18 months. Full-time enrollment is not required.
  • Most students complete the MSOP program within 1.5 to 2 years
  • Part-time students can progress at their own pace. We will facilitate and support your success.
  • Start anytime! Spring (mid-January), summer (mid-May), or fall (end of August), start your application now.
  • Fall admission is preferred for on-campus students, but we can work with individual students if needed
  • Graduate, research, and teaching assistantships opportunities are available for competitive selection to enrolled students who meet qualifications
  • Internships are recommended for students who need applied work/career experience. Internships for credit are available for on-campus students 
Request info from Graduate Admissions. Julia Delgado is available to answer your questions and support you through the admissions process. She can connect you with the graduate director and student representatives.

MSOP students are given a free one-year student membership to the Human Resource Association of Central Connecticut (HRACC). HRACC is committed to serving the human resources community by providing superior professional development, networking opportunities, and educational resources to enhance the value of the profession, both inside Connecticut and around the country.

HRACC membership benefits include:

  • Discounts for monthly meetings
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Professional development meetings
  • Virtual and in-person networking opportunities
  • Emerging Professionals Learning Series
  • Career center for help with jobs and internships
  • Academic scholarships
  • Job Shadow and volunteer opportunities
  • And many more!

Find out more about this new student benefit by contacting Graduate Success Counselor, Julia Delgado.

  • No prior coursework in psychology or statistics is required for admission.
  • GRE scores are not required to apply for the program.
  • Graduate transfer credits (up to 6 credits, within 7 years) may be considered toward MSOP elective credits
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UHart's MSOP Program is Ranked:

  • No. 3

    Among Online Organizational Psychology Masters Programs.

  • No. 10

    Among All Organizational Psychology Masters Programs.



Application Process

The online application portal is easy and convenient—and you can begin from any web-enabled device. 

The online program admits new students in fall, spring, and summer with rolling admissions reviews year-round.

On-campus students begin their program in the fall semester, annually. Review of on-campus program applications begins in February and continues on a rolling basis until the fall program start.

The following is required for admission to the MSOP Program:

  • A completed bachelor’s degree (regional accreditation) in any field. Official transcripts required.
  • A letter of intent describing your interests, goals, and program fit as specified in the online application
  • An updated professional resume
  • Submit an online application with your preferred program option selected (ex. MS in Organizational Psychology on-ground, or you may also choose to apply for the Dual MSOP/MBA on-ground or online).
  • A non-refundable application fee of $50.00 (to be paid online)
  • Request three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references
  • For more information about requirements and deadlines, visit the Graduate Admission website, or  request info from our Assistant Director of Graduate Success in Admissions Julia Delgado, or email directly with questions 

Meet the MSOP Faculty

Noelle Scuderi
Director, Online M.S. in Organizational Psychology, Faculty, MSOP Program

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Olga Sharp
Director, MS in Organizational Psychology; Assistant Professor

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Jennifer McLeer
Assistant Professor

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Stephanie Tavarez
Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Matthew Costello
Associate Professor of Psychology

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Krissy Eichmann
Faculty, MSOP Program

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Sarah Ketay
Associate Professor of Psychology

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Jessica Nicklin
Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Research Associate Professor, Department of Psychology Co-chair, IRB

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Mala Matacin
Co-Chair, Department of Psychology; Associate Professor

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Natasha Segool
Co-Chair, Department of Psychology; Associate Professor in School Psychology

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Stephanie Tavarez, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology,

Assistant Professor Stephanie Tavarez founded a research and practitioner lab called SHINE, which stands for Shaping Human Interaction, Nurturing Diversity, and Enhancing Employability. The goal of its staff researchers is to unify theoretical insights on employability with real-world applications. Tavarez and her SHINE Lab colleagues worked on an exclusive consulting project in conjunction with a non-profit organization called InclusionBridge, dedicated to empowering students with an interest in data science. SHINE provided the group with free essential skills education and training. 


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SHINE was motivated by an ambition to bridge the employability gap. Our research delves deep into the nuances of human interaction, aiming to produce pragmatic solutions that advocate for diversity and equip individuals with tools to enhance their employability beyond just the academic space.

Meet Your MSOP Admission Team

Julia Delgado
Assistant Director of Graduate Success
Admission - Graduate

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100 Percent Online Option

The University offers three opportunities a year to begin the online MSOP program—each fall, spring, and summer semester. The application process is easy and convenient—and you can begin your psychology classes from any computer. We're ready to answer your questions and provide assistance to get you started, including application deadlines and start dates. Contact an admission counselor today at 860.768.4371 or email

About the online MSOP Program


Earning an online MS in Organizational Psychology is the ideal way to advance your career from the comfort of your home or office. The program is built around your busy life in an engaging, vibrant, and diverse social network of motivated peers—with small cohort sizes—aimed at keeping your network manageable and beneficial. To simplify your path to earning your organizational psychology master’s degree, there are no required class meetings or login times. With our fully online educational model, with asynchronous course delivery, you can take courses at your convenience, moving through the program at a pace that fits your needs rather than on a set schedule. With three cohorts starting each year in spring (mid-January), summer (mid-May) and fall (end of August), students can begin the program when it is most convenient for you.


Under the guidance of faculty members trained in industrial and organizational psychology, social psychology, and educational leadership who present and publish in these disciplines and have a variety of field experience, students are prepared for a career in organizational psychology, or related fields, with essential foundational skills. Our program curriculum aligns with the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology’s (SIOP) guidelines for education and training in I-O Psychology. As a traditional, not-for-profit institution chartered in 1957, we are regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) and the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE).


Get what you want out of the program on your preferred timeline. Both our required and elective courses provide you with experience and training in organizational psychology and business centered around real-life, professional applications of the issues presented. Cross-disciplinary elective offerings in general psychology, business leadership, management, and analytics, and communications, allow students to created tailored degree plans in accordance with personalized career goals. Go at your own pace—one or two classes at a time—to achieve your degree when you need it. Students interested in pairing their Organizational Psychology training with MBA coursework may apply for our Dual Degree program to earn both the MSOP and MBA in a streamlined 20-course degree plan, available both online and on-ground.


While you cannot put a price tag on convenience and flexibility, with our affordable online MSOP program at the University of Hartford, you can obtain a quality education and Master’s degree while completing your personal and professional goals. Applicants are encouraged to check with their employers about funding options and educational partner discounts. Once enrolled, students may apply for graduate assistant and teaching assistant positions on-campus and online. Scholarships may also be available to prospective and enrolled students. 


The application process is easy and convenient with applications reviewed on a rolling basis year-round. We're ready to answer your questions and provide assistance to get you started. Contact an admission counselor today at 860.768.4371 or email You can also Request Info from Grad Admissions or Start your Application Now

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Summer 2024, fall 2024 and spring 2025 tuition rates for the Organizational Psychology, MSOP program are below:
Per Credit Rate
Organizational Psychology, MSOP $748.00

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