Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (MSIO)
The Department of Psychology at Austin Peay offers a Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (MSIO) online degree program through the Austin Peay State University Clarksville campus.
The field of industrial-organizational psychology is centered on understanding work from a psychological perspective. Through the program, students are trained in I-O psychology theories and research methods, studying application in work settings such as industry and government. Students develop expertise in a variety of areas, including personnel selection, training and development, performance appraisal, motivation, team performance and leadership.
Studies in this field allow students to apply knowledge about psychology to organizations, contributing to the success of organizations by improving employee performance and wellbeing.
The Industrial Organizational Psychology program is offered completely online and courses are offered on a fall and spring semester schedule on the Clarksville Campus. The priority application deadlines are March 1 for fall terms and November 1 for spring terms.
Required Application Materials
- Application for admission
- $45 application fee
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended
- Three letters of recommendation
- Brief personal statement (1-2 pages) - The Personal Statement should address the following
- Why are you interested in the field of I/O Psychology?
- Why are you interested in our program?
- Your personal statement should also list:
- Relevant courses have you taken at the undergraduate or graduate level in terms of social science research, methods, and statistics
- Relevant research or work experience
- Additional information (e.g. would you rather study part-time or full-time) that will help the committee know your commitment to completing the degree program
- Official acceptable GRE scores
- Military documents, if applicable
- Admission decision by department
The Industrial–Organizational Psychology program semesters through the APSU Clarksville campus requirements:
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5
- Bachelor’s degree, conferred in any field (with 12 credit hours of Psychology or equivalent courses)
- Receipt of admission from the I-O Psychology department selection committee
Admission to the I-O Psychology program is competitive and selective. Applicants who are admitted typically have a GPA of 3.0 or above and/or GRE scores of 140 or above for the quantitative section and 146 or above for the Verbal section. All documents are reviewed during the consideration process. Priority admission will be given to applicants whose files are completed and who meet admission requirements prior to March 1st for fall admission and November 1st for spring admission. Later applications will be considered if there are spots open after March 1st or November 1st.
Letters of recommendation should come from undergraduate faculty who instructed you and can verify your academic ability. If you are pursing the master's degree after a long gap in education, a letter of recommendation from a work supervisor/professional who can comment on your potential to successfully complete graduate education could be submitted.
International Admission Requirements
To view graduate programs available to international students, refer to the Graduate Programs for International Students page on the College of Graduate Studies website. Dependent upon program and/or visa status, additional graduate admission requirements must be met. Please refer to the Admission Requirements for International Students page on our website for detailed information and forms that may be required. All admission documents must be received and processed before selection committee review.
Regular Admission will be granted to applicants who have met all entrance requirements. To be granted conditional admission, unofficial transcripts and entrance exam scores may be submitted until the official documents are received by Graduate Admissions. If official documents are not received as prescribed in the current Graduate Bulletin all classes will be dropped. Denied admission status will be granted to applicants who do not meet the regular or conditional criteria for admission to the program.