Industrial-Organizational Psychology Concentration

Catalog Year: 2023-2024

Banner Code: LA-MA-PSYC-IO

The MA in psychology is distinguished by its emphasis on basic research and the application of research to solve practical problems in families, industry, government, and health care settings. Because of the program’s proximity to Washington D.C., students have access to many employment and continuing education opportunities in research, academia, and consulting within government, public, and private settings. 

The psychology MA offers the following concentrations:

  •     applied developmental psychology 
  •     clinical psychology
  •     cognitive and behavioral neuroscience 
  •     human factors/applied cognition 
  •     industrial/organizational psychology 

While the department does not offer a master's degree in clinical or counseling psychology, a master's degree in psychology with a concentration in clinical psychology is available for students who have been admitted to the doctoral program concentration in clinical psychology.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 32

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Choose one concentration and complete the requirements therein.

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (IO)

The industrial/organizational psychology concentration trains students in the conduct and application of psychological research in work settings. Expertise can be developed in a variety of areas, including personnel selection, training, leadership, motivation, and human performance assessment.


Select at least 11 credits of the following: 11
General Linear Modeling I  
General Linear Modeling II  
Psychometric Methods  
Evaluative Research in Psychology
Total Credits 11

Survey of Content 

PSYC 636 Survey of Industrial-Organizational Psychology 3
Total Credits 3

 Specialized Content

Select at least four courses from the following: 12
Organizational Change and Development  
Industrial and Personnel Testing and Evaluation  
Training: Psychological Contributions to Theory, Design, and Evaluation  
Techniques in Industrial/Organizational Psychology  
Behavior in Small Groups and Teams  
Personality: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches  
Social Bases of Behavior  
Issues in Personnel Psychology  
Psychology of Work Motivation  
Behavior and Performance at Work  
IO Psychology and Legal Issues in Employment Discrimination  
Seminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology  
Other graduate courses with permission of I/O faculty
Total Credits 12

Professional Development

Select at least 3 credits from the following: 3
Practicum in Applied Psychology  
Special Topics in Psychology 1  
Total Credits 3


Students complete the 32 credits required for the degree through additional coursework, including courses not listed above, within or outside the department, with prior approval of the graduate advisor. These courses are typically within statistics or specialized content.

Optional Thesis

Students need the chair's approval to register for thesis. Students should be aware of the policies governing theses. They must follow the thesis enrollment policy of the university and once enrolled in PSYC 799 Master's Thesis, maintain continuous enrollment. See Academic Policies.

Select 6 credits from the following: 6
Thesis Proposal  
Master's Thesis  
Total Credits 6