Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Welcome to the website for Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program and the Occupational Health Psychology Concentration at Central Michigan University!

The Department of Psychology at Central Michigan University offers a terminal Master's degree (M.A.) both on campus and online, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology on campus. Students in the Ph.D. program can also choose a Concentration in Occupational Health Psychology (OHP).

Industrial and Organizational Psychology is an applied area of psychology that is growing every day. I/O Psychology has a dual commitment to the science and practice involved in applying psychology to the practical problems faced by people at work in a variety of organizations. Occupational Health Psychology is also a blend of science and practice, focusing on worker health and well-being.

Improving worker productivity and the quality of work-life are the underlying goals of most I/O psychologists’ efforts. Such activities include researching better ways for organizations to select and train employees and how to measure employee job performance. Other activities are related to motivational issues at work, factors that affect work group processes, career development, understanding when different types of leadership and mentoring are most appropriate, and psychological factors affecting employee health and well-being.

About Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The I/O Psychology Programs at Central Michigan University prepare you for careers as active contributors to the psychology of work. Graduates of our programs typically work as consultants to businesses or in university settings where you'll develop, implement and evaluate human resource programs by applying the principles of personnel and organizational psychology. The coursework reflects a balance of classes in personnel psychology, organizational psychology, and research methodology. You can tailor your graduate education to reflect your own professional interests and academic needs.

The master's program is offered either in-person or online. This program is oriented toward the study of individuals in organizations and businesses with a focus on improving the well-being and productivity of the people that work there. You'll learn to use research and measurement skills to solve practical workplace issues and to apply the principles of psychology to human resource and leadership challenges. The M.A. program requires 30 hours of coursework and can be completed part-time or full-time.

I/O Psychology Master's Program

The doctoral program prepares students for careers in research, business, or university settings. This program requires 96 hours of course work, a comprehensive exam, a master’s thesis, and a doctoral dissertation and typically requires four or five years of intensive academic work.

I/O Psychology Doctoral Program

OHP is an emerging specialty area within psychology that focuses on the mental and physical health, safety, and quality of work life of employees. Ph.D. students in I/O psychology who wish to follow CMU's scientist-practitioner model for the OHP concentration enroll in elective classes in OHP and related areas (e.g., safety, epidemiology, and health professions), and they also conduct thesis or dissertation research on OHP topics. Typical topics includework-related stress, workplace incivility, employees' emotional and physical health, work-family relations, emotional labor, and behaviors related to workplace safety.

Occupational Health Psychology Concentration

Admissions process


The deadline for all application materials is January 1st for the I/O doctoral program and February 15th for the I/O MA program. In addition to grades and GRE scores (subject portion not required), the Admissions Committee is attentive to letters of recommendation, personal statements, and relevant professional experiences.

Contact information

If you have any questions with regard to the application requirements please contact:

Department of Psychology, 989-774-3001
Central Michigan University, Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program
Sloan Hall 101, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
Fax number: 989-774-2553​

Application forms

Complete and submit Central Michigan University's application form with all required application materials to the College of Graduate Studies. The Department of Psychology requires a Personal Statement, explained on the Information Form, Item ( see #2 below). Transcripts should be sent to the College of Graduate Studies, Central Michigan University, 802 Industrial Drive, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858. For an update on your application status, please call (989) 774-4444.

Apply Now

Complete and submit the Information Form. Print and send this completed form along with attachments by emailing the Psychology Department or by mailing to:

Central Michigan University
Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program
Sloan 101
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859

Email Psychology

The online application requires three letter writers to electronically submit their letters to your application portal.  You will need to provide their email addresses within your application in order for the system to automatically reach out to them. Please complete the top portion of the Letter of Recommendation Form and have your letter writers submit this form with their letter of recommendation.

The subject portion of the GRE is not required. You must request that the Educational Testing Service (ETS) send an official copy of your GRE Score Report to the Department of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Central Michigan University, Sloan Hall 101, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48859. The code for Central Michigan University is 1106; the I/O Psychology Program Code number is 2008.

We require submission of recent GRE General Test scores as part of our admissions process. Because of public health concerns, the GRE is currently administered on your own computer at home and is proctored online. Visit the website for more details: GRE at Home website. GRE fee reductions (PDF file) may be available for those with financial need through the Educational Testing Service.

Program goals

The Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology Program seeks to advance and transmit knowledge related to I/O psychology and to provide a strong educational background in I/O Psychology for students. This background will enable students both to advance and transmit knowledge related to I/O Psychology and to provide consulting and expert services in the field. To fulfill this mission, the goals of the I/O Psychology Program are:

  1. To promote I/O Psychology as a science and method for advancing the effectiveness and well-being of people and organizations.
  2. To prepare I/O psychologists whose research, teaching, and applied work is primarily informed by current scientific theory, research, and methods.
  3. To prepare I/O psychologists who are knowledgeable about ethics and use ethical reasoning in their research, teaching, and applied work.
  4. To prepare I/O psychologists who respect the dignity and worth of all people.
  5. To develop and publicize new knowledge.
  6. To stimulate enthusiasm for the field of I/O Psychology among undergraduates through high expectations and excellent teaching.

Forms and handbooks

Student forms

Student handbooks