Industrial/Organizational Concentrations

Note: GRE General Test scores for Fall 2022 Applicants are optional (not required as part of the application) for Psychology MS Graduate programs.

39-42 semester hours

The Industrial/Organizational (I/O) M.S. program is designed for students who plan careers in Human Resource areas of business, industry, government, or other organizations. The program also prepares students for doctoral training in I/O and related fields.

Course Work

The I/O M.S. program requires 27 semester hours of course work: PSY601, 602, 524, 560, 562, 569, 566, 600, & 630. In addition, 12-15 semester hours of elective courses must be completed. Common electives include: PSY510, PSY546, PSY 571, PSY572, PSY567, 590 (I/O related), and 610. Students may take 6 elective graduate hours outside of Psychology (e.g., Human Resource Management HRM or PPA departments). Electives must be approved by the advisor.

Here is an Advising Guide which lists typical course sequences and elective options for the I/O concentration.

Core Courses

Students are expected to complete the I/O core courses (PSY601, 602, 560, 562, & 569) with a minimum GPA of at least 3.25. Failure to do so will result in the student being required to pass the "candidacy exam" as mentioned in the "Degree Candidacy" section.

Degree Candidacy

Students must file for Degree Candidacy after 15 hours in the program, and upon completion of the I/O core. This typically occurs at the end of the first academic year. Forms are available from the Graduate Coordinator or from The Graduate School web page. Students who do not achieve a 3.25 GPA in the I/O core must take and pass a written candidacy exam immediately upon completion of the core courses. Continuation in the program will be dependent upon passing the exam.


With careful selection of electives, internship placement and research focus, students can develop personal concentrations in areas such as performance analysis and organizational behavior management, training, personnel evaluation and placement, and group and organizational processes.

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