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Certificate in the Psychology of Business (PSYBUSACRT)Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.


A student may earn a certificate as part of completing the bachelor's degree and in addition to completing requirements for a major. Through academic, applied, and research experiences in this interdisciplinary certificate program, students will develop an in-depth understanding of how psychological concepts can be applied in a business setting in fields such as Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Human Factors, Design, Marketing, and Advertising. The certificate is designed to prepare students for either further graduate training in applied business psychology or for advanced entry level positions in industry.

Students should consult the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences website for additional information about applying, including application deadlines, required materials, and an overview of the application process.

Certificate requirements

The certificate requires at least 24 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Core.
    1. Social Psychology. One (1) course:
    2. Psychology in the Business Environment. One (1) course:
  2. Advanced.
    1. 300–399 Level Psychology Course. One (1) course:
    2. 400–499 Level Psychology Course. One (1) course:
      • (approved topic: "Gender, Work, and Leadership")
    3. Advanced Courses Outside of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Two (2) courses:
      • BUS-D 312 Building Managerial Cross Cultural Competencies
      • BUS-F 419 Behavioral Finance
      • One of the following:
        • BUS-G 300 Introduction to Managerial Economics and Strategy
        • BUS-G 304 Managerial Economics
      • BUS-G 303 Game Theory for Business Strategy
      • BUS-J 306 Strategic Management and Leadership
      • BUS-K 303 Technology and Business Analysis
      • BUS-K 353 Business Analytics & Modeling
      • BUS-L 312 The Ethical Responsibilities of Business
      • BUS-L 333 Negotiation, Resolving Conflict and Leading Change
      • BUS-M 300 Introduction to Marketing
      • BUS-M 303 Marketing Research
      • BUS-M 311 Introduction to Marketing Communication
      • BUS-M 330 Consultative Selling
      • BUS-M 344 Creativity and Communication
      • BUS-M 346 Analysis of Marketing Data
      • BUS-M 360 Sales for Social Impact
      • BUS-M 370 I-core - Marketing Component
      • BUS-M 405 Consumer Behavior
      • BUS-M 432 Digital Marketing
      • BUS-S 326 Web and Social Media Analytics
      • BUS-W 430 Organizations and Organizational Design
      • BUS-Z 302 Managing and Behavior in Organizations
      • BUS-Z 340 Introduction to Human Resources
      • BUS-Z 370 I-core - Leadership Component
      • BUS-Z 404 Effective Negotiations
      • BUS-Z 447 Leadership, Teamwork and Diversity
      • INFO-I 300 Human-computer Interaction Design and Programming
      • INFO-I 440 Human Robot Interaction
      • INFO-I 441 Interaction Design Practice
      • SPEA-A 354 Arts Marketing Fundamentals
      • SPEA-V 236 Managing and Leading Organizations
      • SPEA-V 241 Management Foundations and Approaches
      • SPEA-V 362 Nonprofit Management and Leadership
      • SPEA-V 373 Human Resources Management in the Public Sector
      • SPEA-V 379 Performance Measurement and Program Evaluation
      • SPEA-V 432 Labor Relations in the Public Sector
      • SPEA-V 435 Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
      • SPEA-V 436 Communication for Government and Nonprofit Organizations
      • SPEA-V 443 Managing Work Force Diversity
      • SPEA-V 473 Management, Leadership, and Policy
      • SPEA-V 476 Compensation Strategy and Systems
      • SPEA-V 477 Strategic Human Resource Management
      • SPEA-V 478 Employment Law for Human Resources Management
      • SPEA-V 479 Employee Recruitment and Selection in the Public Sector
  3. Applied Learning. Six (6) credit hours:
    • (approved topic: "Network Science in the Cognitive and Psychological Sciences")
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
  4. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Certificate Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Certificate Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the certificate.
    4. Certificate GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the certificate—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.