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Industrial/Organizational Psychology specialization

The Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology specialization leading to the M.A. or M.S. in Psychology is designed for students who want to apply psychological principles directly to the study of work behavior. You will learn how to conduct a job analysis, construct and validate selection tests and evaluate job performance. 



Highlights of the specialization

  • 100% career placement within 3 months over the last 5 years 

  • Real-world client work built into courses 

  • Extensive alumni network for internships and job prospects 

  • Collaborative learning environment  

  • Post-graduation salaries typically over $70k 

Why Study the I/O Psychology specialization

As one of the oldest continuously operating I/O options in the U.S. we have an extensive alumni network and our exclusive focus is on training highly competent master’s level scientist-practitioners in I/O Psychology. 

We emphasize real-world client work so you can start to build your resume while you are still in school, we focus on building a collaborative culture, and we have an extensive alumni network to help you find career opportunities.

We call our model an Educational Consulting Firm Model. In this model working with off-campus clients as part of the course work is common. This helps build your resume and relevant job experience before you even graduate.  

Our graduates have many options open to them after they graduate. About 20% go into Human Resources, about 5% go on to study for their PhD, about 10-15% work for the federal government, and about 60-70% go on to work at one of the many management, knowledge, and operations consulting firms. Several of our graduates have also had success in starting their own consulting firms. Our graduates report very high career satisfaction.  They tackle problems such as employee engagement, employee sentiment surveys, DEI training and related initiatives, worker stress reduction, designing performance appraisal systems, and creating employee selection systems.

Admissions Requirements

  • 37 credit hours 
  • No GRE requirement 
  • Median GPA of accepted applicants is 3.3 
  • 3 letters of recommendation 
  • Statement of purpose 

M.A. in Psychology program catalog

M.S. in Psychology program catalog