Industrial/Organizational Psychology

I/O Masters StudentsMasters Program Requirements

Master of Science in I/O Psychology

Program Chair: Lisa A. Steelman, Ph.D.

Program Description and Requirements 

The goal of the Master's Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology program is to offer a two-year terminal degree that prepares master's-level professionals to work within the broad human resource function in organizations. In addition, the program serves as a preparatory sequence for those graduate students who wish to continue their education in a doctoral program. To accomplish this goal, this program addresses the prediction and measurement systems necessary for making accurate personnel decisions with respect to the selection, placement, training and evaluation of employees. It covers the impact of group and other social influences on job-related behaviors, motivation, commitment and communication, and is also concerned with planned change within the organization. Core classes in research methods and statistics are also required.

The primary culminating experience that prepares the Master's Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology student for a career is the practicum. Practicum experiences reflect a wide variety of career opportunities within the business environment. Ideal career placements for graduates would include positions in employee selection and placement, performance appraisal, training and evaluation, organizational development, compensation and benefits, and employee relations. Through practicum work students will develop skills in applying I/O psychology to the workplace, as well as professional competencies such adaptability, planning, time management, project management, applied statistics and report writing.

Students who plan to continue on a traditional academic track may opt to complete the master's thesis. The thesis track allows a student to work with a faculty advisor on an independent research project. Students are mentored in areas such as research design, data collection, database management, statistical analysis and manuscript preparation. Students are also encouraged to develop their computer literacy, critical evaluation and problem-solving skills. Students completing thesis will develop competencies in research methods, logistics, project management, statistics, writing, presentation and adaptability.

Admission Requirements

An applicant for the Master's Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology should hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology or business, although graduates from other fields are encouraged to apply. A Master's Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology applicant should have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and should submit three letters of recommendation, a statement of career objectives, supplement form and GRE General Test scores. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate courses attempted must be submitted. All applications should be submitted by January 15. Preadmission visits to the campus and conferences with faculty and students are encouraged.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology requires the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours of approved course work and the passing of a comprehensive examination administered in the semester of graduation, or successful defense of a master’s thesis.

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Students who complete their masters degree may continue to the Ph.D. program by petitioning in the spring of their second year.