This program also:
Includes 66 credits (56 credits required, plus 6 elective credits and 4 Topical Seminar credits) designed to be taken over a two-year/seven-quarter or three-year/11-quarter sequence.
Allows electives to be fulfilled from any approved graduate courses.
Involves 8 to 12 credits per quarter for full-time students.
Requires a master’s project in which you apply your research skills within an organizational setting (to be completed in the final year of the program).
The master’s degree program is designed to meet industry standards for graduate programs in industrial-organizational psychology.
Our curriculum targets each area of competence suggested by the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP), which ensures that our graduates are fulfilling not only the expectations for master’s-level education but also fulfilling the expectations of experts working in the field.
Review targeted competencies in the master’s degree program.
For the 2017-18 academic year:
- The MA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology is $795 per credit.
- To graduate with the MA, you must complete 66 credits.
Review additional information about costs and financial aid.
Students are admitted and begin the program once a year and begin in Autumn Quarter.
Application deadline is December 15.
An admissions committee conducts the preliminary screening process. Admission depends upon recommendation by program faculty members and approval from the department chair.
This process is usually completed within 10 weeks after the final application deadline.
Admission requirements for the master’s degree
To apply, the following is required:
A bachelor's degree
- With a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 from a regionally accredited institution.
- Completion of an undergraduate level statistics course, from a regionally accredited institution, preferably in social sciences or business.
- Completion of at least two courses in psychology, from a regionally accredited institution. One course in business, political science, or sociology (completed at a regionally accredited institution) may be substituted for one of the two required psychology courses.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
- The test must have been administered within five years of the deadline date for application to the program.
- A combined score of 950 or 295 (new GRE) on the verbal and quantitative sections is preferred.
- A chance to highlight your educational and professional experiences.
- You may also choose to include a curricula vitae for a more detailed listing of your areas of interest and accomplishments regarding research, publications, presentations and awards.
Personal statement, typed and demonstrating writing and grammatical skills
- Addressing your career objectives and the rationale for seeking the degree and choosing SPU.
- Indicating your personal qualifications, experience, and other insights that you deem appropriate.
Three letters of recommendation
- One personal, one professional, and one academic — on the forms provided.
If you are an international student, in addition to the above admission requirements, you must also show:
- If English is not your first language, the minimum score required on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is either 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test.
Statement of financial support
- If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you must provide an official, confidential statement of financial support covering each year of intended enrollment.
Full application details are in the latest graduate catalog, including an explanation of how credit can be transferred.
You may be allowed to transfer up to 12 quarter units of graduate work from a regionally accredited institution.
You must provide applicable transcripts and/or syllabi for any courses you wish to transfer.
Each transferable course must be:
- At least three graduate quarter credits
- Equivalent to courses taught in SPU’s Industrial-Organizational Psychology programs
- Completed within seven years of admission
A minimum grade of “B” is required for transferred work. Submission of transfer credit petitions are accepted after formal admission to the program.