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 includes 34 hours (offered exclusively online) and may be completed in less than two years, depending on certain factors (e.g., admission semester and milestone path). For more information on these factors, please visit our Academic Advising page. The program was developed in accordance with SIOP's Guidelines for Master's Education and Training in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.
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.
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.
Admission to the MSIO Program is competitive and selective. 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. A variety of factors are taken into account in MSIO admissions, including all submitted
materials and the number of available openings in the program.
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.
For information about student loans, work-study, and part-time employment opportunities, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid (includes Veterans Affairs).
Graduate Assistantships are awarded on the basis of undergraduate GPA, GRE scores, recommendations from former professors, resumes, and interviews. Graduate Assistants (GAs) work 20 hours per week on campus during the Fall and Spring semesters and receive a stipend. Working hours are flexible and are arranged around the GA's class schedule.
GA positions are further broken down into categories: Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) and Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs). Either type of position typically entails some degree of teaching and research assistance, though one may be emphasized more than the other (most of the MSIO GAs serve as GTAs). 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
Austin Peay's IO program gave me all the tools needed and nurtured my passion by providing real world project-based learning.
The supplemental material gave me the tools to think critically, and adapt concepts and ideas to real life applications.
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.