Master of Science in Psychology: Concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Program Coordinator: Chris Wright

Graduate Programs in Psychology

Application to a graduate program is completed through the Cal State Apply application process.

The graduate admission application must be submitted by the deadline to be considered for admission. The department accepts applications for the fall semester only, with a deadline of February 1st. The Master in Science programs generally require an interview during the admissions process.

Some of the Psychology graduate programs require applicants to submit the results of the Graduate Record Examination — verbal, quantitative, and writing sections. Applicants should check the current application of the program they are applying for requirements.

Students who intend to work toward the M.A. or the M.S. in Psychology must meet the prerequisites outlined within each concentration. Required undergraduate coursework that an applicant may not have completed can be rectified as the graduate advisor deems fit without being included as units toward completion of the master's degree

To advance to candidacy (graduation), graduate students must meet all the general requirements for the specific program in which they are involved.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One

A score of 4.0 or better on the GRE Analytical Writing Test or equivalent.

Level Two

Satisfactory completion of the Comprehensive Written Examination (PSY 896 or PSY 896EXM [0 units]) or PSY 898 Master’s Thesis.


Coursework in intermediate statistics and 15 units of Psychology coursework.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Industrial Organizational Psychology the student will be able to:

  1. Conduct a review of scientific research and identify applications of theories related to employee selection, performance appraisal, training and development, worker motivation and attitudes, and teamwork and leadership in organizations. 
  2. Conduct a job/task analysis, selection decision, training needs assessment, survey assessment within an organization.
  3. Apply legal and ethical guidelines to workplace problems. 

Industrial/Organizational Psychology (M.S.) - 37 units

Data Collection and Analysis (7 units)

PSY 770Research Methods and Techniques3
PSY 772Applications of Multiple Regression to Psychological Research4

Core Industrial/Organizational (21 units)

PSY 760Seminar in Organizational Psychology3
PSY 761Industrial and Organizational Psychology3
PSY 762Seminar in Industrial Psychology3
PSY 765Industrial Training Program Development3
PSY 766Psychological Foundations of Organizational Change3
PSY 768Seminar to Accompany Field Experience in Industrial/Organizational Psychology3
PSY 769Field Experience in Industrial/Organizational Psychology3

Electives (6 units)

Selected with the approval of an advisor. Examples include:

COUN 720Career Counseling3
CSC 869Data Mining3
CSC 890Graduate Seminar3
DS 776Data Analysis for Managers3
LABR/ANTH 525Diversity in the Workplace3
MGMT 640Managing Diversity in the Workplace3
MGMT 656Seminar in Managing Teams3
MGMT 788Management Principles and Organizational Behavior3
PSY 740Seminar in Social Psychology3
PSY 742Seminar in Survey Research3
PSY 771Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design4
PSY 799Supervised Selected Research2-6
PSY 899Independent Study1-3

Culminating Experience (3 units)

Select one:

PSY 896
Directed Reading
and Culminating Experience Examination
PSY 898Master's Thesis3