Program Requirements

The industrial/organizational psychology graduate track at Missouri State is a 47-hour program that can be completed in two years, if you maintain full-time student status. You must maintain a 3.25 GPA and make adequate progress toward completing your degree to remain in the program. For a detailed listing of psychology courses, review the Courses Offered by Psychology.

Core course requirements (21 credit hours)

  • PSY 745 - Statistics and Research Design (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 750 - Advanced Survey of Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 752 - Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 761 - Ethics and Professional Issues (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 780 - Social Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 796 - Practicum (6 credit hours)

I/O track required courses (21 credit hours)

  • PSY 716 - Personnel Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 718 - Organizational Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 798/699 - Internship/Thesis (6 credit hours)

Plus at least 3 courses from the following:

  • PSY 753 - Program Evaluation (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 771 - Occupational Health (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 772 - Performance Assessment (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 773 - Human Factors (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 774 - Training and Development (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 776 - Personnel Selection (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 778 - Group Processes (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 715 - Topics in I/O Psychology (3-9 credit hours)

Electives (at least 5 credit hours)

You may complete at least 5 credit hours of electives from the areas of psychology, management and communication. Graduate courses from other departments may be considered at the discretion of the industrial/organizational graduate committee.


  • PSY 608 Behavior Change & Management
  • PSY 779 Advanced Topics in I/O Psychology
  • COU 652 Career Development


  • MGT 646 Compensation
  • MGT 766 Problems in Human Resources
  • RIL 531 Labor Law & Employment Discrimination


  • COM 724 Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 732 Small Group Communication
  • COM 736 Organizational Communication

Comprehensive examination

In addition to completing the above coursework, you must pass a written comprehensive examination before a degree will be granted. Comprehensive exams are typically taken at the beginning of your fourth semester. You must have completed statistics and research design, advanced survey of psychology, research methods, organizational psychology, personnel psychology and three industrial/organizational topics courses.

Culminating experiences

Culminating experiences are crucial to the M.S. psychology program because these experiences are typically a major consideration in employment and opportunities for doctoral study. You must complete six hours of PSY 798 (Internship) or PSY 799 (Thesis) before earning your degree.


For each credit hour of internship, you must serve 45 hours at the internship agency. Evaluation of your performance will come from two sources: supervisors at the organization and I/O faculty. Besides providing extensive, supervised fieldwork, the internship will allow you to integrate theoretical and research knowledge with specific aspects of the applied experience.


The primary purpose of the thesis is to allow you to establish and demonstrate research competency.