May 22, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Industrial-Organizational Psychology (M.S.I.O.)

Bulletin/Catalog Year 2020-2021
College of Behavioral and Health Sciences
Department of Psychological Science and Counseling

Dr. Nicole Knickmeyer
Chair, Department of Psychological Science and Counseling
Associate Professor
Location: Clement Building, Room 205B
Phone:  931-221-7232

Dr. Adriane Sanders
Graduate Coordinator
Associate Professor
Location: Clement Building, Room 217B
Phone: 931-221-7946

The Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (MSIO) program is an online graduate program that follows the scientist-practitioner model of graduate education. The program will train master’s students in the application of psychological principles to the workplace, built upon a foundation of research and science.

The field of industrial-organizational psychology is centered on understanding work from a psychological perspective. Through the program, students are trained in I-O psychology theories and research methods, studying application in work settings such as industry and government. Students develop expertise in a variety of areas, including personnel assessment and selection, training and development, performance appraisal, motivation, team performance and leadership.

Priority admission consideration will be given to applicants who meet admission requirements and submit complete files prior to the priority deadline. The priority deadline is March 1st for Fall admissions and November 1st for Spring admissions. Late applications will be considered based upon available openings. Upon review of applicant materials, admission decisions will be made until July 31st for Fall enrollment and until December 31st for Spring enrollment. Applicants to the MSIO program must be formally admitted to the program prior to enrollment in graduate classes.

Admission to the MSIO Program is competitive and selective. Applicants who are admitted typically have a GPA of 3.0 or above and/or GRE scores that exceed the minimum scores required for admission to the College of Graduate Studies. A variety of factors are considered in MSIO admissions, including all submitted materials and the number of available openings in the program.

Listed below are the required application materials and the associated scores (if necessary) for each.

Admissions Requirements

  • Application for admission
  • Application Fee:  $45 domestic
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
    • If your official transcripts will not arrive by the priority deadline, please submit your unofficial transcripts through the application portal.
  • Verification of lawful presence in the United States (i.e. submit a license or other approved document)
  • Bachelor’s degree, conferred in any field (with 12 credit hours of Psychology or relevant courses), from a regionally accredited institution showing a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5
  • GRE Scores:  Verbal (minimum 143) and Quantitative (minimum 138) exams:
    • If your official GRE scores are not available by the priority deadline, please submit your unofficial GRE scores for consideration by filling out the Unofficial GRE Score Reporting Form located on the College of Graduate Studies website.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (request forms are located on the College of Graduate Studies website):
    • Undergraduate faculty who instructed you and can verify your academic ability should complete your recommendation letters. If you are pursuing the master’s degree after a long gap in education, letters of recommendation from a work supervisor/professional who can comment on your potential to successfully complete graduate education may be submitted.
  • Brief Personal Statement that addresses the following (1-2 pages)
    • Why you are interested in the field of I-O Psychology
    • Why you are interested specifically in APSU’s MSIO program
    • Relevant courses taken at the undergraduate and/or graduate level (especially those demonstrating readiness in terms of social science research methods and statistics)
    • Relevant research, work, and/or applied experience
    • Additional information that demonstrates your commitment to completing the degree program
  • Military documents (if applicable)
  • Note: Receipt of an admission offer from the I-O Psychology department selection committee is required to enroll in MSIO courses.

The MSIO Program is unable to accept international students who are seeking a F-1 Visa due to the fully online program delivery. International students not seeking F-1 Visa status can visit the International Students page on the College of Graduate Studies website for additional application requirements.

For more information about the application process, please visit