Industrial Organizational Psychology (MA)

Graduate Program (MA)

Industrial-Organizational (I-O) psychology is the scientific study and the application of science to workplace issues. From organizational consulting firms to multinational corporations your expertise will be called on for organizational development, talent management, human resources research, employee evaluation and much more. Our program is dedicated to training students to be successful professionals in the field of I-O psychology.


Admission Requirements

The admission committee considers many variables. The entire set of credentials presented by the applicant is considered. However, a low standing on one criterion [e.g., grade point average (GPA), Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) score] does not automatically mean rejection, nor does one very high standing on one criterion mean automatic acceptance.

  • The applicant must possess a bachelor's or master's degree or their equivalent from a regionally accredited institution. The prior academic record must indicate ability and preparation necessary for pursuing graduate studies.
  • The minimum prerequisite for the program is 18 semester hours of undergraduate courses in psychology. These include courses in general (intro) psychology, introductory statistics, psychology research methods, and nine semester hours in other upper-division, undergraduate courses. It is strongly recommended that applicants have taken an undergraduate course in I-O psychology and psychological testing. The testing course can be taken after acceptance.
  • A minimum 3.0 is required in undergraduate and/or graduate coursework. Overall GPA in a degree program and GPA in the psychology courses are both assessed. Xavier University’s institution code is 1965.
  • The General Test portion is required for all applicants. Applicants are required to take the GRE subject test if they neither majored nor minored in Psychology.
  • Research experience is also considered. This may reflect anything from collecting data to publication in refereed journals.
  • In addition, work experience is also assessed. This may include internships and/or work experiences relevant to I-O psychology.
  • Three letters from academic/research sources, along with those describing other types of experience are required. It is strongly recommended that a minimum of two of the letters be from an academic resource.
  • Compatibility of the applicant's interests with those of the faculty is often considered, but is not necessary for acceptance.
  • The applicant's ability to write, as reflected in the Statement of Purpose, as well as in technical writing, shown in published research, is also taken into account.
  • Above all, the applicant should demonstrate why they are interested in pursuing graduate study in I-O psychology, and why they feel Xavier is appropriate for that study.

Admission Process

Please be advised that the deadline for completed applications in February 1.

Applicants from foreign countries or those who completed their degree overseas are required to submit transcripts evaluated by World Educational Services, a financial statement, a sponsorship letter, and official TOEFL scores. All applicants should see that the School of Psychology receives the following items:

  • Apply on-line.
  • A non-refundable $35.00 application fee.
  • One copy of official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. These include colleges and universities that involve transfer credits.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required.
  • A written statement (Statement of Purpose) reflecting a commitment to I-O psychology.
  • GRE scores -- General Knowledge (required). Xavier University’s institution code is 1965.
  • A completed application for financial assistance (optional).
  • Any other information that might aid in the selection process (for example, relevant research and/or work experience).

Financial Aid

 A limited number of graduate research and lab/teaching assistantships are available within the School of Psychology. Applicants are also encouraged to apply for graduate assistantships in other departments on campus. For more information on these assistantships, contact the Office of the Graduate School at 513 745-3360 or e-mail

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The three-credit hour internship comprises 120 clock hours of supervised work in an appropriate field setting. This work may take the form of a project arranged with an employer that allows the student full responsibility for designing and carrying out the project, or the internship may bring the student into an ongoing activity within an organization, such as employment interviewing or testing. The student receives a final grade for the internship.


The thesis consists of six credit hours and takes the form of an empirical research study. Under the supervision of a full-time faculty advisor, the student develops a thesis proposal and presents this to a three-member committee made up of faculty members and/or interested I-O psychologists from the Cincinnati community. Upon completion, the student defends the thesis to the same committee.

Computer Language Requirement

Students in the master's degree I-O psychology program must demonstrate proficiency in a computer language (typically SPSS), gained through the courses PSYC 520 and 521, Computer Statistical Language I and II.

Sample Courses

General Psychology - ProSeminar: Applied I-O Psychology

Research - Advanced Statistics I and II, Computer Statistical Language I and II, Advanced Research Design and Analysis, Thesis

Industrial-Organizational Psychology - Personnel Psychology, Internship in I-O Psychology, Assessment Techniques in I-O Psychology, Seminar in I-O Psychology, Organizational Psychology, Training and Development, Performance Appraisal, Professional Development Issues in I-O Psychology

Tuition & Fees

Tuition, per credit hour Cost
MA $670
XPAGS Fee (one time) $50
Liability Insurance $36
Student Fee, per semester
Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking full-time $8
Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking part-time $4

The amounts listed are for the 2019-20 school year, and include classes from Summer 2019 though Spring 2020. These amounts are updated to the most recent amounts available. For the full listing, please visit

Psychology Options

We offer several ways for you to earn your advanced psychology degree


Doctoral program: PsyD in Clinical Psychology

Our APA accredited Doctor of Psychology embraces Xavier's highest standards of ethics, service and academic excellence.

Designed to transform students into highly skilled general practitioners of clinical psychology, every graduate completing this program successfully finds employment. Far from being a purely academic degree, the 2016 Bureau of Labor statistics reports that doctoral candidates have the best job opportunities in clinical, counseling, school psychology or private practice.


MA in General Experimental Psychology

Understanding behavior evolves from research. And many of the historical breakthroughs that popularly define "psychology" in the broadest sense, from the Pavlovian response to delayed gratification, began as an experiment. General Experimental, or research Psychology explores, develops and tests methods to study behavior and mental processes. The General Experimental Psychology program at Xavier is a very small program that supports the work of individual students with particular faculty with whom they share a research interest. Graduates of the program frequently apply to Ph.D. programs at other Universities.


MA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

According to the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Industrial-Organizational (I-O) psychology is the scientific study of working and the application of that science to workplace issues facing individuals, teams, and organizations. The scientific method is applied to investigate issues of critical relevance to individuals, businesses, and society. From organizational consultants to multinational corporations your expertise will be called on for organizational development, talent management, human resources research, employee evaluation and much more. Our program is dedicated to training students to be successful scientists-practitioners in the field of I-O psychology.

53% Growth Rate In 2014, The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) ranked Industrial organizational psychologist as the fastest growing occupation in the U.S. with a 53% growth rate to the year 2022 and a median annual income of $83,580.

53% Growth Rate

In 2014, The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) ranked Industrial organizational psychologist as the fastest growing occupation in the U.S. with a 53% growth rate to the year 2022 and a median annual income of $83,580.


faculty focused on you

Graduate psychology students interact with faculty members who have diverse academic and research interests, as well as professional training. Teaching is the primary mission of the department.

professional opportunities

An internship arranged with an employer in one of a number of industries gives you the opportunity to put into practice the job skills that you learn in the classroom.

network of colleagues

Graduate student organizations include the Ohio Psychological Association of Graduate Students, the Xavier Psychological Association Graduate Students and XU Graduate Student Organization.

The Xavier Advantage

The Xavier University Industrial-Organizational Program focuses on providing graduate students with real-world experience and a means of providing Industrial-Organizational psychological services to the community.

Career Paths Chosen by Recent Graduates

  • Executive Recruit
  • Human Resources
  • Management Consultant
  • Research Analyst