Program Description

Students in the industrial and organizational psychology program can tailor their graduate education to reflect their own professional interests and academic needs. These graduate programs are offered in a learning environment where faculty members and students teach and learn from each other through collaboration, discussion, classes and other interaction opportunities.

The industrial and organizational psychology program prepares students for careers improving worker productivity and the quality of work-life. Such activities include researching better ways for organizations to select and train employees, how to measure employee job performance, understanding when different types of leadership are most appropriate, and researching psychological factors affecting employee health and well-being.

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are offered on a competitive basis. Students awarded full-time or half-time graduate assistantships receive stipends and tuition waivers. Assistantship recipients may independently teach an undergraduate course or help faculty with research or teaching.

Students often complete internships at carefully matched regional or national businesses. Recent locations include The Dow Chemical Company, Steelcase, Dow Corning, Merek & Co., and ICF International.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the industrial and organizational psychology program requires:

  • a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited university;
  • a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7;
  • GRE scores; and
  • a statement of purpose.

The following additional items are required and may be sent to the Department of Psychology, Central Michigan University, Sloan 139, Mt Pleasant, MI 48859 or via email at

The deadline for all application materials is January 1. 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. 

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Graduation Requirements

The master of arts program is designed to train students for careers in business, government, consulting or for continuing their education in doctoral programs. This two-year master of arts program requires 39 hours of course work, including a practicum and a thesis.

For More Information

Neil D. Christiansen, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Director
Department of Psychology
225 Sloan Hall