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.
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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
- PSY 6216C Research Methodology (4 credit hours)
- PSY 6308C Psychological Testing (4 credit hours)
- PSY 6318 Recruitment,
Placement and Selection (3 credit hours)
- INP 6072 Survey Research
Methods and Program Evaluation in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3
- SOP 5059 Advanced Social Psychology (3 credit hours)
Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours
- INP 6971 (6 credit
Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours
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)
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.
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 LearningStudents electing the thesis option are expected to conduct independent research. Students electing the nonthesis option are expected to materially participate in the conduct of research under the supervision of a faculty adviser and in the preparation of a research report.
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
- 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
Acceptance decisions are made only in the spring semester for
admission in the fall of each year.
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*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.