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Admission and Graduate Assistantship Information

Application Eligibility and Admission Information

Requirements and Documents for Application Eligibiity

The prerequisite for pursuing the M.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (MSIO) degree is 12 hours in psychology or related courses. The 12 hour credits may include, introduction to IO Psychology (APSU PSY 4500 Psychology Applied to Work), General Psychology, Social Psychology, Research Methods, Statistics, Measurement, Group Dynamics, Human Factors, Occupational Safety and Health Psychology, Cross-cultural Psychology, Learning and Motivation, Cognition, and Personality. Related courses from allied fields (management, public administration, sociology etc.) may be counted toward this 12 hour requirement. Those who have relevant and recent work experience may contact the program coordinator to see if any consideration toward this requirement would be possible.

Undergraduate faculty who instructed you and can verify your academic ability should complete your recommendation forms. If you are pursing the masters degree after a long gap in education letter of recommendation from a work supervisor/professional who can commend on your potential to successfully complete graduate education could be submitted.

Psychology Department Admission Policy

Psychology Department Graduate Program Admission Policy: Admission to the MSIO Program (and M.S. in Counseling Program (both Community Counseling and School Counseling concentrations) is competitive and selective. Admission to the College of Graduate Studies requires a minimum GRE verbal score of 350 (equivalent to the newer score of 140), a minimum GRE quantitative score of 350 (equivalent to a newer score of 140) , and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5. Meeting minimum admission standards, however, does not ensure that an applicant will be offered admission into a graduate program in psychology. Applicants who are admitted typically have a GPA of 3.0 or above and/or GRE scores that exceed the minimum scores required for admission to the College of Graduate Studies. Also applicants who are admitted have a higher score than the minimum required score. A variety of factors are taken into account in admissions including undergraduate GPA, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and number of available openings in the program of interest. All completed applications will be reviewed. Priority admission will be given to applicants whose files are completed and who meet admission requirements prior to Februaruy 1st for fall admission. 
The Psychology Department does not grant conditional admissions. Priority deadline is and March 1st for Fall admissions and November 1st for Spring admissions. This would mean that the review of applications begins on this date and will be ongoing. Later applications will be considered based upon openings. Applicants to the Department of Psychology must be formally admitted to the department before they can enroll in graduate classes.

Please submit the following application materials directly to the APSU College of Graduate Studies/Graduate Admissions, :

  • APSU Application for Graduate Admission
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE Scores applications, official transcripts, and official GRE scores

In addition, send the following application materials directly to the coordinator of the designated program:

  • Brief Personal Statement that addresses (1-2 pages max): 
    • Why you are interested in the field of I/O Psychology
    • Why you are interested in our program
    • relevant courses taken at the undergraduate level (especially readiness in terms of social science research methods and statistics)
    • Research or relevant work experience
    • Additional information (whether you would like to enroll part-time etc.) that will help us know more about your commitment to completing the degree program
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation

*Beyond the priority deadline (March. 1st for Fall admission and Nov. 1st for Spring admission), in order to expedite the decisions concerning admission to the IO Psychology Program, you may send unofficial copies of the GRE Scores using the form Unofficial GRE Score Reporting Form directly to the program coordinator preferably at (as an attachment) or by mail to the following address:

Dr. Uma J. Iyer, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology (Program Coordinator, Industrial/Organizational Psychology)
Department of Psychological Science and Counseling, P.O. Box 4537
Austin Peay State University
Clarksville TN 37044
Ph. :(931) 221 6331
Fax:(931) 221 6267

Admission Forms

Admission Decisions

The psychology department makes admission decisions from March 1t to July 31st for the Fall semester start and Nov. 1st-Dec. 31st for Spring semester start.

International Student Admission*

The APSU College of Graduate Studies handles all international student admissions. You must submit the following items well in advance of the semester for which you are seeking admission:

  • Applications and complete, certified copies of official transcripts, certificates, diplomas and degrees translated to English
  • Proof of proficiency in the English language. A paper-based score of 500 or a computer-based score of 173 on the TOEFL Examination is required of applicants whose native language is not English.
  • Evidence of financial resources sufficient to pay educational expenses.
  • Documentation of an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

If you are transferring to APSU from a foreign institution, you must provide a copy of a course-by-course equivalency review performed by an educational credentials agency.

* This program not available to International Students on F-1 or J-1 Visa

Graduate Assistantship Information

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