M.S. Industrial/Organizational Program


The Master of Science Degree in Industrial & Organizational Psychology provides a comprehensive slate of I/O-specific courses designed to prepare students for immediate entry into careers in applied settings. Academic coursework is supplemented with an applied externship completed for academic credit. The program requirements provide excellent preparation for those interested in pursuing a Ph.D. upon completion of the MS. The course of study also includes a strong, five-course quantitative sequence in research methodology, statistics, and measurement. I/O students are expected to become competent in theory, research, and application of psychology as each relates to human behavior in private and public organizations.

The primary objective of the industrial/organizational program is to provide students with the skills to apply the principles and methods of psychology to organizations, public and private, and to settings where people are engaged in work. To be successful in this application, the graduate must have developed knowledge and appreciation of psychological theory and research as they apply to organizations and people at work, and mastery of the measurement and research technologies which are commonly used in the discipline.

Externship Program

The externship program is currently under the direction of Dr. Ken Shultz. The standard externship experience is at least half-time work over a three-month period. It is typically completed during the summer after the first year's coursework. Southern California's urban areas provide a wealth of opportunities for hands-on experience. Students have completed externships with such organizations as Sempra (Southern California Gas Company), The Los Angeles Unified School District, the Betty Ford Center, Edison International, and Fleetwood Enterprises. We believe the externship experience is a major contributing factor to the marketability of our graduating students.

The Externship Proposal Form
The Externship Evaluation Form
The Externship Exit Interview Form

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Student Programs

Dr. Mark Agars is the current faculty sponsor of the I/O student group "Students Promoting Industrial/Organizational Psychology" (SPI/OP). SPI/OP hosts guest speaker presentations on compelling themes in human resource management. Through committee work, newsletter contributions, and interaction with business student organizations, active members can develop connections with regional business organizations and can become a part of the SPI/OP network of future I/O professionals.

Selected I/O students also contribute their time and energies to a mentoring program for new undergraduate students. Dr. Agars is the current director of our student mentoring program. Upon selection, entering students are assigned to a second-year student who can provide information and advice.

Industrial/Organizational Faculty
Program Course Requirements

Industrial/organizational Psychology Faculty

Dr. Kenneth Shultz, Dr. Janet Kottke; Dr. Janelle Gilbert; Dr. Mark Agars (Program Director); Dr. Ismael (Izzy) Diaz


For students seeking admission in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Option, the following also are required for classified status:

  1. Completion of the following prerequisite courses or their equivalent:
    1. PSYC 100. Introduction to Psychology
    2. PSYC 210. Psychological Statistics or MSCI 210. Applied Business Statistics
    3. PSYC 311. Introduction to Experimental Psychology
  2. The following courses (or equivalent) are recommended:
    1. PSYC 302. Management and Organizational Behavior or MGMT 302. Management and Organizational Behavior
    2. PSYC 355. Industrial Psychology or MGMT 455. Human Resources Management
    3. PSYC 377. Tests and Measurements Program of Study for the Industrial/Organizational M.S. Degree

Degree Requirements (75 units)

  1. PSYC 581A. Seminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Current Professional Issues (2)
  2. PSYC 581B. Seminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Organizational Leadership (2)
  3. PSYC 581C. Seminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Processes of Work Groups (2)
  4. PSYC 581D. Seminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Training and Executive Development (2)
  5. PSYC 581E. Seminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Ethical Issues in Organizations (2)
  6. PSYC 581F. Seminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Diversity in Organizations (2)
  7. PSYC 581G. Seminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Legal Issues for the I/O Professional (2)
  8. PSYC 601. Performance Assessment (4)
  9. PSYC 602. Organizational Development (4)
  10. PSYC 603. Personnel Selection and Validation (4)
  11. PSYC 604. Work Motivation and Organizational Reward Systems (4)
  12. PSYC 611. Advanced Independent Study (2-5) for a total of (5)
  13. PSYC 640. Advanced Methods in Psychological Research (4)
  14. PSYC 641. Analysis of Variance (5)
  15. PSYC 642. Regression and Nonparametric Statistics (4)
  16. PSYC 643. Multivariate Methods (4)
  17. PSYC 644. Applied Psychological Measurement (4)
  18. PSYC 675. Practicum in Applied Psychology (4)
  19. PSYC 689. Externship in Applied Psychology (2-5) for a total of (4)
  20. PSYC 699. Thesis (5)
  21. Four units chosen from:
  22. PSYC 650. Advanced Cognitive Psychology (4)
    PSYC 652. Advanced Learning and Motivation (4)
    PSYC 654. Advanced Life-Span Developmental Psychology (4)
    PSYC 656. Advanced Biological Psychology (4)
    PSYC 658. Advanced Personality and Social Psychology (4)
  23. A minimum of two units chosen from:
  24. ACCT 503. Financial Accounting (4)
    ECON 503. Economic Analysis (4)
    FIN 503. Financial Management Concepts (4)
    MGMT 601. Organization Theory and Behavior (4)
    MGMT 641. Managing Human Resources (4)
    MGMT 642. Communication and Interpersonal Processes (4)
    MGMT 644. Industrial Relations (4)
    MGMT 655. Leadership for Modern Organizations. (4)
    MGMT 660. Managing Teams in the Workplace. (4)
    PSYC 612. Directed Readings (2-5)
    PSYC 636. Cross-Cultural Counseling (4)
    PSYC 665. Psychopathology (4)
    PSYC 679. Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (4)
    May choose only one of the following two courses:
    PSYC 540. Work, Retirement, and Leisure(4)
    HD 540. Work, Retirement, and Leisure(4)

An advanced writing course (306) is also required. This class is typically taken during the first year and must be completed before students can advance to candidacy. Qualified students may waive this requirement by demonstrating comparable level work from their undergraduate curriculum.

To apply to the MS Industrial/Organizational Psychology program, please visit our Graduate Admissions webpage for deadlines and step-by-step instructions.