College of Arts and Sciences

MS in Organizational Psychology

Today’s leaders and managers need to know how to promote teamwork, manage transitions, and restructure organizations.

Our Master of Science in Organizational Psychology (MSOP) program gives you a theoretical framework in organizational behavior and the opportunity to improve your skills in research design, data collection and analysis, communication, facilitation, and interpersonal, group, and organizational issues. 

Our MSOP program is ranked No. 3 among Online Organizational Psychology Masters programs, and No. 10 among all Organizational Psychology Masters programs by

Quick Facts
  • 36 credits, on-campus program or 100% online
  • Part time or full time
  • STEM Designated
  • Rolling admission for 100% online program
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About the Program


The integration of theory and practice in our MSOP program prepares you to lead, manage, and/or consult with dynamic and diverse organizations operating in a global environment. Courses are taken in the Department of Psychology, School of Communication, and Barney School of Business, students develop unique analytical skills and accumulate knowledge from the differing perspectives of these schools of thought. The variety of electives offered, including courses in Education and Nursing, enables you to tailor your graduate experience to your  individual and professional needs.

MSOP Program Facts At-a-Glance:
  • No prior coursework in psychology is required.
  • All on-campus classes are offered after 5 p.m., once a week.
  • GRE scores are not required to apply for the program.
  • Taking two courses each semester, you can complete the program in four years. With summer and Winterterm courses, it will be even faster.
  • With the Graduate Director's approval, you can transfer up to three graduate courses.
  • The Internship option is recommended for students with little work/career experience.
  • The Capstone option is advised for students who are well established in their career.
  • A typical on-campus graduate seminar has 15 students.

The program offers:

  • A strong foundation for students who intend to continue on for further graduate work in any area of psychology
  • Solid training and internship opportunities for students who wish to obtain a terminal master’s degree and apply their acquired skills in various work setting
  • An opportunity for non-psychologist professionals who wish to become more knowledgeable about the application of psychology to their professional interests.
  • The Organizational Psychology program may be completed on either a full- or part-time basis; as well as a 100 percent online option.  All face-to-face courses are offered in the evening.
  • We also offer a 100 percent online MSOP program option.

Application Process

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

The online program admits new students in fall, spring, and summer. Students are admitted in the on-campus program once a year, in the fall semester. Review of applications for the fall semester begins around February 15 and continues until the program is full.

The following is required for admission to the MSOP program:
  • An online application
  • A non-refundable application fee of $50.00 (to be paid online)
  • Official transcripts for all collegiate level coursework forwarded to the University of Hartford
  • A letter of intent as specified in the online application
  • Three Letters of Recommendation as specified in the online application
  • For more information about requirements and deadlines, visit Graduate Admission

Degree Requirements

The Organizational Psychology program is a 36-credit program: five required courses (15 credits, including either capstone project or internship), no more than two electives in General Psychology (0-6 credits), and two additional electives in Organizational Studies (0-6 credits).

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

Required Courses

You must complete the following four courses, as well as an internship or capstone project:

  • Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology  
  • Personnel Psychology  
  • Experimental Design  
  • Advanced Research Methods  

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Elective Courses

You must complete at least five electives in organizational studies (15-21 credits); and no more than two electives in general psychology (6 credits). Examples include:

  • Teams in Organizations  
  • Introduction to Workplace Training Program Design and Effectiveness  
  • Leadership: Theory and Practice  
  • Contemporary Studies in Psychology  
  • Learning: Principles, Theories, and Application
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Internship Track

The Internship Track requires eleven courses plus a three-credit practicum course. This option is provided for those students who wish to obtain practical experience in an organizational setting.    

Capstone Track

The Capstone Track requires eleven courses plus a three-credit capstone course. 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.

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.
  • Accumulate knowledge from different scientific disciplines.
  • 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.
  • Know and understand the scope and methods of organizational psychology and its practical application in the workplace.
  • Produce writing that meets high-quality academic standards of presentation, organization, documentation, analysis, and substance.

Watch Tashmia Bryant’s Story

Tashmia Bryant M’21 uses the skills she learned in the MSOP program to strengthen her organization from within and help fight homelessness.

Meet the MSOP Team

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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Matthew Costello
Associate Professor

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Krissy Eichmann
Faculty, MSOP Program

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Sarah Ketay
Associate Professor

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Jennifer McLeer
Assistant Professor

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Jessica Nicklin
Assistant Provost for Graduate Studies and Research, Associate Professor

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Jack Powell
Department Chair; Professor

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Stephanie Tavarez
Assistant Professor

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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 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 860.384.7494 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 a small cohort size—aimed at keeping your network manageable and beneficial. To simplify your path to earning your master’s degree, there are no required class or login times. With our fully online educational model, 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, students can begin the program when it is most convenient for them.


Under the guidance of faculty members trained in industrial and organizational psychology who publish in these disciplines and have a variety of field experience, students are prepared for a career in organizational psychology, or related fields, with the necessary foundational skills. 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. Our required and elective courses provide you with experience and training in organizational psychology centered around real-life, professional applications of the issues presented. Ultimately, as the program expands, you can take courses that will prepare you for your personalized career goals. Go at your own pace—one or two classes at a time—to achieve your degree when you need it.


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. View our competitively priced tuition rates

Our online Masters in Organizational Psychology consists of 36 credits (can transfer in a maximum of 6 credits, with graduate director's approval)

Required courses include:(15 credits)
Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Personnel Psychology
Experimental Design
Advanced Research Methods
Capstone Project
Electives (21 credits)

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Admission to the program include:

  • A bachelor's degree (regional or national accreditation) in any field, related field preferred
  • No required minimum undergraduate GPA required but it is a factor in the admission decision, 2.5 GPA or higher preferred.
  • Request more information about our online MSOP program.

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Summer 2022, fall 2022 and spring 2023 tuition rates for the Organizational Psychology, MSOP program are below:
Per Credit Rate
Organizational Psychology, MSOP $705.00

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