The Certificate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology is designed not only to provide advanced education for baccalaureate degreed professionals in the behavioral sciences, but also to provide other non-behavioral health graduates the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of existing knowledge within the discipline of psychology.

Specifically, this graduate certificate explores vital psychological topics of interest to those who want to develop a solid foundation in the theories within industrial and organizational psychology including those working in human resources and business consulting positions. While pursuing the CPIOP, learners are exposed to theoretical models which both reinforce and model humanely delivered, solution-focused skills, supported by cutting-edge scientific research.

Quick Facts:

  • Credits required: 18
  • Cost per credit: $545
  • Program length: 1 year  (full-time status)

Time to certificate completion can be shortened by accelerating completion of courses and through credits accepted in transfer.

What you’ll learn

Promote the integration of practical psychological experience with formal academic learning.

Foster growth in intellectual accomplishment and an opportunity to develop an executive level perspective on practices in the behavioral sciences.

Promote the acquisition of psychological concepts, principles, standards, and processes as it relates to the behavioral sciences.

Encourage legal and ethical behavior as it relates to the behavioral sciences.

Encourage ethical behavior in regards to information technology skills as it applies to mental health environments.

Promote the analysis and evaluation of information critically and effectively.

Foster the integration of multicultural awareness of human diversity as it relates to the behavioral sciences.

Career Outcomes

Human Resources

Business Consultant

Talent Management Specialist

Trainer / Instructor

Certificate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology Requirements

Certificate Requirements Credits
Required Core Courses 18

Courses + Credits

CalSouthern’s Certificate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology is an 18-credit program comprised of the following six (6) required courses:

Required Core Courses

  • PSY 6508 Culture and Diversity in Counseling — 3 credits
  • PSY 6516 Social Psychology — 3 credits
  • PSY 7521 Industrial/Organizational Psychology — 3 credits
  • PSY 7522 Consulting in Business, Education, and Mental Health — 3 credits
  • PSY 7529 Myers-Briggs Type Indicator — 3 credits
  • PSY 7761 Interpersonal Conflict in the Workplace — 3 credits

Download the University Catalog for full course descriptions, prerequisite information, and program details.

CalSouthern is helping me achieve my professional/career goals while accommodating my work/family commitments. I am very happy with my studies and grateful for this program’s flexibility!

– Michelle Gee, School of Behavioral Sciences

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Accreditation & Approvals


California Southern University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), which is one of six institutional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Institutional accreditation is the most highly respected and recognized form of accreditation in the United States, and it provides students with a number of important benefits and opportunities.

Please visit the Accreditation & Licensure page to learn more.

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