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I-O Masters Program

The Department of Psychological Sciences offers a Masters of Arts program with an emphasis in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. This program embraces the scientist-practitioner model and provides a balanced training in I-O. This emphasis provides "industrial" training in areas such as personnel selection, training, and test development/validation, as well as "organizational" training in areas such as work motivation, leadership, mentoring, and group processes. Conducting research with faculty and other training experiences are also incorporated. Masters students are full-time and take 45 hours of courses. Completion of the Masters program does not qualify one for admittance to the doctoral program. Masters students must reapply for consideration to the doctoral program.  Additionally, Masters students are not required to complete an empirical research thesis. Applications must be made through Graduate Admissions.

Application Deadline
New students may begin only in the Fall Semester. The deadline for receipt of all admission materials is January 15.

Degree Program
  • Program is competitive and selective.
  • A minimum of 45 credit hours is required for the I-O track.
  • There is no thesis required.
  • 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
    • Introduction to I-O Psychology
Application Requirements
  1. Application
  2. Official transcripts from all universities attended
    • Successful applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of 15 undergraduate hours in psychology before beginning the master's program.
  3. Three letters of recommendation
    • Letters of recommendation are required from persons qualified to evaluate the applicant's recent academic work, normally present or former college teachers.
  4. Entrance examinations
    • Acceptable Graduate Record Examination scores for the general test is required. Psychology subject test is not required.
    • International students are required to document English proficiency by providing scores from an internationally accepted standardized examination before a decisions is made on admission.
  5. Grade Point Average
    • Minimum of 3.0 on 4.0 scale overall and 3.2 in psychology courses.
  6. Personal Statement
    • Please describe very clearly in 300-400 words your intended area of study and also your reasons for wishing to pursue this course of study, including your perception of its potential relationship to your career goals and plans.
  7. Other
    • Any information that you believe is pertinent (e.g. manuscripts, curriculum vita, or resume)
Application Fee
$50 for domestic applicants; $40 for international applicants.

Assistantships and Fellowships
Typically, there are no department funds available for master's students. On occasion there are research assistant positions to work on a grant with a faculty member. Please contact the department.