Industrial/Organizational Psychology

  • Program Description

    Industrial-Organizational psychology is projected to be the top growing job in America through 2022. It is also ranked as the number #2 in Best Science Jobs and #26 in Best STEM Jobs according to U.S. News. Industrial-Organizational psychology is an essential component to organizations because practitioners look for ways to improve workplace productivity, morale, occupational wellness, selection measures, training, leadership, and organizational development.

    Valdosta State University is the 19th ranked Master’s level I/O psychology program in the country. The goal of this applied program is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities in order to contribute and bring value to the rapidly growing field of Industrial-Organizational psychology. We encourage students to learn inside and outside the classroom as our program strongly encourages students to become a member of SHRM, Azalea Consulting Services, and the Research Lab. Last but not least, all of our students currently enrolled in the program have a graduate assistantship which comes with a tuition waiver and monthly stipend.

    Since the inception of the I-O Program at VSU in 1984, our students have had a high success rate in acquiring jobs in human resources, research, and human capital. Part of the success of our students can be attributed to the opportunities provided by on-site practicum experiences. Students have landed internships with local, regional, national, and international organizations in manufacturing, consulting, health care, civil service, banking, and government contracting.

  • Admission Requirements

    NOTE: The priority deadline for admission is April 1st. Applications received by this date each year will be given priority (applicants after the 1st will still be reviewed as space is available). Feel free to contact us now if you have questions or simply begin your application!

    Regular Admission

    To be considered for regular admission, the following criteria must be met:

    1. B.S. or B.A. in Psychology (or Equivalent)
    An undergraduate degree in psychology or in a related field, with a minimum of 15 semester-hours in specific psychology courses. Appropriate courses include (a) General Psychology, (b) Statistical Methods in Psychology, (c) Experimental Psychology, (d) Tests and Measurements, and (e) one additional junior/senior level psychology course.

    2. Undergraduate GPA (3.0+) and GRE scores (Verbal: 153+, Quantitative: 145+)
    GPA is calculated on all work attempted in which letters were awarded. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GRE-Verbal score of 153 and a minimum GRE-Quantitative score of 145.

    3. Three Letters of Recommendation
    These professional recommendations must come from writers who can address the applicant’s academic ability, career interests, motivation, and potential to successfully complete the program of study. At least two of the letters should come from current or former college professors/instructors.

    4. Personal Goal Statement
    A written personal goal statement of no more than 250 words describing the student’s relevant vocational and academic experience and the student’s academic and career goals. The statement must demonstrate articulation, writing skill, and goals consistent with the mission of the degree program.

    Probationary Admission

    To be considered for probationary admission, the following criteria must be met:

    a. Undergraduate GPA (3.0+) and GRE scores (Verbal: 145+, Quantitative: 141+)


    b. Undergraduate GPA (2.75+) and GRE scores (Verbal: 153+, Quantitative: 145+)

  • Program of Study

    Each student is required to complete 45 semester-hours for the Master of Science degree in I-O Psychology. These requirements include 6 credit hours of on-site practicum experience. Completion of a master’s thesis is optional, but recommended for those preparing for doctoral study. Classes are also rotated each year, allowing part-time students to graduate while working full time.

    Required Courses (36 hours)

    • PSYC 5800 Introduction to I/O Psychology
    • PSYC 7600 Personnel Selection 
    • PSYC 7610 Performance Appraisal       
    • PSYC 7690 Professional Issues in I-O Psychology  
    • PSYC 7670 Social Psychology 
    • PSYC 8000 Research Design and Analysis                    
    • PSYC 8350 Psychology of Motivation     
    • PSYC 8360 Human Resource Development           
    • PSYC 8370 Human Factors Psychology   
    • PSYC 8400 Employment Law for Personnel Practices     
    • PSYC 7961 I/O Psychology Practicum I 
    • PSYC 7962 I/O Psychology Practicum II    

    Guided Electives (9 hours)

    Students will select elective classes from various areas, such as Instructional Technology, Public Administration, Business Administration, and Psychology.

    * If a student has taken Introduction to Industrial Organizational Psychology in undergraduate coursework, the required PSYC 5800 Introduction to Industrial Organizational Psychology will be replaced with 3 hours of guided electives.

    Prefix Number Name
    Fall Offerings Credits
    1st Year Cohort PSYC 7690 Professional Issues in I/O Psychology 3
    PSYC 8000 Research Design and Analysis 3
    PSYC 8380 EEO Law 3
    PSYC 5800 I/O Psychology or Guided Elective 3
    2nd Year Cohort PSYC 7610 Performance Appraisal 3
    PSYC 8350 Motivation 3
    PSYC N/A Graduate Elective 3
    PSYC 7961 I-O Psychology Practicum I 3
    Spring Offerings
    1st Year Cohort PSYC 7670 Social Psychology 3
    PSYC 7600 Personnel Selection 3
    PSYC 8370 Human Factors 3
    PSYC N/A Graduate Elective 3
    2nd Year Cohort PSYC 8360 Human Resource Development 3
    PSYC 7962 I-O Psychology Practicum II 3
    PSYC N/A Graduate Elective 3
    Total Hours: 45
  • Scholarship Opportunities

    Graduate Assistantships

    Graduate students can work for professors on campus for 14-20 hours per week in exchange for a tuition waiver and monthly stipend. Currently, ALL of our I-O students have an assistantship. Please let us know in your application if you are interested in an assistantship.

    Vicky Lynne Foshee Scholarship

    This scholarship was created to honor the memory of Vicky Lynne Foshee, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Donald P. Foshee.  Its value is approximately $1,100.  Criteria for application include the following:

    • The recipient must be a graduate student enrolled in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program at VSU.
    • The recipient must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.  (It may be renewed for a second year if the recipient is making appropriate progress toward his/her degree.) 
    • The recipient must demonstrate financial need.
    • Interested applicants should submit the application.  Please fill in the appropriate information, print the application, attach the requested documentation, and deliver the packet to Dr. Phil Gunter in the Dean’s Office in the College of Education; Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA  31698.  Only complete application packets will be considered.
  • Additional Resources

    • SIOP - Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology
    • SEPA - Southeastern Psychological Association
    • SHRM - Society for Human Resource Management
    • VSU SHRM - VSU Student SHRM Chapter
    • I-O Careers - Occupational Information Network (O*NET)

    For more information, contact Jeremy Bauer: