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Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Obtain a Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology to Advance Your Career

The Industrial and Organizational (IO) Psychology degree provides you with a broad theoretical background in important processes that occur within different industries and organizations.

Through small class sizes, students participate in meaningful coursework that integrates engaged learning practices, faculty mentored research, professional internships, and captivating field experiences. You’ll be prepared and trained as an expert ready to take on careers in research, consultation, or even career coaching in the public or private sectors. Our program’s unique perspective to the industrial workforce brings value to various industries that seek IO psychologists to help improve productivity, increase efficiency, and promote team-building within an organization.

Top Reasons

Expert Faculty

Our faculty are highly published experts with significant practical experience.

Personalized Attention

You’ll get the individual attention needed to advance your career trajectory.

Flexible Schedule

Courses are offered in a combination of online and in-class formats that meet the needs of your busy schedule.

Choose Your Path

Within the curriculum, students may choose

either a thesis or internship option depending on your career goals.

STEM Optional Practice Training

The STEM OPT extension allows for 24 months of additional OPT employment authorization for students in specific STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Employment must be directly related to an F-1 student's program of study in an approved STEM field.

Meet Our Mocs

Adara Richter
Jessica Rodriguez
Nehu Bain
Rachel Hunt

Outstanding Faculty

The Psychology faculty are housed within the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Florida Southern College. Faculty contributors to the program consist of a diverse group of published, research-oriented professionals with expertise in human factors, organizational culture, leadership, research methods, statistics, industrial psychology, motivation, experimental psychology, and other areas of IO Psychology. Our professors are deeply committed to student success, academic excellence, and provide every student with positive, engaged learning experiences.

Mission Statement

The mission of the IO Psychology program is to prepare students for meaningful careers in the field through understanding and applying psychological principles to the workplace. The program seeks to engage students in academic and applied high impact learning experiences to enable students to make meaningful contributions to organized life. The program endeavors to instill professional skills through coursework, relevant research, and professional internships.

Innovative Engaged Teamwork Model

Each semester, students in the program will be assigned to small groups that work together across courses to complete group-based projects. The purpose of the group work is to give each student a chance to interact directly with cohort members and experience different work styles. Although the bulk of one’s responsibilities in each course involves independent work, every course will include a group project to ensure that students hone and develop important social skills necessary for the workplace. Students either meet in-person or virtually on their projects.

When the semester concludes, the group dissolves and new groups are formed for the following semester. In this way, students will get a chance to work with everyone in their cohort on an intensive basis creating a lifetime of connections (and friends!) along the way. Your group experiences are not just a great way to get to know your fellow classmates, they represent an applied laboratory for understanding fundamental principles of industrial and organizational psychology.

Victoria Lew, Ph.D.

Featured Faculty

Victoria Lew

The mission of the IO psychology graduate program is to train students to think critically and apply theory, research, and methods to organizations. More specifically, students will use these skills to enhance organizational performance and well-being, develop teams, and improve business outcomes within professional settings. Our goal is to recruit passionate students into our program and teach them the theoretical and practical foundations necessary for both meaningful and successful careers within the field.

Program Details

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcripts of all academic work
  • Current Résumé
  • Applicant must have an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution as verified by an official transcript of all undergraduate work completed with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall.
  • Recommendation Form or Letter of Reference (Academic or Work-Related Preferred)
  • Professional Essay (Maximum of two single-spaced pages).
    • Why are you interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology?
    • Highlight your academic and/or professional experiences that may be relevant to your success in this graduate program.
    • Discuss your academic strengths and weaknesses. How will these enhance or challenge your success as a graduate student? As the program at FSC is highly focused on a teaming model, please share your experiences contributing to teams in the past, whether in an educational, employment, or other setting.

Additional International Requirements

  • Official Translated Transcripts With Course By Course Evaluation**
  • Bank Letter Verifying Funds of Sponsor***
  • Sponsor's Guarantee Form
  • Valid Passport
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS Score****

** SpanTran (discount available), Academic Evaluation Services, Inc., Josef Silny, or World Education Services or another similar approved transcript evaluation agency.

*** A bank letter is a written statement on bank letterhead and signed by a bank official.

**** Must have completed an English language training program or at least one year at an English speaking institution to waive the TOEFL/IELTS testing requirement.


Additional Admission Requirements for IO Psychology

Completion of the following undergraduate courses (or approved equivalents) are preferred for admission into the IO program:

  • MAT 2022 Elementary Statistics
  • PSY 2206 Social Psychology
  • PSY 2210 Tests & Measurements
  • PSY 3310 Research Design & Statistics
  • PSY 3336 Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Course Delivery

Weeknight Hybrid

Students enjoy a convenient class schedule through a hybrid format. Each week, students attend two courses — one online and one on campus.

Curriculum

Required Courses - 33 hours

Course NumberCourse Name
PSY 6100Statistics and Research Methods I
PSY 6150Industrial Psychology
PSY 6200Statistics and Research Methods II
PSY 6250Organizational Psychology
PSY 6300Workplace Motivation
PSY 6350Personnel Selection
PSY 6400Training and Development
PSY 6450Leadership
PSY 6500Special Topics in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
PSY 6960/6961Internship in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
OR
PSY 6970/6971Thesis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Program Total - 33 hours

Program Costs

2023-2024

Base Required FeesCost
Tuition Per Credit Hour$800
Technology fee per semester is based on credit hours enrolled$30 to $120

$250 Non-Refundable Enrollment Deposit (Upon acceptance and applied toward your first semester tuition balance)

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How is this program different than other graduate programs in psychology?

Industrial and Organizational Psychology is the intersection of psychology, business, and computer science.  It studies emotions, cognition and behavior in the workplace.

Are online courses asynchronous?

This program includes an in-person course and an online course each semester.  There will be times when the online course has synchronous (scheduled) meeting times.

Online

IO Psychology Virtual Information Session

IO Psychology Virtual Information Session

Oct 9 12:00 PM

Join us for this virtual session to learn more about the field of IO Psychology as well as our IO program here at FSC.  Hear about the program plan and career forecast from your program director and learn from your admission counselor how to move forward to apply to our program!

Location: Online

Online

IO Psychology Virtual Information Session

IO Psychology Virtual Information Session

Nov 15 12:00 PM

Join us for this virtual session to learn more about the field of IO Psychology as well as our IO program here at FSC.  Hear about the program plan and career forecast from your program director and learn from your admission counselor how to move forward to apply to our program!

Location: Online

Program Contact

Kimberly Smith Kimberly Smith

Admission Counselor and Advisor

 863.680.3090

 863.777.4434