MS Frequently Asked Questions
1. When is the deadline for applications for fall admission?
The annual application deadline is February 15th. Students who wish to be considered for the Diversity Excellence Fellowship 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.
2. Is there an admissions cycle for Spring semester?
No. We only have admissions in fall semesters.
3. What are the application requirements?
Application materials are the same as those required for the Ph.D. program; however, the deadline is later. Detailed instructions can be found here.
4. Is work experience required?
5. Am I competitive?
For the 2019-2020 academic admission year, we received 92 applications. On average, the students admitted had an overall GRE score of 307 (153Q, 155V, 4.06W) and 3.53 GPA.
6. How many students will be accepted?
We anticipate cohorts to consist of approximately 20 students.
7. When will decisions be made?
We begin extending admission offers within a month of the application deadline.
8. 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.
9. Can I enroll in the program on a part-time basis?
No. Students are expected to maintain a full-time status. At the graduate level, full-time status means enrollment in 9 semester hours of credit.
10. Will classes be offered at night, on the weekends, or online?
At this time, we anticipate classes will be offered Monday through Friday between 8am and 5pm. We may revisit this in the future.
11. 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 9-12 hours each semester for 3 semesters. Master’s students are also strongly encouraged to attend our I/O Psychology colloquium series which meets every Friday, mostly 1:30-3pm. We sometimes focus meetings on CARMA webcasts which are usually at 11am.
12. Who will be teaching the courses?
The I/O program faculty will be teaching the courses, as well as the Director of the Program. Additionally, some courses will be taken with other faculty in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.
13. Is a master’s thesis required?
No. A master’s thesis is not required nor expected.
14. Is research required?
No. However, if you would like to get involved in research studies/projects, discuss this option with the Program Director.
15. Will I have office space/desk on campus?
Yes, students will have access to computers and spaces to work while on campus. There is also a graduate student lounge in Milner 228 that is available.
16. Is an internship required?
Yes. All students must complete a minimum of a full-time internship in a related to context (e.g., Human Resources department). 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.
17. Can I use my current employer as my internship?
Yes, as long as it meets the requirements and approval of the Director.
18. Where do students complete internships?
Organizations where students have secured internships include Choice Hotels, Critical Ops, DDI-Asia, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lee Hecht Harrison, Merck, Schlumberger, Superior HealthPlan, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Texas Instruments, and Transocean. 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.
19. Is there a comprehensive exam or qualification exam at the conclusion of the program?
Yes. At the end of the program, you must pass a comprehensive written exam covering core concepts from your classes. Details on the nature of this exam will be made available at least one semester before administration.
20. 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.
21. How much does the program cost?
Each semester, master’s students will pay a $3500 fee, plus tuition and fees for 9-12 hours of graduate level tuition. Please keep in mind this is an investment in your future. Current tuition and fee rates are available on the Student Business Services website.
22. Are there assistantships available?
The department/program are not able to offer any assistantships to master’s students at this time. However, students are eligible for employment within the university in units that advertise.
23. 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.
24. To what extent do the TAMU master’s and PhD I/O 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 includes more applied and professional development experiences that focus on application of I/O principles within organizations and in personnel decisions.
25. 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.
26. After completing the master’s program, can I transfer to the PhD program?
First, it is important to note that the master’s program 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.
27. How is the MSIOP different from the master’s in Human Resource Management Program (MSHRM) in the Mays Business School?
Our curriculum includes a core in psychological theories and a strong statistical foundation, including psychometrics. While our program does prepare students for careers in human resources departments, our 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.