Industrial and Organizational Psychology Master's Program

Industrial and Organizational Psychology Master's Program

Graduate Advisor: Dr. Paul Paulus

The University of Texas at Arlington's Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology program is intended for students who wish to pursue careers as I/O professionals. We currently offer both a Master’s of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis in I/O and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with a specialization in I/O. Our Master’s program focuses on developing applied skills, offering professional training to those not wishing to pursue doctoral studies. For those students wishing to continue their graduate education, the doctoral program integrates both theory and science and heavily emphasizes empirical research and quantitative skills. Requirements for both programs are demanding and admission is extremely competitive.

I/O Master’s Program

I/O Faculty

Our M.S. program was designed in accordance with the

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)

Guidelines for Education and Training at the Master's Level in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Our program provides a non-thesis degree option as well as the option of completing a Master's thesis. All students automatically enter the program under the non-thesis option. The program of suggested course work is outlined below:

M.S. in I/O Psychology Curriculum (41 credit hours) 

*Pending university approval 




Year 1

  • PSYC 5325 – Organizational Behavior
  • PSYC 5405 – Advanced Statistics 1
  • PSYC 5322 – Social Psychology
  • PSYC 5326 – Employee Selection
  • PSYC 5407 – Experimental Design
  • PSYC 5327 – Industrial and Organizational Internship

Year 2

  • PSYC 5330 – Advanced Employee Training & Development
  • PSYC 6349 – Psychometric Theory
  • Restricted Elective*
    or PSYC 5698 – Thesis
  • PSYC 5342 – Leadership in Organizations
  • PSYC 5343 – Electronic Human Resource Management
  • PSYC 5391 – Individual Research 
    or PSYC 5698 – Thesis
  • Restricted Elective*

*Restricted Electives (6 credits required for non-thesis track students; 3 credits required for thesis track students):

  • MANA 5322 – Compensation and Benefits
  • MANA 5327 – Human Resource Law
  • MANA 5329 – HR Metrics & Analytics
  • MANA 5332 – Diversity in Organizations
  • MANA 5344 – Evidence-based Practice
  • MANA 6348 – Seminar in Human Resources
  • MARK 6302 – Consumer Behavior I
  • BSAD 6311 – Advanced Research Methods and Experimental Design
  • Other courses upon approval

A Master's degree with a specialization in I/O psychology is necessary for persons seeking a position as an I/O professional. Our program enables students to earn this credential and effectively compete for employment. I/O professionals work in a number of different areas that are crucial to the success of modern businesses and industries. The ability of I/O professionals to meet these needs grows from training that enables them to apply psychological principles and research methods in the workplace. Our program provides course work in experimental design, quantitative methods, applied psychological topics, and management theory. This training enables our graduates to be strong competitors for employment and perform effectively in the workplace.

The I/O program is dedicated to promoting the connection between science and practice. We do this by providing a curriculum that balances between a research and an applied focus thus our program encompasses a holistic view of I/O.

I/O Psychology Faculty
Dr. Paul Paulus, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and I/O Program Director
Dr. Paulus has done extensive research on group and team creativity and innovation. He has conducted a number of workshops on these issues and can facilitate applied projects with organizations in these areas. He is also an expert on environmental design. He has consulted in the past with a number of national and international organizations on both environmental design and innovation processes.

Primary Research Areas:

• Creativity and innovation
• Group processes

Dr. Nicolette Hass, Professor of Practice of Psychology, Director of The I/O Center
Dr. Hass is currently directing the I/O internship center, which is dedicated to connecting the I/O MS program and the local business community. Faculty and graduate students associated with The Center have collaborated with organizations on projects such as employee attitudes assessment, organizational change implementation, performance management system improvement, and leadership training and development.

Past Collaborators:

• Dallas County Medical Reserve Corps
• Tarrant County Mental Health Services
• CompuCom
• Service-Disable Veteran-Owned Small Business

Dr. Amber Schroeder, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Schroeder’s primary research interests are in the area of technology use in organizational settings. Her research focuses on the implications of organizational online social media use, with further interests in the occurrence of both prosocial and anti-social employee behaviors using a virtual medium. She has also conducted research on employee personality and individual culture. In addition, Dr. Schroeder has worked with various organizations on projects related to employee training, selection tool validation, and organizational policy development.

Primary Research Areas:

• Employee and organizational technology use
• Prosocial and antisocial employee behavior
• Personality and individual culture

Dr. Kelsey Medeiros, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Medeiros’ research focuses on complex problem-solving in organizations. Specifically, her work explores environmental and individual influences on ethical decision making and creative problem-solving. Additionally, she is interested in micro level influences on corporate social responsibility. Dr. Medeiros has worked with several national and international organizations on HR-related issues including Hogan Assessment Systems and NBC Universal. Additionally, Dr. Medeiros has trained nearly 700 early-career professionals in professional ethics.

