Psychology Department

MS - Psychology, Concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The Master of Science (MS) degree in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology program is designed to provide students with a fundamental grounding in theory, research, and application in the field of I/O Psychology and to prepare them to work in a wide range of settings including medium-to-large sized organizations, government agencies, human resources or management consulting firms, and large research organizations. The program places particular emphasis on the science-practitioner approach in which students understand and appreciate theory and research as they apply their knowledge and skills to the needs and challenges of organizations.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the industrial/organizational Psychology program, you must:

  1. Meet all of the University graduate admissions requirements
  2. Have completed either a baccalaureate degree (BA/BS) in psychology or any baccalaureate degree and a minimum of 30 semester (45 quarter) units in psychology
  3. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) of all college and/or university course work
  4. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all college and/or university psychology courses taken
  5. Have taken the GRE Exam (General Test only), although we do not require a minimum score for your application to be considered.

Degree Requirements

General university requirements and procedures for completing the Master of Science degree are described in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog. In addition to these, the following departmental requirements must be fulfilled.

  1. The student must complete a total of not less than 30 semester units for the industrial/organizational concentration as specified in the degree below.
  2. Candidates in the MS Industrial/Organizational program must complete a thesis as part of their 30 semester unit degree requirement. The nature of the thesis is to be determined in consultation with a committee of at least three faculty members. The thesis ordinarily consists of a quantitative investigation or program design, trial and evaluation of some degree of originality. The topic should be relevant to the field of study in which the candidate plans to work. The thesis will generally constitute the final comprehensive examination.
  3. The University requires that all graduate students complete the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) as a condition for advancement to candidacy. Please refer to the SJSU catalog section titled "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" for details. For graduate courses that meet the GWAR, please refer to the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations website at http://www.sjsu.edu/gape.

Course Requirements

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). For information on the GWAR, please see http://info.sjsu.edu/gcw.html.
Requirements of the Masters30
Core Courses15
PSYC 240. Research Design and Applied Psychometrics3
PSYC 249. Field Work in Industrial/Organizational Psychology3
PSYC 270. Seminar in Industrial and Organizational PsychologyGWAR3
PSYC 271. Seminar in Personnel Psychology3
STAT 235. Multivariate Analysis3
9 units of department advisor-approved electives
Culminating Experience6
Complete one course from:
PSYC 298. Special Problems1-6
PSYC 299. Master's Thesis or Project1-6

Total Units:30