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2023/2024 University Catalog 
2023/2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology Basic Certificate

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(SIMS Code: 778381)

Offered only through SDSU Global Campus

Industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology is the scientific study of the workplace. Using psychological theory and methodology, I/O psychologists contribute to evidence based practice designed to improve understanding and management of human resources and organizational behavior. The certificate offers non-degree seeking students a rigorous introduction to theories, methods, and practice of I/O psychology; and how to apply theories and methods of psychology to issues of critical relevance to organizations to include:

  1. Recruitment, assessment, and personnel selection;
  2. Training needs assessment and design;
  3. Performance measurement and talent management;
  4. Coaching and individual development;
  5. Organizational development and change management; 
  6. Employee satisfaction, morale, and work-life balance; 
  7. Leadership and motivation.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the certificate program, students must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent and must demonstrate by previous coursework and/or work experience evidence of potential for completing the academic program. Previous courses in psychology taken at SDSU or at other universities will be considered for credit toward certification on an individual basis, but not to exceed seven units.

The Department of Psychology is responsible for the coordination of the certificate program in conjunction with SDSU Global Campus. Applications may be submitted prior to entering the program or before the completion of nine semester units of coursework.

Students are required to submit an Open University Registration Form each semester to SDSU Global Campus.

Students accepted into the program will be assigned an adviser by the Department of Psychology.


Students may transfer up to seven units earned in PSY 101  or PSY 280 . PSY 319 , PSY 420 , and PSY 421  must be completed at San Diego State University.

Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better. Each course must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better.

PSY 101  must be completed before taking Psychology PSY 319 , PSY 420 , PSY 421 .

Complete coursework within four years after admission to the program.

Petition SDSU Global Campus for the certificate upon completion of 16 semester units.

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