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Industrial-Organizational psychology focuses on mastering key knowledge and skills needed to help organizations succeed, and the doctoral program expands those skills, targeting creation and dissemination of new knowledge in the field of I-O Psychology through scientific research. The program is designed 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 emphasize that the best foundation for good practice is good science. Our curriculum offers a balance of I/O content, methods and applications in a culture stressing professionalism, respect for individual differences, and the importance of evidence-based practice. Our students learn to think critically and to communicate clearly in solving real-world problems in work settings.

Courses are offered in a broad array, 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.

Program Objectives

MASTER OF ARTS IN INDUSTRIAL-ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

Students who complete the M.A. program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology will:

  1. Ability to apply theory and methods to help organizations solve people-related problems.
  2. Have knowledge of the aims, practices, and strategies of organizations, workgroups, and individual workers to achieve fit.
  3. have knowledge of methods suited to testing the qualities of specific HR-related practices and interventions serving organizational aims.
  4. Ability to communicate with technical proficiency in terms understandable by lay professionals.
  5. Standards of academic, research, and business professionalism.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN INDUSTRIAL-ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

Students who complete the Ph.D. program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology will:

  1. Ability to apply theory and methods to help organizations solve people-related problems.
  2. Have knowledge of the aims, practices, and strategies of organizations, workgroups, and individual workers to achieve fit.
  3. Have knowledge of methods suited to testing the qualities of specific HR-related practices and interventions service organizational aims.
  4. Ability to communicate with technical proficiency in terms understandable by lay professionals.
  5. Standards of academic, research, and business professionalism.
  6. Ability to design and execute research studies independently, addressing questions relevant to organizational interventions involving people.
Degree Options

Industrial-Organizational Psychology, M.A.

Suitable for those seeking to develop the applied skills necessary for basic consulting projects in business and government.

Industrial-Organizational Psychology, J.D./M.A.

Students earn two degree in less time, eliminates 19 hours of course work which would be required if the programs in law and industrial-organizational psychology were taken separately.

Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Ph.D.

For those seeking deeper understanding of the principles and methods of fitting people and jobs; follows the scientist-practitioner model of psychological training, incorporating a synergy of theory, research, and practice.

Application Checklist
  1. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all previous universities, even those where you did not previously earn a degree. Unofficial versions* can be uploaded to the online system after submitting an application.
  2. General GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative, Analytic; we do not require the subject test). Our program focuses mostly on percentiles, which are included in your GRE report. Unofficial versions* can be uploaded to the online system after submitting an application.
  3. Letters from three references. At least two should be from professors who know you well. Letters from family friends and work supervisors are given less weight. The online application system allows you to have requests for these sent to your letter writers electronically after an application is submitted.
  4. A 500-1000-word Statement of Purpose describing why you are seeking a degree in I-O psychology, and any relevant research experience (especially for doctoral applicants). We do not need to hear your whole life story, but it is a good opportunity to explain any anomalies on your transcript or GRE record. Your statement can be uploaded online after an application is submitted.
  5. Resume/Curriculum vitae. Required if you want to be considered for any graduate assistantship funding. Your resume/vita can be uploaded online after an application is submitted.
  6. TOEFL/IELTS Scores: Required of all international applicants who have not previously earned a college degree from a US institution. Unofficial versions* can be uploaded to the online system after submitting an application.

*The Graduate School screens all documents very carefully and reserves the right to request official versions for any reason as a condition of admittance.

I-O Graduate Program Facts

From admissions to program outcomes, here are the facts about TU I-O Graduate Programs. Learn more.

Application Requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, the following items must be submitted to the Graduate School:

  • A completed Graduate School application
  • Statement of Purpose (admission essay)
  • 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on your academic potential
  • Official or unofficial transcripts from all universities attended
  • GRE General Test results
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • $55 application fee
  • International students who studied at a university outside of the U.S. will also need to submit TOEFL or IELTS results