Mission and Objectives


The mission of the Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology Master’s Degree Program at Saint Cloud State University is to provide graduate students with the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for jobs in consulting, business, and government, or to continue their education. Reflecting a commitment to the scientist-practitioner model of graduate education in I-O psychology, the curriculum includes training in the theoretical knowledge of I-O psychology and in the application of this knowledge in work settings.


Graduate students will:

  • Be trained in the core areas of I-O psychology as recommended by the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology.
  • Be provided with a foundation in psychological theory, statistics, and psychometrics.
  • Be exposed, through curriculum electives, to related disciplines such as management and sociology, which will broaden their perspective and further their knowledge.
  • Have the opportunity to tailor their education around one of two goals: (a) to pursue a higher graduate degree or (b) to seek employment upon graduation.
  • Develop analytical and critical thinking skills that will allow them to apply their knowledge to solve organizational problems in a variety of settings.
  • Be trained to be aware of and to respect diversity in work settings.
  • Be exposed to contemporary issues in industrial-organizational psychology.

Please follow the "faculty" and "curriculum" links for specific information regarding faculty research interests and course requirements.


Course Descriptions

For more information regarding course descriptions, please visit the following link Course Descriptions.


Cohort Model

The graduate student experience in the SCSU I-O program follows a cohort model of participation. That is, class-work, thesis, and/or practicum experiences will be largely shared with classmates who are admitted into the program at the same time. Because of this cohort system, we admit students for Fall semesters only.

Graduate students enroll in 3-4 classes per semester, and the program of courses is mapped out such that students will fulfill their classroom graduation requirements in 2 years (4 full-term semesters). In addition to class work, graduate students are required to fulfill either a practicum (work experience) or thesis (research project) requirement in their final semester(s) of enrollment.


Applied Experiences

The core I-O faculty of the Psychology Department's program consist of professors Jody Illies (Ph.D., University of Nebraska, I-O Psychology), John Kulas (Ph.D., Northern Illinois University, I-O Psychology), and Daren Protolipac (Ph.D., Northern Illinois University, I-O Psychology). In addition to their teaching and research experiences, these faculty members have accumulated a wide variety of applied experiences in the I-O field. Collectively, a short-list of client organizations they have served includes: Bush Brothers Baked Beans; the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. John; the Internal Revenue Service; Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; the National Restaurant Association; Pacesetter Corporation; PaineWebber; the Police and Fire Departments of Lincoln, NE; SBC, Inc.; SkillsNET; TechData; the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Vision2Reality. Having applied I-O backgrounds enables these professors to provide a solid foundation in I-O methods and procedures while using real-world examples of I-O derailers/keys to success.


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