Master of Arts in Psychology [Industrial/Organizational]

Program Director: Dr. Patrick McCarthy
Jones Hall 318
Graduate Analyst: Anita Hermes

The Department of Psychology  offers the Master of Arts with a major in Psychology and concentrations in Clinical, Experimental, Industrial/Organizational, and Quantitative Psychology. The department also offers a minor at the graduate level.

What is Industrial/Organizational Psychology? Industrial/Organizational (I/O) psychologists apply the science of psychology in business, industry, and government settings. They often work in human resources departments or sometimes as consultants. I/O psychology is a very diverse field, with specialty areas including recruitment and selection of employees, training, job analysis, compensation, performance measurement and evaluation, leadership, workplace attitudes, organizational development, and more. I/O psychologists improve the quality of people's lives at work and increase their motivation, satisfaction, and productivity. The employment outlook for I/O psychology has continued to grow, and a master's degree provides good career opportunities.

MTSU offers one of the top master's programs in the country for I/O psychology. The main emphasis of the program is to produce professionals who are capable of applying their I/O psychology knowledge to real-world organizations.

The program offers a wide range of courses designed to prepare students for positions in human resource departments or consulting or for entry into an I/O doctoral program. There is an emphasis on going beyond the classroom and providing students direct experience in I/O through hands-on work with real clients. This experience gives students the opportunity to translate classroom knowledge into practical application, making them more attractive to potential employers after graduation.

The I/O mater's program provides strong theoretical and scientific grounding as well, giving successful students the professional flexibility and adaptability they need to evaluate new approaches and distinguish between fad and innovation. However, theory alone is not enough to prepare students for the practical challenges of the real world. The program's applied approach to the study of I/O psychology integrated with multiple work experiences is instrumental in preparing students to face the practical challenges that arise in organizations.

Admission to the program is competitive, and enrollment is kept at a level that allows the faculty to work closely with each student. The program requires two years of full-time study including at least one summer. Most classes occur during the daytime weekday hours. The curriculum includes courses in all major areas of I/O psychology and meets the guidelines suggested by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. The program is rigorous, but faculty members and administrators strive to promote a positive, student-centered climate. A large majority of student successfully complete the program, and graduates are well prepared for professional careers. The placement rate in career-relevant jobs has typically been close to 100 percent for program graduates. They work in a variety of organizations ranging from large Fortune 100 companies to medium and small businesses to government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to the Master of Arts in Psychology [Industrial/Organizational] program, a student must submit the following to the College of Graduate Studies:

  • Online application and appropriate application fee
  • Official transcript of all colleges, universities (including business and technical schools). If the transcripts are issued from an international (non-US) institution, a course-by course analysis is required. Original non-US transcripts should be submitted directly to the evaluation service.
  • Official Test Scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Letter of intent/interest
  • Current Resume (optional but preferred)
  • Three letters of recommendation


Submit Application Materials to:

College of Graduate Studies
MTSU Box 42
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Test Codes for Middle Tennessee State University:
INFS - 6ZR-KJ-37
MBA (Full-time) - 6ZR-KJ-25
MBA (Part-time) - 6ZR-KJ-52
GRE 1466
MAT 1751
Praxis 1466
TOEFL 1466