Industrial/Organizational (I/O) psychology is the scientific study of human behavior at work and the application of that science to workplace issues facing individuals, teams, and organizations. In 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that I/O Psychology was the fastest growing occupation, with an anticipated growth rate of 53% between 2014 and 2022. Individuals with master’s degrees in I/O psychology are employed in consulting, private practice, government, and corporations. The master’s program at TAMU emphasizes the application of psychological principles to human resource decisions and organizational behavior challenges. Students will benefit from training by faculty who also teach courses in a nationally ranked I/O Psychology Ph.D. program.
More information about I/O Psychology can be found on the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology website.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the deadline for applications for fall 2018 admission?
March 1, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted.
Is there an admissions cycle for Spring 2019?
No. We only have admissions in fall semesters.
What are the application requirements?
Application materials are the same as those required for the Ph.D. program; however, the deadline is later: March 1, 2018. Detailed instructions can be found here.
- ApplyTexas application – be sure to choose LA PSYC MS. This includes an application fee of $65 for US citizens and $95 for international students
- Statement of Purpose and GRS document in the TAMU Applicant Information System
- Test scores: General GRE and TOEFL if English is not your first language
- Official transcripts for undergraduate degree (4 year Bachelor’s degree). Psychology or related major preferred, but other majors will be considered. If you completed your degree at TAMU, you do not need to submit a transcript.
- 3 letters of recommendation.
- Psychology Department Addendum is NOT required
Is work experience required?
Am I competitive?
Fall 2018 will be our first year for the program, so we do not have normative data yet. As these data become available, we will provide average GPA and GRE scores. For now, we propose a 3.0 or better GPA, A or B grades in research methods, statistics, and other I/O relevant courses, and a 310 or better on the GRE are competitive.
How many students will be accepted?
We anticipate the incoming class for fall 2018 will consist of approximately 15 students.
When will decisions be made?
We anticipate notifying our first round of candidates on March 15 and expect to complete admissions by April 30, 2018.
General Questions about the Program
How many hours are required to complete the master’s degree?
The program consists of 33-39 semester credit hours taken over 3-4 semesters (18-24 months).
When do classes start?
All cohorts will begin in the fall semester (August). Students are not permitted to begin the program in the spring or summer.
Can I enroll in the program on a part-time basis?
No. Students are expected to maintain a full-time status. At the graduate level, full-time status is means enrollment in 9 semester hours of credit.
Will classes be offered at night, on the weekends, or online?
No. At this time, we anticipate classes will be offered Monday through Friday between 8am and 5pm. We may revisit this in the future.
What does the curriculum look like?
An initial draft is presented here:
|Y1 Fall||PSYC 611: Personnel Psychology||3|
|Y1 Fall||PSYC 607: ANOVA||3|
|Y1 Fall||PSYC 620: Applied Social Psychology||3|
|Y1 Spring||PSYC 610: Organizational Psychology||3|
|Y1 Spring||PSYC 671: Regression||3|
|Y1 Spring||PSYC 682: Personnel Seminar (e.g., Advanced Selection & Training)||3|
|Y1 Summer||PSYC TBD: Internship||3|
|Y2 Fall||PSYC 673: Psychometric Theory & Methods||3|
|Y2 Fall||PSYC 680: Organizational Seminar (e.g., Diversity, Leadership, Motivation)||3|
|Y2 Fall||PSYC 689: Research and Survey Methods||3|
|Y2 Fall||PSYC 689: Current Topics and Ethics in I/O||3|
Generally, students enroll in 9-12 hours each semester for 3 semesters. Master’s students are also strongly encouraged to attend our I/O Psychology colloquia series which meets every Friday, mostly 1:30-3pm, but we also incorporate the CARMA webcasts which are usually at 12pm.
Who will be teaching the courses?
The I/O Ph.D. program faculty will be teaching the courses, as well as the Director of the Program who we plan to hire in 2018. Additionally, some courses will be taken with other faculty in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Experienced lecturers or very senior PhD students might occasionally teach a course in the future.
Is a master’s thesis required? What if I would like to complete a master’s thesis?
No. If you would like to pursue one, we can consider this on a case-by case basis.
Is research required?
No. However, if you would like to get involved in research studies/projects you are welcome to do so.
Will I have office space/desk on campus?
No, unfortunately, we do not have enough space to give each student dedicated space. However, you are welcome to use the graduate student lounge in Milner 228.
Is an internship required?
Yes. All students must complete a minimum of a 3-month full-time internship in a related to context (e.g., Human Resources department). Alternative timelines (e.g., 6 months, part-time) will be considered on a case-by-case basis and approved by the Director of the Program. We anticipate most students will complete their internship in the summer between their first and second year.
Can I use my current employer as my internship?
Yes, as long as it meets the requirements and approval of the Director of the Program.
Where do students complete internships?
We anticipate most students will complete internships in the local area, as well as Houston, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, and San Antonio; however, students are not limited to completing their internship in these locations.
Is there a comprehensive exam or qualification exam at the conclusion of the program?
Yes. At the end of the second year, you must pass a comprehensive written exam covering core concepts from your classes. Details on the nature of this exam will be made available at least one semester before administration.
Am I guaranteed a job?
No. We cannot guarantee you a job. However, we anticipate many internships experiences will turn into full-time job opportunities and strong relationships will develop over time to facilitate job placement.
How much does the program cost?
Each semester, master’s students will pay a $3500 fee, plus tuition and fees for 9 hours of graduate level tuition. 2018-2019 resident rates. 2017-2018 non-resident rates (2018-2019 do not appear to be available yet). We estimate the total cost for tuition and all fees to be approximately $23,000 for residents and $36,000 for non-residents. Please keep in mind this is an investment in your future.
Are there assistantships available?
No, unfortunately, the department/program are not able to offer any assistantships to master’s students at this time.
Are out-of-state/international students eligible for an in-state tuition waiver? How about after the first year?
No and no.
Relationship to the I/O Psychology Ph.D. Program
To what extent do the TAMU master’s and Ph.D. I/O programs overlap?
Considerably! Students take similar (PSYC 607, 620, 671) and overlapping (PSYC 610 and 611) courses taught by many of the same faculty members especially the first year. They also attend colloquium together every Friday.
If I am not accepted in to the Ph.D. program, can I be considered for the master’s program? Do I have to reapply?
Yes. We will invite some Ph.D. applicants who are not offered admission to the Ph.D. program but appear competitive for the master’s program to consider enrolling in our master’s program. You will not need to reapply or pay another application fee.
After completing the master’s program, can I transfer to the Ph.D. program?
No. However, you can apply to the Ph.D. program and we will consider your application along with all the others in the applicant pool.
Comparison to MSHRM program
How is the MSIOP different from the master’s in Human Resource Management Program (MSHRM) in the Mays Business School?
The MSHRM program was established over 15 years ago. The I/O psychology master’s program is brand new, with the first entering class in 2018. Our curriculum includes a core in psychological theories and a strong statistical foundation including psychometrics. While our program does prepare students for careers in human resources departments, our curriculum is particularly focused on the science of human behavior at work, as it relates to personnel functions, individual characteristics, and interpersonal relationships in the workplace.