Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology


A Master of Arts degree in I/O psychology is suitable for those seeking to develop the applied skills  necessary for basic consulting projects in business and government. Graduates of our master’s program typically find jobs involving analysis of jobs and people as a basis for improving the fit between them. We offer a broad array of courses, including but not limited to job analysis, employee selection, training, leadership, work motivation, organizational development, and a variety of methods topics, such as psychological measurement and statistics.

General Requirements

The M.A. degree requires completion of 42 credit hours, including six hours of non-applied psychology courses (e.g. Personality), 18 hours of I/O core courses (e.g. Personnel Selection, Work Motivation), nine hours of research methodology (e.g. Multivariate Statistics), and nine hours of electives. Coursework meeting these requirements is designated by the program director. A thesis option is available, but not required. Interested students are encouraged to participate in research projects under faculty supervision. Students must also complete a 200-hour internship (3 credit hours), and pass a comprehensive exam covering all major aspects of I/O psychology as an applied discipline.

Students typically supplement their education with courses from the general core curriculum or courses from clinical psychology or the Department of Management of the College of Business Administration. Completion of a Master's thesis is not required for this program. 

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Students should consult with a Department Advisor or the College Advising Office for specific requirements.