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Introduction to Industrial-Organizational Psychology Mini-Course

Industrial-Organization (I-0) psychology is one of the fastest-growing fields in science. It’s also one of the least well-understood. In this course, you’ll learn what I-O psychology is, where I-O psychologists work, and some of the field’s major areas of research and practice.


  • High school or college undergraduate students in an introductory psychology course
  • Anyone considering I-O psychology as a career
  • Science journalists who need to know about I-O psychology and I-O psychologists
  • Anyone who is curious about I-O psychology

Format & Length

The course looks and feels like an interactive magazine article. It contains end-of-section review questions and 10-question end-of-course quiz. It can be completed in about 30 minutes.


All students who pass the end-of-course quiz with a score of 70% or better will earn a certificate.

A Note for Instructors

High school or college instructors are encouraged to include this mini-course in their existing courses or to assign it for extra credit. Students can present their certificates as evidence of completion.


This course is based on the text Industrial-Organizational Psychology, created by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and licensed under under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Minor changes were made to the original text for purposes of formatting. Images, interactivity, and assessment questions were added to this course by Benjamin Butina, Ph.D. on 2/16/2019.  


  1. I just graduated with a BS in Psychology and took an introductory I/O course. I loved the information but the class was so boring – as she simply read from the power point slides. I’m reading through and this interactive course is amazing. I love how there’s citations and you’re able to answer questions throughout each section. I’m going to send this to my professor that taught the introductory I/O course so she could pass it on to future students! Thank you so much for this course!

  2. Maria Felix

    Dr Butina,

    What path do you suggest to a recent MA IOP graduate, an internship , volunteering, if no experience

  3. Thank you so much for the wonderful learning opportunity for my students. I did want to let you know that none of them received the certificate and it did not send to spam. Thanks again for providing this useful information!

    • Hi, Lara. Thanks so much for using the course. I actually see quite a few students in your class who have completed the course and it appears the certificates were sent from my side. Please let me know if you need me to verify any completions. Thanks!

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