Psychology, Industrial/Organizational (BA)


The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology serves as an excellent generalist foundation for beginning a career in the business world. The dual emphasis on business and psychology means that modern organizations can hire graduates who understand both human nature and the dynamics of organizational life.

Graduates can expect to work in jobs that involve performing tasks related to human resource assessment, selection and placement, performance appraisal, job analysis and re-design, leadership development, organizational effectiveness and other activities related to human resources. These skills position graduates for leadership opportunities throughout their careers. Thus, the I/O Psychology major prepares students to become lifelong learners and proactive career managers who can maneuver effectively in their chosen career trajectories.

Students will be prepared in the event they choose to earn an advanced degree, such as the Master of Business Administration or Master of Arts with a major in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (both of which are available at Detroit Mercy). Other students may choose to use this degree as a preparation for graduate work in fields such as law and health care as well as psychology.

In addition, undergraduates interested in an advanced degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology may want to consider Detroit Mercy's accelerated 5-year degree program which saves tuition costs.  Please visit the I/O Psychology Accelerated 5-year Program page.

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    Degree/Major Requirements

    To obtain this undergraduate degree, the student must fulfill the requirements of the University Core Curriculum, any course prerequisites, the requirements for the program major and have completed a minimum of 120 credit hours.

    Requirements for the Major (36 credits)

    Foundation in Psychology Courses (18 credits total):

    • PYC 1000 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
    • PYC 2010 Research Methods I (prereq: Detroit Mercy Core Statistics Course) (3 credits)
    • PYC 2020 Research Methods II (3 credits)
    • PYC 2500 Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
    • PYC 2600 Social Psychology (3 credits)
    • PYC 3420 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)

    Industrial Organization Psychology Major Courses (15 credits)

    • PYC 2620 Exploring Leadership: Yourself, Your Profession and Your Community (3 credits)
    • PYC 3700 Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3 credits)
    • PYC 4200 Psychological Testing and Measurement (3 credits)
    • PYC 4890 Group Dynamics (3 credits)
    • BUS 3110 Organizational Design and Structure (3 credits)

    Industrial/Organizational CAPSTONE (3 credits):


    5-Year Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's I/O Psychology Program

    University of Detroit Mercy's Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program combines the breadth and foundational education of the bachelor’s degree in I/O Psychology with the specialized and applied program of the master’s degree in I/O Psychology to prepare students as individuals and as professionals. Students receive instruction in the fundamental components of a high quality undergraduate education from highly qualified and experienced full-time and adjunct instructors. The graduate program uses best practice in presenting content and providing actual or simulated field experiences, and real world projects, to enhance student preparedness for transitioning to career employment.

    Visit the Five-Year Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's I/O Psychology page for more information.

Program Contact Information

Program Director and Department Chair: Linda Slowik, Ph.D.
Reno Hall, Room 244
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-993-1623
Fax: 313-578-0507

Department Website