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Industrial / Organizational Psychology Curriculum
The time it takes to earn a degree will vary based on factors such as course load and summer enrollment. Students will work with an academic advisor each semester and use Degree Works to monitor their progress. Students may begin the degree during any semester.
The priority deadline for submission of all application materials to the Office of Admissions is February 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester. Applications received after those deadlines will be considered but may not be given priority in the admission process. In addition to the criteria established for general admission to graduate studies, applicants with the following characteristics will be given the highest consideration:
- An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- A combined score of 310 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
- Letter of intent addressing preparation for graduate study, ability to succeed at the graduate level and professional goals and objectives. The letter should address what the applicant expects to achieve through graduate level study. The letter of intent should be typed and a maximum of 750 words in length.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- PY526 Consumer Psychology (3)
- PY540 Personnel Psychology (3)
- PY556 Organizational Psychology (3)
- PY557 Psychometrics (3)
- PY561 Advanced Social Psychology (3)
- PY564 Research & Practice in I/O & Social Psychology (3)
- PY571 Design & Analysis I (3)
- PY657 Stereotyping & Prejudice (3)
- PY670 Job Analysis/Compensation (3)
- PY671 Design & Analysis II (3)
- PY675 Legal/Ethical Considerations (3)
- PY681 Program Design/Evaluation (3)
- Choose one six-hour option:
- PY696 Thesis Research (3)
- PY697 Thesis Writing (3)
PY699 Internship in I/O Psychology (6)
Prerequisites for PY 696 & 697:
- PY571, PY671, minimum of 18 credit hours in program, & minimum of 2 credit hour of PY564. PY697 also requires completion of PY696.
Prerequisites for PY 699:
- PY571, PY671, minimum of 18 credit hours in program, & minimum of 2 credit hours in PY564).
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What Can You Do with an M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology?
A master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology prepares you to develop workplace solutions in a variety of organizations. With track options for original research or an internship, this program can be tailored for either academic or applied career ambitions.
Students who graduate from the program can potentially enter the following types of organizational settings:
- Private businesses
- Consulting firms
- Human resource departments
- Government agencies
- Research and development programs
- Non-profit organizations
- Doctoral graduate programs (e.g. Ph.D.)
Industrial/Organizational Psychology by the Numbers
Successful Outcomes Rate
Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Psychology and Counseling report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for industrial-organizational psychologists is $112,690.
Training and Development Manager
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for training and development managers is $115,640.
You can finish the program in two years as a full-time student.