Master of Science in Industrial Organizational Psychology


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EKU Online > Online Psychology Degrees & Certificates > Master of Science in Industrial Organizational Psychology

Improve Performance and Productivity in Your Organization

EKU’s online master’s degree in industrial-organizational psychology provides the critical skills needed to assess the behavior of individuals in businesses and develop strategies for performance and productivity improvement within organizations.

Career Outlook

Common Job Titles for IO Psychology Graduates

Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of areas, including human resource management, consulting, data analysis, employee recruitment and selection, testing and development, training and development, performance appraisal and development, organizational development, change management, job design and evaluation, compensation and benefits, among others.

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Job Titles Include:

  • Director of HR
  • Compensation and benefits director
  • Employment specialist
  • Assessment and development specialist
  • Director of training


Where Have EKU Psychology Graduates Worked?

Our program prepares high-quality professionals with a strong academic foundation—including theories, methods, and research findings of basic and applied psychology—and the skills to effectively apply this knowledge in private and public sector organizations.

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Employers Include:

  • United Way of Lancaster County
  • VIPKid
  • Lexington Rescue Mission
  • Mountain Comprehensive Care Centers

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Benefits of EKU Online

Our versatile program focuses heavily on consulting and professional development, allowing you to hone your analytical and communication skills while applying practical problem solving to human resources and organizational challenges.

  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • Free textbooks through EKU BookSmart
  • Follows the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) training guidelines
  • GRE waived for students with a 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Reduced tuition for active duty military members and their spouses
  • Numerous applied research opportunities
  • Field experience opportunities through the Center for Applied Psychology and Workforce Development (CAPP) and a capstone project
  • High graduate placement rate



Providing a practitioner-focused program, EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as organizational psychology, training and development, performance management, and consulting and professional development.

Degree Requirements

A total of 36 credits are required to graduate.

View the industrial-organizational psychology program degree requirements:

Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 6 of the University graduate catalog.

PSY 807 Work Analysis (3)
Psychological principles and techniques involved in job analysis, competency modeling, and job evaluation

PSY 809 Performance Management (3)
Psychological theory, research, and practice pertaining to the performance appraisal and performance management of human resources in the workplace.

PSY 874 Organizational Change and Development (3)
Analysis of psychological theory, research and practice pertaining to organization change and development including the change process, culture, interventions, evaluation, consulting, and legal/ethical concerns.

PSY 875 Training and Development (3)
Graduate level survey of psychological theory, research, and practice utilized in the training and development of human resources in the workplace.


Bailey Bird

Bailey Bird

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Bailey Bird for information about the Psychology Master’s Degree program.

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Application Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A August 5 August
Fall B October 5 October
Spring A January 5 January
Spring B March 5 March

Admission Requirements

View the application process to EKU’s industrial-organizational psychology master’s degree program. For more information, please contact an enrollment advisor. The admissions requirements for applicants to the M.S. Industrial-Organizational Psychology program are as follows:

  • Graduation from an accredited institution with a bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum of two undergraduate psychology courses including statistics and one upper division psychology course [comparable courses in relevant disciplines (e.g., business) will be considered]*
  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75, and 3.0 overall in the last 60 hours of the bachelor’s program. Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher are exempt from the GRE requirement
  • Targeted Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of 149 or above on the verbal section and 144 or above on the quantitative section
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation providing evidence of academic potential from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic or employment experience
  • A statement of career goals and objectives demonstrating academic potential and appropriate interests
  • Curriculum Vita/Resume

Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
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Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $258 per credit hour for undergraduate and $335 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

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