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M.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

The field of Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology applies the science of psychology to the workplace. We study topics such as recruitment, selection, performance, leadership, training, motivation, job satisfaction, work-life interface, occupational health, and a global perspective on these topics.

Industrial-Organizational Psychology applies the science of psychology to the workplace.

Whether you are looking to join the workforce at the master's level or advance towards a doctoral degree, our Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (MSIO) provides a quality education at an affordable rate. Students in our program take an average of two years to complete the program with our 15-week fully online semesters that work with your schedule. 


This program consists of 34 credit hours (offered exclusively online) with curriculum adhering to SIOP's latest Guidelines for Master's Education and Training in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. For a sample degree plan and more information on courses, please visit our Academic Advising and Coursework pages. 

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The M.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (MSIO) program at APSU follows the Guidelines for Education and Training at the Master's Level provided by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). The program follows a scientist-practitioner model to prepare students to design, develop, implement, and evaluate psychological science-based organizational interventions.

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Each semester you will meet with your academic advisor, either face-to-face or virtually, to discuss your program of study, courses for the upcoming semester, progress toward degree completion, and answer questions you may have about your academic and professional endeavors. Your academic advisor has to "clear" you to register each semester, which happens at the time of your advising appointment.

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Admission to the MSIO Program is competitive and selective. Applicants who are admitted typically have a GPA of 3.0 or above. A variety of factors are taken into account in MSIO admissions, including all submitted materials and the number of available openings in the program.

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For tuition and fee information for the MSIO program, please visit APSU's Student Account Services (Bursar's) Office.

If you live in one of the 16 southern states participating in the Academic Common Market, you may also be eligible to participate in a tuition-savings program. To learn more, visit Academic Common Market.

Financial Aid

For information about student loans, work-study, and part-time employment opportunities, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid (includes Veterans Affairs).

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are awarded on the basis of undergraduate GPA, academic and/or professional recommendations, resumes, and interviews. MSIO Graduate Assistants (GAs) work 20 hours per week on campus, fully remote, or hybrid during the Fall and Spring semesters and receive a stipend. Working hours are flexible and are arranged around the GA's class schedule. MSIO GAships are are highly competitive and limited in number.

If you are interested in applying for one of these positions, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies' Graduate Assistantships page to read more and complete an application. 

  • Priority deadline for Fall semester GAs: April 1
  • Priority deadline for Spring semester GAs: November 1


Dorian Campbell
Dorian Campbell
Alumna, MSIO Program (2020)

Austin Peay's IO program gave me all the tools needed and nurtured my passion by providing real world project-based learning.
Ryan Owen MSIO program testimonial
Ryan Owens
Alumnus, MSIO Program (2020)

The supplemental material gave me the tools to think critically, and adapt concepts and ideas to real life applications.
Anna Richardson
Alumna, MSIO Program (2016)

The ability to advance my education in the field of psychology through distance learning was a major factor in choosing APSU’s I-O Master’s program.