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MS Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who do I contact with questions related to the program?

Contact the Program Director, Dr. Bisi Atoba, with program-related questions through email: bisi.atoba@tamu.edu. Although email is the preferred method of contact, you can also call her office phone: 979-458-8611.

2. Can I contact a student about the program?

Yes. Our current students welcome questions from prospective students. Some students have volunteered to be contact persons. Please feel free to contact one or more of them: D’yvonier Larcheveaux (dyvonier@tamu.edu); Lawrence Liu (lawrence6258@tamu.edu); Ryan Brigham (brigham.ryan@tamu.edu); Victoria McNeil (toriemcneil@tamu.edu).

3. Am I guaranteed a job?

No. We cannot guarantee you a job. However, we anticipate many internships experiences will turn into full-time job opportunities and strong relationships will develop to facilitate job placement.

4. Where did your graduates receive job offers?

Examples of organizations where our alumni have received job offers are Department of the Air Force, NASA Behavioral Health and Performance Laboratory (via JES Tech), Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Mercer, Texas Instruments, Reynolds American Incorporated, Amazon, Teacher Retirement System of Texas, KANTAR, AI RecruiTas, Ally, HealthEquity, ISN Software Corporation, Hire Wages, HumanKind HR, Intelsat,  Klein Tools, Lee Hecht Harrison, NRC Health, Rushmore Loan Management Services, TI Verbatim Consulting, and Critical Ops,.

5. What positions do students go into when they graduate?

Majority of our students go into I-O psychology-related roles. Some of their job titles include the following: Culture & Engagement Specialist, HR Development Program Trainee, Human Resources Specialist, Learning and Development Coordinator, Organizational Development Consultant, People Analytics Analyst, Research Coordinator, Quantitative Research Executive, Survey Operations Analyst, Workforce Engagement Research Analyst, Workplace Health and Safety Specialist, and Talent Development Project Manager.

6. Is an internship required?

Yes. All students must complete a minimum of a full-time internship in a related to context. Alternative timelines (e.g., 6 months, part-time) will be considered on a case-by-case basis and approved by the Director of the Program. We anticipate most students will complete their internship in the summer between their first and second year.

7. Can I use my current employer as my internship?

Yes, as long as it meets the requirements stated in the Student Handbook and is approved by the Director.

8. Where do students complete internships?

Organizations where students have secured internships include Department of the Air Force, KPMG, Ally, Schlumberger, Merck, Bell Textron, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Ericsson, Texas Instruments, Transocean, Reynolds American Incorporated, Cuna Mutual Group, DDI-Asia, Teacher Retirement System of Texas, Choice Hotels, Rio Tinto, Houston Police Department, Klein Tools, Lee Hecht Harrison, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, WPS Health Solutions, Monarch (ISN), Pinsight, SelectQuote, Superior HealthPlan, TDIndustries, ME360, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Critical Ops,  Human Dynamics Inc., Mylance, UTMB Health, qChange, and Bilbao Consulting.

We anticipate most students will complete internships in the local area, as well as Houston, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, and San Antonio; however, students are not limited to completing their internship in these locations.

9. Are there practical hand-on experiences beyond the internship?

Yes. Hands-on learning are an essential part of the MSIOP experience and the program places an emphasis on applied skill acquisition and development. Students develop these skills by completing I-O psychology projects for local organizations through their courses and occasionally through non-coursework opportunities. Local organizations students have completed applied course projects for include the following: Aggieland Outfitters, Brazos Valley CASA, Brazos Valley Food Bank, Brazos Valley Marketing, City of Bryan, City of College Station, Family Promise, Mathnasium, Ment Services, MHMR of Brazos Valley, QuestSpecialty, Scotty’s House, and TAMU HROE Division.

10. Will I have office space/desk on campus?

Yes. Students have access to a shared graduate student office with multiple workstations to work while on campus. They also have access to a private flex space and a graduate student lounge.

11. Is a master’s thesis required?

No. This is a non-thesis master’s program. A thesis is not an option.

12. What opportunities are there for gaining research experience in the program?

The MSIOP program at TAMU is a non-thesis 16-month program and research is not required. However, because we are affiliated with a premier I-O Psychology PhD program in a Tier 1 research institution, there may be nonobligatory opportunities to participate in the I-O psychology faculty’s research programs, as well as other faculty’s research programs in related areas outside of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. A number of MSIOP students have been actively involved in various research labs both within and outside the PBSI department. Students interested in gaining research experience should discuss their interests with the Program Director.

13. When is the deadline for applications for fall admission?

The annual application deadline is February 15th. All components of your application listed below, including letters of recommendations, must be on file by this deadline. Students who wish to be considered for the Dr. Dionel Avilés ’53 and Dr. James Johnson ‘67 [Diversity] Fellowship Program nomination must have a complete application on file by January 3rd. Please note that there are multiple sequential steps to completing an application. We recommend you start the process right away and do not wait until the deadline to begin your application.

