I/O Terminal Masters Option
UM-St. Louis also offers a terminal M.A. option within the I/O
Psychology graduate program. Terminal masters students take 45 hours
of courses, essentially the first 2 years of courses in the doctoral
program. There is no thesis requirement. Note that completion of the
terminal M.A. does not qualify one for admittance into the doctoral
program. Assistantships and tuition waivers are currently not available
to terminal M.A. students.
Because resources are limited and the program is geared primarily toward
doctoral training, only 1-2 terminal masters students are admitted in
any given year, and in some years we are unable to admit any terminal
masters students. Given that approximately 4 doctoral students
are admitted each year, this means that there are relatively few terminal
masters students in the program at any given time.
Terminal masters and doctoral students are enrolled together in most
of the courses taken by terminal masters students. In other words,
terminal masters students take most of the doctoral I/O courses offered
in the first two years of the program. Terminal masters students
are free, however, to take some elective courses that are not generally
taken by doctoral students (these courses are generally offered in the
College of Business). Additionally, terminal masters students are
not required to complete an empirical research thesis, whereas doctoral
students are required to do so (in addition to the dissertation).
The only formal administrative requirements for acceptance
is the completed application, which includes the application form for
admission to graduate
school, transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work, GRE
test scores (applicants are NOT required to take the psychology subject
test GRE), and three letters of recommendation. All of these data, plus
other relevant information, are used in making the final decision concerning
admission. Note that being weak on one admission criterion may be compensated
for by being strong on others.
Generally speaking, the admission standards for terminal masters applicants
are slightly lower than those for doctoral applicants. However,
because terminal masters students are required to take a number of first-
and second-year doctoral courses, the admission standards are still quite
high (to ensure that terminal masters students can perform adequately
in those courses).
While having been an undergraduate psychology major is helpful, it is
not required for admission into the program. However, all students must
have completed the following four undergraduate courses (or their equivalent):
Introduction to Psychology, Statistics, Research Methods, and Introduction
to I/O Psychology.
The application deadline (for admission in the Fall) is January 15 . Applications
must be made through Graduate Admissions. To apply, you can access Online Application Forms or, if you would like to receive application forms in the mail, please call or e-mail the Graduate Admissions Office (314-516-5458 or firstname.lastname@example.org).