M.S. in I/O Psychology

The UTA 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.

Our M.S. program was designed in accordance with the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and 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. Here is the program of suggested coursework and MS Degree Plan.

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 the 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 research and an applied focus thus our program encompasses a holistic view of I/O.


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.


I/O Faculty

More information about the I/O faculty can be found here.


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 website for more information: www.TheI-OCenter.com.


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 a recent 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. Applicants meeting the following criteria will be given priority during the admission process:

  1. Applicants must have and maintain an overall GPA of 3.2, with at least a 3.4 average in undergrad psychology courses.
  2. Applicants must take the GRE and earn a total score of at least 297 (with minimum scores of 151 on the verbal and 146 on the quantitative). Only scores submitted by ETS directly to UTA are acceptable.
  3. An applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate a sufficient level of skill with the English language to assure success in graduate studies. This requirement will be waived for non-native speakers of English who possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution. Applicants are expected to submit a score of at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, a score of at least 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, a minimum score of 40 on the TSE, a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL IBT total score of 79. Further, When the TOEFL IBT is taken, sectional scores of at least 22 on the writing section, 21 on the speaking section, 20 on the reading section, and 16 on the listening section are preferred. However, admission to any graduate program is limited and competitive. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance and programs may give preference to students with higher scores. Only scores submitted directly by ETS or IELTS to UTA are acceptable.


Students not meeting this criteria may still be considered if the meet all of the general admissions requirements of the Graduate School. Admission is competitive and meeting the admission requirements will not ensure acceptance in the program. Students are admitted only in fall semesters. It is recommended that applicants complete all steps of the application process on or before our departmental deadline of December 15.

Please note that this deadline is different from the general university application deadline. 

It is the student’s responsibility to adhere to departmental deadlines to ensure timely processing and review of their application. However, applications may still be reviewed beyond this date with consent of the I/O graduate faulty advisor.


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 UTA’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 multimedia 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:

UTA Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships


See the Psychology Department Handbook and UTA Graduate Catalog for other degree requirements.