students walking

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.

Online

Online Info Session for Industrial and Organiza­tional Psychology

November 9

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 30, 2022

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

Top Reasons to choose Industrial and Organizational Psychology at florida southern college

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.

Employment Outlook

$97,260
Median salary for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in 2018.
14%
Estimated job growth in the field of IO Psychology by 2028.

Mission Statement

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 meaningful coursework, relevant research, and professional internships.

Featured IO Psychology Faculty

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

Weeknight Hybrid

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

  • 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)
  • Personal statement 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:
    1. Why are you interested in the MS IO psychology program?
    2. How do your interests in IO psychology relate to your career goals?
    3. Describe any experiences that have prepared you for success in our program.
    4. Explain how your knowledge, skills, and abilities align with our program and our program’s mission statement.
 

4+1 Admission Requirements

  •  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

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.

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
OR  
PSY 6970/6971 Thesis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Program Total - 33 hours

Florida Southern College reserves the right to revise fee schedules.

2020-2021

Base Required Fees Cost
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)

*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.

Related Materials

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program is designed for students who have a desire to understand human behavior in the work place and within organizations.

For which types of careers will the program prepare me?

IO Psychologists work as human resources managers, as management consultants, as training and development managers and as IO Psychologists in the public and private sector.

What types of corporations employ IO Psychologists?

Many corporations employ IO professionals, such as Deloitte, The Walt Disney Company, the Federal Reserve, Tesla, National Security Agency, the United States Military, the CIA, Lockheed Martin, Facebook and Disney.

What if I want to continue to a doctorate degree in this field? How can I best prepare?

Toward the end of the IO program, students can choose either the internship or thesis option. The internship course prepares students to enter the workforce upon graduation, where the thesis option is better suited for graduates who would like to pursue research and further their education at the doctorate level.

How long is the program?

Our program is 33 credit hours, or five semesters.

Program Contact

Kimberly Smith

Admission Counselor and Advisor
 863.680.3090
863.777.4434