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4+1 Master of Industrial and Organizational Psychology

The program endeavors to instill professional skills through meaningful coursework, relevant research, and professional internships.

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. The 4+1 opportunity will allow candidates to begin graduate coursework immediately and save significant investment and time earning this prestigious degree.

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Degree Options

Students who choose to pursue the Thesis option as their culminating degree experience will work with faculty on research projects designed to match the student’s interest. This track is suited for those who plan to continue to a doctoral degree. Students who anticipate going directly into an applied position should choose the Internship option as it will better prepare them for strong performance in the corporate world.

Networking in the Field

Students primarily network through the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).  This organization has a strong online presence and a national conference every year.  Other opportunities are with the Society for Human Resource Managers (SHRM) and the Academy of Management.

Gaining Skills

Student will gain skills in analytical software, data analysis, survey development and administration, training and development, public speaking and presentations, and overall leadership.

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.

Specialized Academic Advisor

From the moment you enroll, the IO Program Director will be assigned as your secondary Academic Advisor to see you through your graduate experience from start to finish. Your advisors will help you develop an educational plan that matches your schedule and priorities.

Accelerated Program

Our program allows you to complete your degree and start your career sooner!

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

  • Completed Application (Students are encouraged to apply for admission during their Junior year).
  • Current Résumé
  • Professional Essay (Maximum of two single-spaced pages).
    1. Why are you interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology?
    2. Highlight your academic and/or professional experiences that may be relevant to your success in this graduate program.
    3. 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.
  • One letter of recommendation (academic reference preferred)
  • GPA of 3.0+ overall (cumulative)
  • MSIO Director Approval

Course Delivery

Hybrid

Courses are offered in a hybrid format, a combination of online and in-class meetings. One class will be offered on campus in the evening and one course will be offered online.

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

Students may take the following four classes within the 4+1 program: PSY 6100, PSY 6150, PSY 6200 and PSY 6250.

Program Costs

2023-2024

Any IO courses attempted in the fall or spring semesters before receiving the undergraduate degree will be charged at the traditional undergraduate full-time tuition rate. Any taken in a summer semester before receiving the undergraduate degree will be charged at the traditional undergraduate summer tuition rate. Graduate courses taken after the student receives their undergraduate degree will be billed at the current graduate IO program per credit hour rate.

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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What is IO 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.

What types of careers will I be prepared for with a degree in IO Psychology?

IO Psychologists work in various fields, including Human Resources, Training and Development and a variety of other positions in industry and academia, including non-profit organizations, religious institutions, military organizations, as well as large corporations.

Will this program prepare me for a PhD in a related field?

Toward the end of our MSIO program, students have the opportunity to choose an internship route or a thesis route.  The internship option will prepare the student to go to work in an IO-related field.  The thesis option is for students who are interested in preparing for a doctorate program.

How does the internship option work?

Our faculty have developed relationships with various employers in the Central Florida area that offer internships in the field of IO psychology.  In their second year of study, students will work with their program director to coordinate relevant internship experiences in an appropriate setting.

Online

IO Psychology Virtual Information Session

Adult & Grad Admissions

IO Psychology Virtual Information Session

Feb 21 10:30 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

Adult & Grad Admissions

IO Psychology Virtual Information Session

Mar 18 9:30 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

Adult & Grad Admissions

IO Psychology Virtual Information Session

Apr 17 4:00 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

Adult & Grad Admissions

IO Psychology Virtual Information Session

May 13 9:30 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

Abbey Bonet Abbey Bonet, M.H.Ed.

Assistant Director of Adult and Graduate Admission

 863.680.3090

 863.777.4434