Feb 29, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology Option, M.S.

This is a 36-unit program.


  • A bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology or 24 upper division units of psychology.

Take one of the following courses:


Students may be admitted to the MSIO program if they lack only one required course. The missing course must be completed within the first year of graduate study. However, PSY 314  AND PSY 351  or PSY 381  or PSY 453 /PSY 553  must be completed prior to MSIO program entry, as they are prerequisites for the first semester MSIO program coursework. Students missing more than one prerequisite course at the time of application may be offered provisional admission if they submit an approved plan to take the missing courses prior to admission to the program.

Advancement to Candidacy

Advancement to Candidacy is the next step after achieving classified status and confers catalog rights to graduate students and signifies approval of a plan of study by the graduate student’s program, department, and college. The prerequisites to advancement are:

  1. Application for Advancement to Candidacy must be completed prior to or concurrent with enrollment in PSY 699 - Directed Research and Portfolio  or PSY 698 - Thesis .
  2. Classified status.
  3. An approved program of studies for the Master of Science, Industrial and Organizational option degree.
  4. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
  5. A minimum 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.0 GPA in all units undertaken for the program (at least 6 graduate units).
  6. Be enrolled in regular session.


Students must declare their intention to pursue one of two possible tracks within the MSIO degree, either Track 1: Applied, or Track 2: Thesis Research at the time of Advancement to Candidacy. Students intending to pursue a career in the application of Industrial-Organizational psychology to business and industry are encouraged to pursue the Applied track. Students seeking to pursue a doctoral degree in Industrial-Organizational psychology immediately upon graduation of the MSIO degree are encouraged to pursue the Thesis Research track.

Track 1: Applied/Portfolio

The student must complete a minimum of 36 units of graduate course work.

Take two courses chosen from the following:

Additional Requirements

An approved Student Learning Portfolio. (Note: In order to satisfy the culminating activity requirement (thesis, project, or comprehensive examination dependent upon the program), students must earn at least three (3) units and no more than six (6) units related to the completion of the culminating activity.)

Students with credit in PSY 411  or PSY 412  as undergraduates may petition the MSIO Program Committee to substitute a maximum of 3 units from related areas toward the 36-unit program.

Track 2: Research/Thesis

The student must complete a minimum of 36 units of graduate course work.

Student Learning Outcomes

Knowledge Base in I-O Psychology

By the completion of the Masters degree, students will:

  • Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in I-O psychology. Including (but not limited to) information related to the following topics:
    • Measurement of Individual Differences
    • Criterion Theory and Development
    • Job and Task Analysis
    • Employee Selection, Placement, and Classification
    • Performance Appraisal and Feedback
    • Training: Theory, Program Design, and Evaluation
    • Work Motivation
    • Attitude Theory, Small Group Theory and Process
    • Organization Theory
    • Organizational Development

Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking

By the completion of the Master’s degree, students will:

  • Use scientific reasoning to interpret I-O psychological findings
  • Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving
  • Interpret, design, and conduct I-O psychological research
  • Appropriately apply and properly conduct descriptive and inferential statistical analyses

Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World

By the completion of the Master’s degree, students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and legal implications of conducting research in and the practice of I-O psychology.


By the completion of the Master’s degree, students will:

  • Demonstrate effective writing skills
  • Exhibit effective presentation skills
  • Engage in active and meaningful discussion/dialogue on I-O psychological topics

Professional Development

By the completion of the Master’s degree, students will:

  • Apply I-O psychological content and skills to succeed in professional and academic endeavors
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively both independently and in group settings
  • Develop meaningful professional direction for a career after graduation