Industrial Organizational Psychology, Master of Arts (M.A.)

The M.A. program prepares students for careers in human resources, organizational effectiveness, management and I-O psychology consulting or for doctoral level study in industrial-organizational psychology or related fields. 

Program Highlights

  • The Industrial-Organizational Psychology M.A. Program is a full-time, two-year course of study. 
  • Graduates typically pursue careers in applied professions.
  • Students work as associate consultants for the Organizational Effectiveness Research Group (OERG).

  • Students make global connections through international travel. Recent program trips include Ecuador, Turkey, and Belize.

  • Students participate in the I-O community through involvement in the Consulting Challenge, class projects, and professional organizations (MPPAW & SIOP).

Application Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.0. If the degree is not in psychology, then you must have taken an Introductory Psychology course, a statistics course, and a research methods course from a social science field. Additional statistics or psychology classes will also benefit your application.  
  • A personal statement that is about 2-3 pages single-spaced. This personal statement should address the following questions: 
    • Tell us about why you are interested in the field of I-O psychology in general. How did you learn about the field, and what career goals do you have for yourself?
    • Tell us about why you are interested in our program specifically. What about our program appeals to you?
    • How have you prepared yourself for graduate school?
    • What kind of experiences are you hoping to get out of graduate school?
    • In the past, when you’ve experienced a challenge at work or at school, how have you overcome that challenge?
    • What do you believe is your biggest strength and your biggest weakness? What have you done to try to improve upon or overcome your weakness?
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing your preparation for graduate study.
  • If you have a GPA of 3.50 or higher, you do not need to submit GRE scores. If your GPA is under 3.50, we strongly recommend you provide GRE scores in your application. 
  • Resume

Additional Requirements for International Applicants:

Application Deadlines

  U.S. Based Applicants International Applicants
Fall Start February 15 February 15
Spring Start N/A N/A
Summer Start N/A N/A

Time to Completion: 2 years

Graduate Coordinator Contact

Dr. Kristie Campana

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