Psychology Master's Degree with an emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (MIOP)

The master's degree in psychology with an emphasis in industrial and organizational psychology (MIOP) is a terminal professional degree. The curriculum emphasizes the application of concepts and behavioral science methodologies to problems facing the human resource professional today. This is a hybrid program consisting of required on-campus summer courses (two weeks each summer for program years one and two), guided research, online coursework and a practicum. The program provides students and working professionals with the opportunity to apply new human resource concepts, knowledge, skills and analytical tools to on-the-job decisions. It teaches strategies for making informed decisions based on a thorough understanding of current issues. Graduates will have developed and synthesized a portfolio of skills, including:

  • a rigorous analytical and quantitative foundation based on traditional behavioral science principles and applied in a problem-solving framework
  • an understanding of how to effectively utilize computer and information technologies to increase efficiency in human resource decision making
  • a refinement of verbal and written communication skills to effectively and ethically guide organizational change while interacting with diverse populations
  • Ability to develop company-specific selection, training, and performance appraisal programs, which provide a competitive advantage

Careers in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

A master's degree in psychology with an emphasis in industrial and organizational psychology will provide exceptional career opportunities in fields such as:

  • human resources
  • job training
  • job analysis and validation
  • testing evaluation
  • staffing and hiring
  • consulting


Kansas State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The master's degree in psychology with an emphasis in industrial/organizational psychology is offered through the Department of Psychological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences.


The major components of the program are on-campus summer courses and workshops (two weeks each summer for program years one and two), guided research, web courses, the practicum, and graduation. Course Sequence I. Summer Course Work (with two-week, on-campus workshops/sessions) Students are required to bring laptop computers to the summer on-campus courses. During on-campus sessions, students learn Internet-related skills such as how to access course modules, participate in chat rooms and post messages. These sessions also provide students with the opportunity to interact with peers and faculty.

  • First Summer (on-campus workshops required)
  • Second Summer (on-campus workshops required)

II. Online Courses Each spring and fall semester, one of the following four courses will be offered using distance and web-based educational resources. Also, students will be enrolled in 2 credit hours of Master's Research in Psychology each spring and fall semester. Delivery will be accomplished using the web, email and guided study. Students and faculty will communicate through discussion rooms, threaded message boards, email, and telephone. Assignments will enable students to apply the concepts and techniques learned to company-related problems. Courses offered on a rotational basis every two years PSYCH 878 - Personnel Selection (3 credits) This course will focus on developing, performing and analyzing several different job procedures, which provide the basis for several human resource functions. It will also examine the theoretical and practical issues in staffing industrial organizations, including recruitment, test validation, and other employment opportunity issues (test fairness, adverse impact, etc.). PSYCH 880 - Performance Appraisal (3 credits) The course will examine data sources, rating procedures, psychometric criteria for evaluating performance appraisal systems and models/theories of the performance evaluation process. Different compensation models and their advantages and disadvantages will also be discussed. PSYCH 879 - Organizational Psychology (3 credits) Examines the individual's role in organizations and the effects of organizational variables on the individual worker. Topics include organizational communication, employee socialization, cultures and psychological climates of organizations, stress in organizations, group processes, and employee performance, and organizational change and development. PSYCH 875 - Personnel Training (3 credits) An examination of the training of personnel in an organization. Topics include determination of an organization's training needs, selection, and motivation of trainees, design and evaluation of training programs and examination of several specific strategies for accomplishing the training function. III. Guided Study Practicum Research Students will be enrolled each spring and fall semester in 2 credit hours of Practicum: Research in I/O Psychology. PSYCH 860 - Practicum: Research in I/O Psychology (2 credits; Fall of Year One) PSYCH 860 - Practicum: Research in I/O Psychology (2 credits; Spring of Year One) PSYCH 860 - Practicum: Job Analysis (2 credits; Fall of Year Two) PSYCH 860 - Practicum: Research in I/O Psychology (2 credits; Spring of Year Two) IV. Summer of Year Three* Final course is PSYCH 860 - Practicum: Final Report in I/O Psychology (5 credits). Students do NOT come to the campus. The third summer of the program is spent writing and finalizing a guided-study practicum based on a company-related human resource issue. Each student will work on the research and practicum with his/her major professor. Due to the diverse backgrounds of the students entering the MIOP program, practica are expected to be as equally diverse. However, broad study areas include development of selection instruments; job training needs assessment, development of performance evaluations and performance-based compensation models, surveys of employee attitudes and evaluation of the programs. In some cases, students will work with real-world data sets and projects provided by their instructor. Each student's major professor will work with the student to determine the scope and breadth of his/her practicum. V. Fall of Year Three Final course is PSYCH 860 - Practicum: Final Report in I/O Psychology (1 credit). VI. Graduation MIOP commencement takes place in Dec. The final report should be completed by the end of Sept. in order to meet the graduation deadlines. It takes time to obtain feedback and make changes to a final report. If a student does not complete the degree by Dec. of MIOP year three, the student will be out-of-sequence and will be required to pay an additional MIOP program per semester fee of $250, as well as the current per-credit-hour cost of the course. These will include, but will not be limited to, the cost of enrolling in an additional 1 credit hour during each semester until the student graduates. Also, all Graduate School and departmental rules and procedures must be followed for eligibility to defer graduation, with the understanding that the student will be responsible for costs related to deferred graduation. *Curriculum is subject to change. Please note that university tuition and fees are subject to change.