Primary Research Areas:

• Organizational ethics and ethical decision making
• Creativity and innovation
• Corporate social responsibility

Research Focus

All students in the program will be required to conduct research related to I/O psychology. This involves finding relevant research articles and source information, running statistical analyses and presenting the results in both written and oral format. The knowledge that students acquire performing research in graduate school will prepare them for the projects, responsibilities, and expectations of businesses and consultants. Students in the program are encouraged to present research at conferences and publish research in journals.

Applied Focus

The students in our program have the opportunity to be involved with a student-staffed consulting organization, The Industrial and Organizational Psychology Center. The Center was established in 2012 as an alternative mode with which to increase the knowledge base of the I/O students. By providing students the opportunity to acquire relevant field experience and to network with local organizations, The Center serves as an excellent teaching tool in the development of I/O-related competencies, as well as a mechanism to develop sustainable working relationships with organizations. Helping to “bridge the gap” between scientist and practitioner is one of The Center’s main goals. Students are also welcome to pursue their own internships outside of The Center.

A Strategic Location

The DFW Metroplex is home to thousands of corporate headquarters. Some of the largest Fortune 500 corporations in the world are located here such as Exxon Mobil, AT&T, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Texas Instruments, and Kimberly-Clark. In fact, the Dallas-Plano-Irving area was recently ranked No. 1 by Forbes magazine as America’s Best City for Jobs. Organizations from a variety of industries have partnered with us and have provided students with internships and field experience including Leadership Worth Following, Assess Systems, Insala, PepsiCo, 7-Eleven, Baylor Health Care, the Dallas County Medical Reserve Corps, and the Mental Health Association of Tarrant County. The Center facilitates the connection with our program to this vibrant business community. By sharing knowledge, providing research-based solutions, and helping students gain experience in the field, The Center generates a continual dialogue between business and science. Please visit The Center’s Web site for more information:

Career Opportunities

Many career opportunities exist for I/O professionals. Some individuals are hired by organizations as internal specialists while others are hired as external consultants. I/O professionals contribute to the success of businesses and industries in many different ways. They are involved in research on strategies for improving productivity, on issues concerning product marketing, or in developing employee screening, hiring and retention practices. They may also be involved in employee training and development. The modern marketplace has put pressure on businesses and industries to optimize productivity and improve the quality of work life. Additionally, competition among organizations to obtain and retain the ablest employees has increased dramatically. I/O professionals who can design, implement and evaluate efforts aimed to meet these challenges are in demand. According to the 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the employment opportunities for I/O professionals should continue to grow in the foreseeable future.

Admission to the Program

The I/O psychology faculty will evaluate potential candidates for the program. The minimal requirements for admission include the following: 1) students must have and maintain an overall grade point average of at least 3.2, with at least a 3.4 average in undergraduate psychology courses, and 2) students must take the GRE and earn a score of at least 297 (with scores of at least 153 on the verbal and 144 on the quantitative sections). Students not meeting these criteria may be considered if they meet all of the general admissions requirements of the Graduate School. Admission is competitive, and meeting the minimum requirements will not ensure acceptance in the program. Students are only admitted in the fall semester. It is recommended that applicants complete all steps of the application process on or before February 1; however, applications will continue to be reviewed upon completion past this date.

Graduate Student Resources

The I/O psychology graduate students are assigned office space that is equipped with computers and Internet access. Graduate students participating in research have access to UT Arlington’s Industrial and Organizational Psychology Research Lab (The I/O Lab). I/O psychology graduate students also have keyed access to departmental undergraduate and graduate computer labs. The University has additional computer laboratory facilities open to all students at locations across campus. Students in the I/O psychology graduate program study and conduct graduate research in a department that makes every effort to help students develop their knowledge and skill in basic or applied areas to their fullest potential.

The Psychology Department uses modern audiovisual technology in the classroom and is equipped with computer facilities for undergraduate and graduate research. There is an in-house multi media lab available to graduate students and faculty for the preparation of research and coursework presentations.

Assistantship Opportunities

Department assistantships and fellowships are NOT currently available for students in the I/O Psychology M.S. program. Students in the M.S. program may be eligible for scholarships, loans or may find paid internship opportunities with local businesses.

Other opportunities for financial assistance include:

McNair Scholars Program

UT Arlington’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

See the Psychology Department Handbook and UT Arlington’s Graduate Catalog for other degree requirements.