Jun 23, 2024  
2022-23 Graduate Catalog 
2022-23 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Concentration, M.A.

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Patrick McCarthy, Coordinator
(615) 898-2126

The Department of Psychology  offers programs which lead to two graduate degrees: the Master of Arts with a major in Psychology and concentrations in Clinical, Experimental, Industrial/Organizational, Pre-Specialist in Education: School Psychology, and Quantitative Psychology and the Specialist in Education with a major in Curriculum and Instruction and concentration in School Psychology. The department also offers a minor at the graduate level.

The goal of the Industrial/Organizational (I/O) concentration is to produce professionals who are able to apply the science of psychology in business, industry, and government settings. The program is designed to prepare students for positions in human resource departments or consulting, or for entry into an I/O doctoral program.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to graduate study in Industrial/Organizational Psychology is competitive and not automatic for students meeting minimal admission requirements. Students are selected from a pool of qualified applicants. Each year the number of students admitted to the program depends on the availability of adequate faculty supervision.

In order to be considered for admission, candidates must meet the following standards: an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher and a minimum score of 141 on the quantitative measure of the Graduate Record Examination is expected for admission. Additionally, all applicants should have successfully completed an undergraduate course in statistics.

Applications for Summer/Fall admission must be complete by February 15 and applications for Spring admission must be complete by October 1. Late applicants who meet the admission criteria may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants to the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program must provide a letter of intent stating goals and objectives.

Students who do not meet admission requirements may be admitted as non-degree seeking. Students admitted as non-degree seeking must maintain a 3.25 GPA in their first semester (9 hours minimum) of required graduate courses in their concentration areas to be fully admitted to the program.

It is recommended that applicants have completed an introductory course in I/O Psychology before applying. Most applicants have completed 15 semester hours in the core areas of psychology prior to admission to the graduate program in Industrial/Organization psychology. Those applicants without 15 semester hours in core areas of psychology may be admitted to the program but must complete those credits at the undergraduate or graduate level. See additional requirements listed below.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php). Once this initial application has been accepted, the applicant will receive directions on how to enter the graduate portal to be able to submit other materials.
  2. submit official transcripts of previous college work;
  3. submit letter of interest/intent;
  4. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  5. submit three letters of recommendation;
  6. submit a resume’ or curriculum vitae.

For more information about application materials, please see www.mtsu.edu/programs/psychology-ma-io/.

NOTE 1: Admission to graduate study is competitive and not automatic for students meeting minimal admission requirements. Each year the number of students admitted depends on the availability of adequate faculty supervision.

NOTE 2: To be considered for graduate assistantships, student must submit additional material. Information is available at www.mtsu.edu/psychology/grad/assistantship.php.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts with an Industrial/Organizational concentration is designed as a 43-hour program for students who have demonstrated knowledge of the core areas of psychology prior to entering the Industrial/Organizational program.

Students must complete a minimum of 43 semester hours including at least 38 hours in psychology courses. Only 30 percent of the total number of hours may be dually listed (5000-level meeting in conjunction with 4000- or 3000-level) courses.

Candidate must

  1. successfully write and orally present a written thesis evaluated by a committee of psychology faculty in conjunction with PSY 6640;
  2. pass a written comprehensive examination prepared by the Industrial/Organizational faculty (may be taken no more than twice).

Curriculum: Psychology, Industrial/Organizational

The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements.

Electives (12 hours)

At least two of the following four courses must be among the electives selected:

Thesis (3 hours)

Additional Requirements (0-15 hours)

Students who lack one or more of the core areas of psychology will be required to complete additional coursework to fulfill the requirements listed below. Relevant courses offered at MTSU are listed in parentheses.

  1. introductory course in I/O psychology (PSY 3320);
  2. group measurement/testing (PSY 4260/PSY 5260 );
  3. abnormal psychology or personality (PSY 3230/PSY 5230 , PSY 3590, or PSY 6020 );
  4. learning or cognition (PSY 4040, PSY 4480/PSY 5480 , or PSY 6190 );
  5. social or developmental (PSY 2210, PSY 2300, PSY 4190, PSY 4210, PSY 4610/PSY 5610 , or PSY 6380 ).

Program Notes

Students must be able to meet the demands required for professional work in psychology. Therefore, students may be subject to dismissal from the Psychology Department if they (a) commit a serious breach of ethics or gross professional negligence or (b) present evidence of impaired psychological functioning that would present a danger to themselves or others in a professional role. Students who are dismissed may reapply and will be considered for readmission on a competitive basis. Students who reapply may be asked to provide evidence of improved ability to meet performance requirements.

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