Industrial and Organizational Psychology MS

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College : Sciences Degree :MS
Department : Psychology Option : Thesis, Nonthesis
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The Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology  program focuses on the application of psychological principles to organizations and emphasizes the major areas of selection and training of employees, applied theories of organizational behavior including models of motivation, job satisfaction, and productivity; test theory and construction; assessment center technology; statistics and experimental design and a variety of current topics.


The MS degree program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology is a four-semester program for full-time students. Both thesis and nonthesis options are offered and both consist of a minimum of 38 semester hours of work.

The MS degree is conferred when students have fulfilled the requirements of either the thesis or nonthesis option. No graduate credit will be given for any grade lower than a B- (2.75), but the grade will be counted toward the GPA. Courses may be retaken to achieve a better grade; however, the unsatisfactory grade will remain on the transcript since there is no grade forgiveness at the graduate level. In order to stay in good academic standing, students must maintain a minimum Graduate Status GPA of 3.0 in all coursework taken since entering graduate status and a 3.0 in their program of study.

Total Credit Hours Required:
38 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—32 Credit Hours

  • INP 6058 Job Analysis and Performance Appraisal (3 credit hours)
  • INP 6215 Assessment Centers and Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • INP 6317 Work Motivation and Job Attitudes (3 credit hours)
  • INP 6605 Training and Team Performance (3 credit hours)
  • INP 6080 Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 6216C Research Methodology (4 credit hours)
  • PSY 6308C Psychological Testing (4 credit hours)
  • INP 6318 Recruitment, Placement and Selection (3 credit hours)
  • INP 6072 Survey Research Methods and Program Evaluation in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • SOP 5059 Advanced Social Psychology (3 credit hours)

Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours

  • INP 6971 (6 credit hours)

Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours

Restricted Electives—6 Credit Hours 

Students will consult with their adviser to choose two of the three courses from the following list.

  • INP 6933 Seminar in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • INP 6945C Industrial Psychology Practicum (3 credit hours)
  • INP 6091 Industrial and Organizational Psychology Consulting Practice (3 credit hours)

Professional Requirement

Students electing the nonthesis option are required to produce a professional LinkedIn profile to showcase both their research and applied project work. A minimum of 3 applied projects must be included and can be generated from work completed in the Practicum, Consulting Practice, Seminar, or other applied practice classes (e.g., Assessment Centers and Leadership). Students are expected to document work from settings in private industry, federal, state, or local government, educational institutions, or consulting firms. The LinkedIn profile will be evaluated jointly by the faculty adviser and the program director.

    Independent Learning

    Students electing the nonthesis option are required to materially participate in the conduct of research under the supervision of a faculty adviser and in the preparation of a research report of sufficient quality to submit for publication or presentation at a professional conference. Students must provide their manuscript and documentation of submission to a journal, conference, or book editor via Webcourses@UCF

    Students in the nonthesis option may choose to complete a Practicum as part of their restricted electives. Practicum assignments serve to provide the student with experience in an applied setting while also aiding the organization in which the practicum occurs to meet some specific project need. Practicum possibilities generated by the Industrial and Organizational Psychology faculty and students may involve settings in private industry, federal, state, or local government educational institutions, or consulting firms. Practicum assignments involve one-semester commitments ranging from 12 to 15 hours per week on the part of the student. Depending on the nature of the assignment, this time may be distributed in a variety of ways among the organization, library, field work, etc. Practicum placements are initiated with a behavioral agreement between the graduate student and the organization. Behavioral agreements and performance objectives are jointly decided by the supervising faculty member, the organization representative, and the student. Full-time students are typically assigned practicum projects for the fall or spring terms of their second year.

    Application Requirements

    For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

    In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

    • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
    • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
    • A bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology or allied area, or a baccalaureate degree with the completion of undergraduate courses in statistics and research methods, and preference of four additional upper-division psychology courses (12 credit hours).
    • Résumé.
    • Goal statement.
    • Three letters of recommendation, with at least two furnished by college or university professors who are acquainted with the applicant.

    Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant's abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this program and faculty expertise to the applicant's career/academic goals, and the applicant's potential for completing the degree.

    Acceptance decisions are made only in the spring semester for admission in the fall of each year.

    Application Deadlines

    Industrial and Organizational Psychology MS *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
    Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jan 15



    International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15



    International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Jan 15



    *Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


    Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


    Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.