14. Is there an admissions cycle for Spring semester?

No. We only have admissions in fall semesters.

15. What are the application requirements?

Detailed instructions can be found here.

16. Am I competitive in terms of my GRE and GPA?

On average, the students admitted had an overall GRE score of 307 (153Q, 154V, 4W) and 3.62 GPA. **The GRE is waived for applications submitted for fall 2021 admission.** Please DO NOT report or send GRE scores to the program for fall 2021 admission; measures have been implemented to ensure standardized procedures and the selection committee will not be able to view any submitted GRE scores.

17. Is work experience required?

No.

18. How many students will be accepted?

We anticipate cohorts to consist of approximately 20 students.

19. When will decisions be made?

We begin extending admission offers within 4-5 weeks of the application deadline.

20. When do classes start?

All cohorts will begin in the fall semester (August). Students are not permitted to begin the program in the spring or summer.

21. Can I enroll in the program on a part-time basis?

While students are expected to maintain a full-time status (i.e., 9 credit hours), a request to complete the program part-time will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

22. Will classes be offered at night, on the weekends, or online?

At this time, classes are delivered in person and generally offered three days during the work week between 9am and 5pm.

23. What does the curriculum look like?

The curriculum will focus on mastering current findings related to organizations and personnel, developing foundational skills in methodology and data analysis, advanced training in the application of I-O Psychology principles in the work place, and an internship experience. Generally, students enroll in 10 hours each semester for 3 semesters. Master’s students are also expected to attend the I-O Psychology colloquium series which meets every Friday, mostly 1:30-3pm.

24. Who will be teaching the courses?

The TAMU I-O programs faculty teach the courses, as well as the Director of the Program.

25. Is there a comprehensive exit exam at the conclusion of the program?

Yes. At the end of the program, you must pass a comprehensive exit exam covering core concepts from your classes. Details on the nature of this exam is available in the Student Handbook.

26. How much does the program cost?

Each semester, master’s students in the I-O concentration will pay a $3500 fee, plus tuition and fees for 10 hours of graduate level tuition. Please keep in mind this is an investment in your future. Please refer to the Tuition and Fees page. Current tuition and fee rates are available on the Student Business Services’ website.

27. Are there assistantships available?

The Program or Department is not able to offer graduate assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, or tuition waivers to master’s students at this time. Employment within the Department and any benefits associated with employment are not available to Master’s students. Students may be able to qualify for non-departmental funding and graduate assistantships available through the Scholarships and Financial Aid Office or advertised on JobsforAggies.

28. Are out-of-state/international students eligible for an in-state tuition waiver?

No, students are not eligible for tuition waivers at any time during their program.

29. To what extent do the TAMU Master’s and PhD programs overlap?

Students take overlapping (PSYC 610 and 611) courses taught by many of the same faculty members during the first year. They also attend colloquium together every Friday. The Master’s program with a concentration in I-O Psychology includes more applied and professional development experiences that focus on application of I-O principles within organizations and in personnel decisions.

30. If I am not accepted in to the PhD program, can I be considered for the Master’s program? Do I have to reapply?

Yes, you can be considered for the Master’s program. We will invite some PhD applicants who are not offered admission to the PhD program but appear competitive for the master’s program to consider enrolling in our master’s program. You will not need to reapply or pay another application fee. You can also request to switch your application to the Master’s program.

31. After completing the Master’s program, can I transfer to the PhD program?

First, it is important to note that the master’s program with a concentration in I-O Psychology is designed to be a terminal applied degree preparing you for a job in industry or consulting. It is not designed to be a stepping stone to the PhD program. However, if you would like to pursue a PhD after completing the program, you can apply to the PhD program and we will consider your application along with all the others in the applicant pool. If you are admitted to the PhD program, coursework that overlaps with the doctoral program is likely to count toward the degree.

32. How is a Master’s in I-O program different from a Master’s in Human Resource Management Program?

I-O curriculum includes a core in psychological theories and a strong statistical foundation, including psychometrics. Although I-O programs do prepare students for careers in human resources departments, the I-O curriculum is particularly focused on the science of human behavior at work, as it relates to personnel functions, individual characteristics, and interpersonal relationships in the workplace. While HR professionals are guided by compliance with regulations, workforce laws, policies, and procedures, I-O practitioners are guided by the internal motivators of employees as their goal is to help both organizations and employees thrive.

33. Is the Master of Psychological Sciences degree a STEM designated degree?

Yes. Consequently, international F-1 students who earn the degree may be eligible to apply for a STEM optional practical training (OPT) extension in addition to the initial 12-month post-completion of degree OPT.