Frequently Asked Questions

"What makes your program different and how does it standout from others?"

There are several things that make our program different from others. First, we have seven full time faculty members whereas most Masters I/O programs rarely have more than three. Second, our program puts a strong emphasis on applied experiences and allow students to not only gain real world experience but to actually work with local businesses and clients. Third, each year our classes consist of a diverse group of students varying in both home location and personal experiences.

"What are your alumni doing now?"

Our alumni are a varied group working in several different positions, countries, and corporations. Examples of places our alumni currently work at are: Coca-Cola Company, Microsoft, Bridgestone/Firestone, Dell Computers, WorldCom, Verizon, just to name a few.  Our alumni views page provides more information.

Are there opportunities to get involved in real world projects?"

Our program provides a vast amount of applied experience opportunities for our students. Students receive these experiences through practicum, course projects, COHRE, and other outside opportunities. Each semester students are involved in at least one applied project.

"How do I apply?"

Before applying to our program please refer to the Curriculum information to determine if you have met our application requirements. If you have or will be meeting our requirements please refer to the Prospective Students page for information on how to apply.

"What kind of financial aid is available for students?"

There are a vast amount of resources for financial aid available to our incoming students. Most of our students will receive a graduate assistantship. Other assistance is available such as student loans, paid internships, COHRE projects, etc. Our Financial Aid page can provide more information on these different assistances and how to apply for a graduate assistantship.

"What is industrial/organizational psychology?"

Industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology is the scientific study of improving the workplace by studying employees and organizations. More simply stated, I/O psychology can be described as Human Resources meets Organizational Development. The “I” side of the field involves examining how to best match individuals to specific job roles, while the “O” side is more focused on understanding how organizations affect individual behavior; however, the two sides are equally important and work together within the field. Specific topics in I/O psychology include recruitment, selection, compensation, performance appraisal, training, socialization, motivation, leadership, group performance, human factors, and organizational development. I/O psychologists often work in a Human Resource department, consult, or conduct research.

"Can I talk to a current student about the program?"

"Yes! Our current students are happy to talk to prospective students. Erin Leuschke ( and Caleb McLaughlin ( have volunteered as the contact persons for prospective students."