- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota State University will be offering a new master’s degree aimed at helping organizations manage workforce planning and leadership development.

The South Dakota Board of Regents approved the master’s degree in industrial-organizational psychology this week. It’s a subdiscipline of psychology that applies research to improve the well-being and performance of employees and their organizations.

South Dakota State officials say the field of specialization is identified as one of the fastest-growing occupations across the country. Demand for the degree comes from people currently employed in South Dakota as training and development specialists and management analysts.

SDSU will begin offering the program in the fall 2016 semester. The university plans to graduate about nine students from the degree program each year.

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