Credit Hours and Expectations:
The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS) requires a minimum of 32 hours for a master’s degree (M.S.). With a concentration in I-O Psychology, this program is a 33-credit hour program designed to be completed in 16-months.
Proficiency in Research & Data Analysis:
Proficiency in methodology and statistics is foundational to graduate study in I-O psychology. Students in the program will complete multiple courses on psychological methods and statistical analyses in preparation for job roles in people and data analytics.
Experiential Learning Opportunities:
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. The students’ free service to local organizations was also recognized by the College of Liberal Arts in this news article.
Comprehensive Exit Exam:
Students close to graduation are expected to have a breadth and depth of knowledge in the discipline, integrate what has been learned, and demonstrate professional application to the field. During their final semester in the program, students must pass a comprehensive exit exam covering core concepts from coursework. The comprehensive exit exam serves to assess students’ mastery of the field to ensure that students are ready for the applied world. See the MSIOP Student Handbook for more details.
This is a non-thesis degree, meaning that students do not complete a thesis as part of their degree requirements. A thesis is not an option. 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.
Internship and Job Market Preparation:
Although students have the primary responsibility of securing internships and jobs, the program provides them the resources and support they need to be successful. The PSYC 683 (Professional Seminar) instructor and the Program Director work closely with students to prepare job application materials (i.e., resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile), practice interviewing, and successfully negotiate offers. Program faculty also forward internship and job announcements to students and provide advising during their application or offer negotiation process.
We expect students to be involved in their coursework and to actively participate in their professional development. Students are encouraged to build relationships with local and national corporations as part of their graduate training.
Weekly Colloquium Series:
There is a very strong expectation that all MSIOP students will attend and participate in the I-O psychology weekly colloquium series. This program features guest speakers from various I-O psychology-related backgrounds. They discuss updates on cutting-edge research and perspective in the discipline. Weekly colloquia are typically scheduled on Fridays from 1:30-3:00PM.