Department of Psychology

Master of Science in Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Concentration

 

Industrial/Organizational Psychology has been a legitimate specialty area of psychology for 100 years. It is both a science and a practice. As a science, it is concerned with understanding how people behave in work situations. As a practice, it is concerned with finding creative, research based solutions to problems concerning people in the workplace. Both a thesis and internship are required and prepare the student for real-world experiences; consulting opportunities are also possible as they come available.

  

Length of Program

The Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Industrial/Organizational is a two-year, on campus program.

 

Admission Requirements

In addition to the courses required for admission, the student must have taken and passed Principles of Management and at least 6
hours of undergraduate business/management courses. Suggested courses include accounting, business law, computer programming,
information systems, finance, human resources, marketing, management, statistics. If deficient, these courses may be taken concurrently with graduate courses except in the case of a background course being a prerequisite to a graduate course taken in the same semester.

Although majoring in either psychology or business as an undergraduate is not absolutely required, students are urged to arrange undergraduate programs to reflect such a major if at all possible.

An applicant should have completed a minimum of 27 hours of undergraduate psychology courses (required courses listed below) AND 9 of undergraduate business courses (Principles of Management is required, plus 6 additional business hours; suggested courses listed below). Any required deficient undergraduate courses may be taken concurrently while taking graduate courses.

The following requirements must be met for admission into the program:

  1. An overall 3.00 grade-point average on a four-point scale or a 3.25 on the last 60 semester hours for the undergraduate degree.
  2. Three letters of recommendation.
  3. Graduate Record Examination or Miller’s Analogy Test.
  4. A B.S., B.A., B.F.A., or B.S.E. degree.
  5. A personal letter addressing the following: research experience (presentations, lab work, conference attendance), work/volunteer
    experience especially jobs relating to your area of interest in psychology, why you want to pursue a Master’s degree, and your
    future plans with your master’s degree.
  6. For General and Industrial/Organizational: a minimum of 24 semester hours of background work in psychology excluding introductory or general psychology and including statistics, experimental psychology, developmental or social psychology, learning or cognitive psychology or memory, abnormal psychology or personality, psychological testing or foundations/history of psychology, and any additional 6 hours of other psychology course work.

 

Required Undergraduate Courses in Psychology

Introduction to Psychology, Statistics, Experimental, AND any 6 additional psychology hours PLUS one from each of the following 4 choices:

  1. developmental OR social psychology
     
  2. abnormal psychology OR personality
     
  3. psychological testing OR foundations/history
     
  4. learning OR cognitive OR memory

  

Suggested Undergraduate Courses in Business

  • computer information systems
  • general business
  • management
  • human resources
  • marketing
  • personnel
  • business law
  • organizational behavior/theory

  

Application Requirements

Admission to the graduate program requires a cumulative 3.00 GPA or higher or 3.25 on last 60 hours based on a 4.0 scale and submitting the following:

  1. An overall 3.00 grade-point average on a four-point scale or a 3.25 on the last 60 semester hours for the undergraduate degree.
  2. A B.S., B.A., B.F.A., or B.S.E. degree.
  3. A minimum of 24 semester hours of background work in psychology excluding introductory or general psychology and including statistics, experimental psychology, developmental or social psychology, learning or cognitive psychology or memory, abnormal psychology or personality, psychological testing or foundations/history of psychology, and any additional 6 hours of other psychology course work.
  4. Complete Graduate School Application.
  5. Submit Graduate Record Examination scores or Miller's Analogy Test score.
  6. Three (3) letters of recommendation from professors and others who know you well enough academically to comment on your academic success at the graduate level.
  7. A personal letter addressing the following: research experience (presentations, lab work, conference attendance), work/volunteer
    experience especially jobs relating to your area of interest in psychology, why you want to pursue a master’s degree, and your
    future plans with your master’s degree.
  8. Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  9. Application fee of $40.

Submit all application materials and fee to:

Office of Graduate Studies
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle, Box 4003
Emporia, KS 66801

Additional Requirements

  1. A degree program must be completed and approved before the second semester of enrollment (your advisor will assist you with this).
  2. The student should apply for degree candidacy after completing six hours of course work (usually between 6 and 15 hours). A student must be a degree candidate before enrolling in either PY800 Thesis or PY839 Internship.
  3. Graduate students have 7 years to complete their graduate degree from when they begin the program. A maximum of 9 graduate credit hours may be transferred from another institution with approval from the graduate program.
  4. For Students Admitted on Academic Probation:
    A student who is on academic probation and does not maintain a "B" average for the first 12 hours selected by the advisor will be automatically removed from the graduate program.
  5. For Applicants Who Have Been Rejected for Admission:
    Before reapplying for a graduate program, an application must:
    (1) complete all required deficiencies and
    (2) repeat undergraduate courses to raise the GPA on the last 60 hours to 3.15 (on a 4.0 scale).
  6. Applications for the Industrial/Organizational Psychology graduate program are accepted throughout the year. However, for maximum consideration of financial aid, awards, and assistantship opportunities, students should have a completed graduate application submitted by March 1 (for a Fall Semester start date), or October 1 (for a Spring Semester start date). Students will be contacted about their admittance into the graduate program within one month upon the department's receipt of all required and completed graduate application materials.
  7. Accepted students should return their "Intent to Enroll" postcard in the program as soon as possible so they can make arrangements to meet with their assigned advisor.

  

Contact Us

To request additional information about the Industrial/Organizational Psychology graduate program please contact Joy Voss.