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Industrial/Organizational Psychology Master’s Degree (M.S.)

The Master of Science (M.S.) in industrial/organizational psychology is a 42-credit-hour program that takes a scientist-practitioner approach to the study of psychological principles in the workplace. These issues include ensuring that employees have:

  • The knowledge, skills and abilities to work effectively
  • The principles of leadership, motivation, satisfaction and organizational commitment

Our program emphasizes research and consulting skills, and students have the opportunity to practice solving research or work problems in a thesis course or practicum course.

Students choose this program for a variety of purposes, including to:

  • Prepare for doctoral training
  • Enter a human resources position
  • Serve as an organizational consultant


Master of Science in industrial/organizational psychology


Our program prepares students to work effectively in:

  • Organizational settings (public and private agencies)
  • Government institutions
  • Companies
  • Corporations
  • Foundations

Career opportunities include:

  • Entering a Ph.D. program
  • Human resources manager
  • Organizational consultant
  • Private agencies
  • Government institutions
  • Nonprofit organizations

Program Highlights

  • Core courses are offered in a face-to-face format and taught by ASU faculty with doctoral degrees. Many electives are offered online.

  • Students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty on research.

  • We have a secure, state-of-the-art research facility dedicated to our program.

Admission Requirements

  • All college and university transcripts
  • Essay of no more than 500 words about how you believe our program will help you achieve your career and personal goals
  • Three letters of recommendation (two must be from academic sources)
  • Face-to-face or Skype interview
  • The GRE will be required if:
    • You do not possess a bachelor’s degree in psychology
    • Your overall undergraduate GPA is less than 3.15, including repeated courses
    • Your undergraduate GPA in psychology courses is less than 3.40

Letter of Recommendation


  • Hold a bachelor’s degree. Must have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0, or a 3.25 GPA in psychology coursework, including repeated courses.
  • Nine (9) hours of undergraduate psychology or related coursework are strongly recommended

Application Deadlines

Fall: Feb. 1

Degree Plan

  • Curriculum for I-O Graduate Program

    The graduate program requires 42 credits of work divided into three categories:

    • I-O Core Courses - 24 credits
    • Core Psychology and Electives - 12 credits
    • Thesis/Internship - 6 credits

    Our courses are organized into four content-based dyads:

    • Statistics and Methods (6313/6358)
    • Seminars (6362/6363)
    • Organizational Psychology (6350/6360)
    • Human Resource Management (6352/6356)

    Furthermore, PSY 6313-6362, PSY 6352-6356, and PSY 6350-6360 are temporally linked.

    By “temporally linked,” we mean that the courses are offered on the same night, and that they overlap with each other.

    For example, PSY 6313 is populated by first-year students and begins at 4 p.m., while PSY 6362 is populated by second-year students and begins at 7 p.m. The courses overlap during the 6-7 p.m. hour, and during that time we may have special group projects, guest speakers, and other content area discussions that both cohorts can experience together.

    There are a number of benefits to this model for both students and faculty, and we have found that the more concentrated exposure to course material enhances learning.

    Students complete the curriculum as indicated in the table below. Internship (PSY 6672) or thesis (PSY 6699) credits are taken either in the intermediate summer term or in the second year of the program. 

    I-O Curriculum
    Semester 1 PSY 6313 PSY 6352 elective
    Semester 2 PSY 6358 PSY 6350 elective
    Semester 3 PSY 6362 PSY 6356 elective
    Semester 4 PSY 6363 PSY 6360 elective


  • Graduate
  • Research
  • Teaching

Read this assistantship information to learn more about the availability and the application process.

  • Carr Academic Graduate Scholarships

    Carr Academic Graduate Scholarships are ASU’s premier scholarships for graduate students. Awards are based on undergraduate GPA. Students are considered for the Carr Academic Graduate Scholarship upon their acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies and Research. No application is required.


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