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Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial / Organisational Psychology

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Selected entry - applications close 1 October
  • One year full-time study
  • Not available for international students

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Entry requirements

You will have completed a 240 credit Masters (which includes a thesis with a minimum value of 90 credits, but preferably 120 credits on an I/O topic) or Doctoral degree specialising in Industrial/Organisational Psychology from a New Zealand tertiary institution or similarly recognised institution overseas and have admission to Postgraduate Study. In addition, you will be in employment (paid or unpaid) in an organisation where your activities require engaging in significant I/O issues.

Note: This is a selected entry programme with limited places available. Meeting entry requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the programme. The School of Psychology PGDip I/O Psych web pages contain detailed information regarding this programme.   

Applications close 1 October 2019 for the 2020 intake. You will need to submit your documentation well in advance of the closing date. No late applications will be accepted and all required documentation must be submitted by the closing date.

Note: If you are applying close to the deadline you will need to ensure your referees are advised, as their report must be received by the above date.

Please register your interest by emailing your contact details to the School of Psychology prior to completing the online application.

Documentation Required

  1. A verified copy of your Academic transcript showing the completion of a Master’s thesis. This should also include 6-8 courses in I/O Psychology or equivalent. (Academic transcript not required if all your study was completed through Massey University).
  2. The title and abstract of your Master’s thesis (on anI/O Psychology topic)  and details of any subsequent I/O research you have carried out in a workplace setting.
  3. A copy of your Curriculum Vitae (CV) documenting your relevant I/O Psychology qualifications, training and work history including a passport type photo.
  4. A letter from your employer, on letterhead, stating you are currently employed in a position in which the practice of I/O Psychology is a significant component, signed by your workplace manager in support of your application.
  5. A current job description on letterhead and signed by an executive level or human resources manager.
  6. A brief personal statement (500 words or less), which includes your reasons for this programme of study. You may also wish to list perceived strengths as well as skills you will bring to your studies and training.
  7. A supporting statement from your whanau/family (optional).
  8. If you need to certify English language ability that meets the NZ Psychologists Board requirements, you will also need to provide a copy of your IELTS certificate.
  9. If you have lived overseas, you will need to provide a Police Clearance Certificate (such as FBI Criminal Conviction Information/Fingerprint Information in the USA) or an equivalent form detailing any convictions you have had in any country in which you have lived in the past 5 years,
  10. Name, Occupation and Email details of two referees. (Referees will be automatically contacted to supply a confidential reference in relation to this programme). Remember that references from your two referees need to be provided to Massey by 1 October at the latest, so please start your application early and prompt your referees about the deadline.

Note: Shortlisted applicants will be contacted mid October to arrange an interview time. This may be conducted in person or by phone/Skype where applicable.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Planning your programme

Once interviewed, successful applicants will be advised of their acceptance into the programme. You will then need to apply to the New Zealand Psychologists Board (NZPB) for registration as an intern psychologist in order to be able to commence your internship. Please note that as part of your application for registration to the NZPB, you will be required to complete a NZ Police Vetting Service Request and Consent Form.  A conviction will not necessarily preclude the Board from granting registration as they will consider conviction(s) on a case-by-case basis.

Full information can be found on the New Zealand Psychologists Board website. The final decision for registration is at the discretion of the New Zealand Psychologist’s Board.

Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial / Organisational Psychology structure

Courses to the value of 120 credits as follows. This diploma involves supervised full-time practical work for a period of one academic year, or its part-time equivalent in an approved organisation.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates


A) Both the courses listed below (120 credits):
175.821 Professional Issues in the Practice of Industrial/Organisational Psychology
175.822 Practicum in Industrial/Organisational Psychology

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

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