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Five-Year B.A./M.B.A. Industrial/Organizational Psychology Major

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Want to apply principles of human behavior in the business world? The five-year B.A./M.B.A. program in the psychology major can open doors to careers that integrate psychology and business or industry, or prepare you to further your education.

                                                                                                        Megan Neri and Michael Litwak are pictured here with Dean Jeffery Alves (far left), Dean Linda Winkler (center), and Dr. Carl Chartneski (faculty advisor, right).

Career opportunities

Specialists in industrial/organizational psychology are currently in demand among various businesses and industries. You could also work in an inpatient, outpatient partial hospitalization or community setting that offers psychosocial services. Whatever the setting, leadership training and an ability to apply finance, management and personnel principles can lead to higher-level administrative positions.

By integrating behavioral psychology and business, this program can expand career opportunities in management of personnel assessment, selection and training, ergonomics, human factors engineering and employee counseling programs.


The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Psychology requires 120 credits, and 39 credits for the Wilkes MBA. Students can utilize elective credits within the Psychology curriculum to take courses that will assist their preparation for the MBA program.  Upon completion of the BA in Psychology, students may qualify to participate in three semesters in the summer, fall, and spring to complete the MBA degree.  Students who are granted regular admission into the MBA program complete their MBA degree in three (3) trimesters in one year.

Students must apply for separate admission into the MBA program.  To be considered for admission, the applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:

1. Submit to the Graduate Admissions Office a completed graduate application for admission with payment of appropriate application fee.

2. Demonstrate satisfactory performance as an undergraduate by providing to the Graduate Admissions Office a complete set of official undergraduate transcripts as evidence of an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

To be accepted on a regular basis, a candidate for the Wilkes MBA must have obtained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in his/her undergraduate degree program.  A prospective student with a GPA of less than 3.0 may be accepted into the MBA program on a provisional basis.  To change to regular status, the provisionally accepted MBA student must maintain no less than a 3.0 for each course in the first six graduate credits of the MBA program.  Failure to maintain the minimum 3.0 in any course will result in dismissal of the provisionally accepted student from the MBA program.

A student granted provisional admission into the MBA program will be permitted to take a maximum of six graduate credits in this admission category.  Upon the completion of six graduate credits, a provisionally admitted student will either be granted regular admission or denied admission into the MBA program. 

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