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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.


Meet the Program Director for Industrial and Organiza­tional Psychology

February 16

Join us to learn more about our Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program here at FSC!

Apply today to start next term
Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Students are advised to submit applications as early as possible to assure optimal admission consideration.

Top Reasons to choose 4+1 Master of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at florida southern college

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.

Strong Faculty

The psychology department consists of a diverse group of published, research-oriented professionals who devote themselves to the mentorship of students. In addition to industrial and organizational psychology, our faculty members have expertise in the areas of experimental psychology, social behavior, gender diversity, law and human behavior, and legal and criminal psychology. Our professors are deeply committed to student success, academic excellence, and provide every student with positive, engaged learning experiences.

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!

Employment Outlook

Median salary for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in 2018.
Estimated job growth in the field of IO Psychology by 2028.

Dr. Joe Ligato
- Assistant Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Program Director

Our graduate program provides students with classes that cover ALL the core areas of IO psychology. Classes are created using a social constructivist orientation with the added elements of applied projects with a real-world impact, data analysis of actual organizations' data, and practical presentations designed for applied audiences. We also work closely with industry to make sure our program is preparing our graduates to be competitive not only for current jobs but also for the future needs of the workforce.

Read More about Dr. Joe LigatoMeet Our Faculty

Program Details


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.

  • Completed Application (Students are encouraged to apply for admission during their Junior year).
  • Current Résumé
  • Personal Statement of Professional Goals that reflects your interest in industrial and organizational (IO) psychology program and in our program, specifically. Your essay should not exceed 2000 words, and it should be organized in a well-written format that clearly addresses all of the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in the MS IO psychology program?
    • How do your interests in IO psychology relate to your career goals?
    • Describe any experiences that have prepared you for success in our program.
    • Explain how your knowledge, skills, and abilities align with our program and our program’s mission statement.
  • One letter of recommendation (academic reference preferred)
  • GPA of 3.0+ overall (cumulative)
  • Must have 93+ undergraduate credit hours completed at the start of the program.
  • MSIO Director Approval

Course descriptions are available in the academic catalog.

Academic Catalog

Required Courses - 33 hours

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

Florida Southern College reserves the right to revise fee schedules.


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

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.

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

*Tuition will be billed prior to the beginning of each semester based on credit hours. Tuition must be paid by the first day of class.

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Program Contact

Kimberly Smith

Admission Counselor and Advisor