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. Industrial and Organizational Psychology graduates are involved in many issues of critical importance to society including fairness in the selection and treatment of employees, the creation of work environments that maximize the satisfaction and productivity of employees, and the study of technological influences on human performance.
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
Thesis Option: 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.
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.
Students electing the non-thesis option are required to materially participate in the conduct of applied research. Students have 2 options: (1) participate in UCF Performance Solutions projects or (2) work one-on-one with a faculty member on a research project.
Students who elect to participate in UCF Performance Solutions will contribute to applied research activities with guidance from the Director of UCF’s Performance Solutions and I/O program faculty. By the end of the 4th semester of non-thesis research, students are minimally expected to have developed the top 10 competencies important for the application of research to the practice of I/O psychology as an “individual contributor,” as suggested by Zelin et al. (2015) and published by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Division 14 of the American Psychological Association). The 10 competencies include written communication, critical thinking, verbal communication, interpersonal skills, knowledge of validation principles, initiative, problem-solving, attention to detail, conscientiousness, and attention to detail. Students will keep a work diary of the number of hours, the client, the competency developed, and the nature of the work that they completed, with the expectation that they work approximately 10 hours per week for 4 semesters (typically Fall/Spring of the first year and Fall/Spring of the second year). Students will submit their work diaries to the Director of UCF’s Performance Solutions during finals week of each semester and will schedule a one-on-one developmental feedback and planning session with the Director of Performance Solutions. If the student conducted work under the supervision of an I/O program faculty member, the Director of Performance Solutions will consult with that faculty member regarding the student’s performance and incorporate his/her comments into the feedback. The feedback session will occur prior to the start of the next semester. Documentation of the feedback session will be placed in each student’s academic file. At the end of each semester, the Director of Performance Solutions will check off which of the 10 individual contributor competencies were developed and make recommendations for developing additional competencies in the next semester. Students who have received check marks in the Top 10 Individual Contributor competencies will pass the research requirement.
Students who elect to work one-on-one under the supervision of a faculty adviser will conduct library research, collect and analyze data, and prepare 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 must also receive approval of the work from their adviser and the Program Director.
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).
- 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.
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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.