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For those that have a degree in I/O psychology, where did you study and would you rec it?

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Not quite I/O, but close! Learning and Organizational Change masters at Northwestern. Highly recommend.

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Hi friend^ I think I know who this is ;) fellow msloc grad classmate here and I second this. OP it’s a great program!

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I thoroughly regret getting it. Go top 10 MBA instead

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I went to Baruch but also share the thoughts of Boston University 1. Being you already have an MBA it might actually work out for you and you might like it but I see zero point to it and has added little value as of yet… now if you can go paid for by a company or with no student loans that wouldn’t be a bad idea just to add to your knowledge bank and get a competitive edge with two masters.

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100% regret. I’m in serious debt because of it. Yes it is the reason I got the job I have, but definitely not a requirement of the job, nor do I use anything I learned. My advice is to avoid it, figure out what you want to do/where you want to work, and get coached into how to get that job.

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George Mason, online program pretty easy

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UMD — definitely helped earlier in my career. Ultimately depends what you want to do.

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Management Consulting — Human Capital specifically

Western U in Canada; definitely worth it for me as it was a rigorous program yet had a lot of flexibility. More research focused than most though, and doesn't take a lot of (international) students.

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NYU - depends on what you want to do. I know people who work in people analytics who got a tremendous amount from the program (gained hard skills like python and R and an understanding of how to apply data and research to HR operations). For those like myself who are going into human capital/change management consulting, waste of time and money. Get an MBA.

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If you are early in your career I would recommend. But the degree just doesn’t have the clout an MBA does unfortunately. Though if you do want to gain more of the analytics type of experience, I recommend the NYU program as you must take a stats program and conduct some experiments. Assuming you want to be in human capital. Half the people in the program either go into HR or consulting. You have an option to do a thesis or an exam. The exam is more case study-ish and really is like a consulting case study. You have 3 tries to pass, and most people do not pass the first try.

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I did a master’s program in I/O at Baruch! I really enjoyed it. Professors were very knowledgeable and all classes were at night so I could work full-time and study part-time. The ROI on the program really depends on how much experience you already have and what skills you’re looking to acquire.

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I studied in the U.K. and would not recommend it unless you are looking to do a PhD in Organisational Psychology.

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I did my MS and PhD work through the distance program at Capella and has been invaluable. A key difference from other IO programs is that Capella's is more of a consulting degree. It valued research but the emphasis was on practicality and ......consulting. Course instructors were actual business consultants. I trained under a prominent psychologist which was instrumental in my mastering psychological instruments, which I have found is lacking in most peers from more prominent IO programs. MBAs are overpriced and the knowledge can be easily gained through exposure to the business.

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Ph.D at North Carolina State University. Liked the program, but don't really use it much in my role as Talent Development Leader. I do think a MBA is more practical and useful, which you already have. I'd only recommend a PH.D. for someone who wants to go the academic route. Agree with others who stated if you want a Masters to merely extend your own knowledge, that's fine, but I wouldn't take on a burden of student loans hoping it will help you advance job-wise. 99% of what I use and apply has been learned on the job.

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Cleveland State - would have recommended pre-covid. Now, not so sure.

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University of Central Florida, I got the master's back when that was the only option. Now they have both master's and PhD programs, both are good.

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Have heard amazing things about this program!!!

Akron! Love it. I think they tend to focus on PhD/research but I got my master's there and don't regret it a bit. Bit tough in the sense there (was? Is?) a comp-type final (closed book) and it's definitely no breeze. In that sense, it can be a bit of a disappointment because you can spend 2 years and if you fail your comp, then it's basically for nothing. You get a chance to make it up but you have to do it basically a year later and need to keep up with the latest and greatest in research during the time.

Data analysis is no joke in the program; theres an expectation that you learn and understand stats and for that I'm thankful (I hate math but am armed with challenging assumptions/data). Stats is taught a bit weird there; when I was there stats 1 was all done basically by hand (no computers allowed) but looking back at it, I think that actually makes a lot of sense because then you learn core stats. If you understand the theoretical applications, then you truly understand the "why' behind stats.

They could do a better job of alumni network (Akron has a huge amount of alumni but practically no engagement with them... At least imo), but that would be my only gripe. The program doesn't do a great job of actually preparing you for a job (i.e. consulting skills) but I hear that's a common problem amongst many programs anyway.

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Really helpful responses, thank you all! For context, I already did an MBA a while back, so exploring this as a continuation of education to get into HR leadership.

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That changes everything. If you already have an MBA, IO degree likely will only add the analytics piece. It is science focused but there is a lot of crossover. If you are looking to be a little more competitive, might as well just get some EdX certs in people analytics or Org development instead and save yourself the time / money.

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