Graduate Admissions

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Other Information

Graduate Catalog: Psychology

  • Admission requirements
  • Program details
  • Course descriptions

Application Deadlines

Department: Psychology

The Profession

Having completed this degree, students will be prepared to obtain a job in a consulting, business, or government setting or to pursue a doctoral degree in industrial/organizational psychology.

The Program

The Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology program provides students with the knowledge required to find solutions to workplace problems. It focuses on the use of psychological principles to understand behavior in the workplace and to improve the productivity and quality of work life of employees at all organizational levels. Students will learn the psychological theories and techniques underlying employee selection, training, and performance assessment. They will also study various organizational behavior topics such as leadership and employee motivation. Finally, students will be provided with a foundation in psychological statistics and methodology, which they will be able to draw from throughout their careers. Having completed this degree, students will be prepared to obtain a job in a consulting, business, or government setting or to pursue a doctoral degree in industrial/organizational psychology.

What Sets our Program Apart

  • Faculty and students publish in refereed journals and present their research at juried national conferences such as the Society of Industrial Psychology (SIOP). Nearly 50 publications and presentations have been produced by the I-O program faculty and graduate students since the program began in fall 2003.
  • The I-O program provides applied learning opportunities for students enrolled in the program through continued fostering of connections and partnerships with the local and national business community. The consulting firm, St. Cloud Industrial-Organizational Network (SCION), obtains contracts, internship or practicum experiences, consulting challenges (teaming up with Minnesota State University-Mankato, UNI, and Roosevelt College), and class or program wide research projects.
  • The I-O program consults with an advisory board consisting of community HR members in order to help develop curriculum and relevant I-O activities in order to make suggestions for the direction and focus of the program and to ensure local and regional businesses needs are being met by I-O program graduate skills.
  • The I-O program fosters a cooperative learning experience. Students are encouraged and often required to collaborate on class and other projects.
  • The I-O program employs experiential learning techniques in order to engage students in applying theoretical concepts to actual organizational problems and issues. Often these learning experiences include interacting with the business community.
  • The I-O program has a heavy quantitative emphasis. This emphasis provides graduates with knowledge and skills that are attractive to many businesses, such as the knowledge to assist corporate leaders in making data-driven decisions. In addition to three largely quantitative courses, most courses in the program have components that require the understanding and application of quantitative methods.
  • The I-O program faculty and students actively support and participate in socialization activities and networking, formal and informal, including attendance at local and national conferences and meetings.
  • The I-O program was ranked 14th in the Nation in terms of program resources offered to graduate students, 15th in the nation on culture, and 9th in the nation on tuition costs (Kraiger & Abalos, 2004).
  • The I-O program is highly involved in program and student learning assessments using exit interview surveys, program comprehensive pre-post test, course pre-post tests, and writing rubrics.
  • The I-O program participates in an annual I-O Guest Lecture/Speaker Series.
  • The I-O program developed a newsletter to help inform community organization members and alumni of the current status and direction of the I-O program.
  • I-O graduate students have developed an I-O student organization that participates in community volunteering and outreach opportunities.

Employers

  • Master’s degree industrial-organizational psychologists work in many different settings, including consulting, business, and government. This flexibility increases their marketability and has resulted in a steady annual increase in the demand for individuals with this degree.
  • Master’s degree industrial-organizational psychologists also have the option of pursuing a doctoral degree in their field, opening up many other employment opportunities.

Length of Program - Measured by Semesters

  • The 41-credit program is designed so that full-time students can finish in four semesters.

Odd Year Starts

Even Year Starts

First Semester (9 Credits)

First Semester (11 Credits)

1. PSY 602: Psychometrics

1. PSY 602: Psychometrics

2. PSY 603: Inferential Statistics I

2. PSY 603: Inferential Statistics I

3. PSY 560: Organizational Psychology

3. PSY 663: Personnel Selection

4. PSY 505: Profession of Psychology

Second Semester (12 Credits)

Second Semester (12 Credits)

1. PSY 604: Inferential Statistics II

1. PSY 604: Inferential Statistics II

2. PSY 661: Performance Assessment

2. PSY 662: Training and OD

3. PSY 664: Job Analysis

3. Elective

4. Elective

4. Elective

Third Semester (11 Credits)

Third Semester (9 Credits)

1. PSY 663: Personnel Selection

1. PSY 560: Organizational Psychology

2. PSY 505: Profession of Psychology

2. Elective

3. Elective

3. Thesis, Practicum, or Elective

4. Thesis, Practicum, or Elective

Fourth Semester (9 Credits)

Fourth Semester (9 Credits)

1. PSY 662: Training and OD

1. PSY 664: Job Analysis

2. Elective

2. PSY 661: Performance Assessment

3. Thesis, Practicum, or Elective

3. Thesis, Practicum, or Elective

Wait list Information

  • Competition for limited places in the IO program requires the necessity of a waitlist.

Graduate Assistantship Overview

  • Two to three graduate assistantships are available for fall and spring semesters.