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 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.
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. There are two areas on the GraduateCAS application that ask for a statement of purpose and resume/CV, can I use the same statement and resume/CV on both sections?
Yes, you can use the same statement of purpose and resume/CV on both sections of the application. The Specific Essay has a word count limit of max of 750 words and a strict max of 120 80-character lines and the (Statement of Purpose essay) does not.
5. Is work experience required?
6. Am I competitive?
For the 2020-2021 academic admission year, we received 118 applications. 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.
7. How many students will be accepted?
We anticipate cohorts to consist of approximately 20 students.
8. When will decisions be made?
We begin extending admission offers within a month of the application deadline.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. Is a master’s thesis required?
No. This is a non-thesis master’s program. A thesis is not an option.
15. 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 have access to a shared graduate student office with multiple workstations to work while on campus. The also have access to a flex space and a graduate student lounge.
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 Ally, Brazos Valley Food Bank, Choice Hotels, Critical Ops, Cuna Mutual Group, DDI-Asia, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Klein Tools, Lee Hecht Harrison, Merck, Monarch (ISN), Pinsight, Reynolds American Incorporated, qChange, Schlumberger, Superior HealthPlan, TDIndustries, Teacher Retirement System of Texas, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Texas Instruments, Transocean, and UTMB Health. 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 in the I/O concentration 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 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.
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 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.
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 with a concentration in I/O Psychology 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.
28. What opportunities are there for gaining research experience in the program?
The MSIOP program at TAMU is a non-thesis 16-month program. 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. Students interested in gaining research experience should discuss their interests with the Program Director.
29. Where did your alumni receive full time job offers?
Examples of organizations where our alumni have received full-time job offers are Ally, Amazon, Department of the Air Force (San Antonio-Randolph Base), HealthEquity, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Klein Tools, Mobley Group Pacific Ltd., Monarch Consulting Corporation (an ISN Company), NASA Behavioral Heath and Performance Laboratory (via JES Tech), NRC Health, Reynolds American Incorporated, and Texas Instruments.
30. 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.
31. 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: Charles Bonfert (email@example.com), D’yvonier Larcheveaux (firstname.lastname@example.org), Kate Pohl (email@example.com), and Lindsay Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org).