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To earn the Master of Science degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (MSIO), students are required to complete a core curriculum of 36 semester hours of classes and 9 semester hours of elective work, for a total of 45 semester hours. Students may complete additional elective hours if desired.
Required Courses & Credit Hours
PSY 501 I-O Discussion Forum (3)
PSY 550 Organizational Psychology (3)
PSY 570 Work Environments  (3)
PSY 580 Cognition in the Workplace (3)
PSY 615 Univariate and Bivariate Statistics and Applied Research Design (3)
PSY 616 Multivariate Statistics and Applied Research Design (3)
PSY 620 Job Analysis and Staffing (3)
PSY 625 Psychological Testing, Measurement, and Scientific Survey Methods (3)
PSY 635 Selection and Performance Appraisal (3)
PSY 640 Training and Development (3)
PSY 660 Organizational Change and Development (3)
PSY 685 Applied Research Study - Capstone (3)
Required total    36 hours

Electives -  Research Options:
PSY 699 Independent Study  (1 to 3)
PSY 795 Practicum (3 to 6)
PSY 797 Thesis (3 to 6)

Electives -  Course Options:
PSY 630 Occupational Health Psychology (3)
PSY 645 Organizational Consulting (3)
PSY 652 Epidemiology (3)
PSY 670 Organizational Leadership (3)
PSY 675 Workplace Motivation (3)
PSY 694a Special Topics:Teams and Teamwork (3)
PSY 694b Special Topics:  Compensation and Benefits (3)   
Electives total      9 hours

Program total    45 hours

Academic Standing:
Students are expected to maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 across all coursework completed in the MSIO program. At most, two C+ or C grades can be counted toward the degree. Two courses with a grade of C+, C, or lower may be repeated, but only once each. The grade received in the repeated course will replace the previously earned grade to compute cumulative GPA.
Students whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on probation. Students entering probation status have nine credit hours of coursework in which to raise their GPA to 3.0. A student who remains on probation after completing nine credit hours of coursework will not be allowed to continue in the program.

Recommended Course Load:
Because the IO program is designed to accommodate both part- and full-time students, we recommend different credit hour loads for each. Part-time students are advised to enroll for six or fewer credit hours of classes each semester. Full-time students are advised to enroll for greater than six credit hours of classes.  
Portfolio Requirement:
Throughout the graduate program, students will complete wide-ranging independent course work and diverse team projects. By the end of their programs, students will have accumulated unique combinations of individual and group project work that reflects their efforts, interests, and quality of work. The portfolio is intended to summarize courses and seminars completed; knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired; and both personal growth and professional competencies developed during the program.      

The portfolio provides an opportunity to present your competencies as an Industrial and Organizational Psychology practitioner, integrate your perspectives of each course, and emphasize content areas of stronger career interest while describing the breadth of your professional training.

Ultimately the portfolio is intended to represent each student's individual body of work in the program, and has been shown to be particularly informative as a professional marketing tool when describing the knowledge, skills, abilities, and related competencies comprising Industrial and Organizational Psychology to potential employers. To more efficiently construct your portfolio, it may be beneficial to plan in advance and to keep your course materials well organized as you progress through the program.