Program Costs

For the MIOP Class of 2017, the cost for K-State tuition, fees, books, and summer workshops is $28,500 for the program, excluding travel, food, lodging, local internet access, and personal student expenses.

Admission Requirements for the Industrial and Organizational Psychology Master's Degree Program

Professionals wishing to pursue a Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology with an emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (MIOP) are expected to meet the following admission requirements:

  • bachelor's degree with 3.0 GPA in the final two years, or approximately the last 60 credit hours
  • two years of human resource managerial or supervisory experience
  • computer proficiency
  • undergraduate coursework or on-the-job training and continuing education unit (CEU) equivalents in:
    • psychology
    • social sciences
    • human resources
    • management
    • statistics (must have one college course in statistics)

Students without all the undergraduate course requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis with the understanding that deficiencies will be made up by taking the appropriate undergraduate courses. Students with a grade point average lower than required may be required to take the GMAT or GRE. If admitted, admission status will be probationary until the first 9 credit hours of study are completed satisfactorily. Failure to meet admission provisions or probationary grade requirements will result in dismissal from the program. International Students International Students have an earlier deadline of December 1 for the following summer term. In addition, applicants for whom the English language is not their native language must demonstrate competence in the English language. English Proficiency Requirements are outlined by the Graduate School.

Application Deadlines

Review of applications begins Oct. 15. The final application deadline for international students is Dec. 1.

How to Apply

Complete and submit an Online Graduate Application Form. In the Academic Information area, select Distance-Off Campus as to where you will be completing the majority of the coursework. Then choose Master's Degree. The program you select will be the (MS) in Psychology with an emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology under the College of Arts and Sciences. Please be prepared to upload the following information when completing the online application.

  • Statement of Objectives, State your academic objectives, giving specific reasons for the selection of your field of study, contemplated research areas, and professional plans. Most statements are three to four paragraphs in length. The objectives allow faculty to
    • Determine that your expectations of the MIOP program are congruent with what the program provides; and
    • Review a sample of your writing skills.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Names and e-mails of three professional and/or academic references.
  • Unofficial Transcripts
    • Failure to list any colleges or universities from which you received a degree or enrolled in graduate coursework may result in dismissal from the University.
    • Students whose transcripts are not in English must furnish a translation by an appropriate authority.
    • You will be asked for official transcripts after notification of admission.

If employed, obtain a letter of support from your employer. Ask your employer to send a letter indicating support for your entrance into the program to the address below. Financial support is not required. International Students: International Study Applicants should provide TOEFL scores with their application forms as explained under admission requirements. A $65 application fee is required for U.S. citizens and residents, or $75 for international applicants and this must also be submitted online. Proctoring Fees Some courses may require you to take proctored exams. These are exams taken online or on paper that must be taken in the presence of a proctor to ensure academic integrity. This is common practice for online programs to meet accreditation requirements. Most proctor services require that students pay a fee, and it is recommended that you ask about fees when searching for your proctor. If your course includes exams that require a proctor, you will be contacted by Student and Faculty Services at K-State Global Campus before the start of the semester. Tuition is set by the Kansas Board of Regents annually in late June or early July. Kansas State University reserves the right to change costs without prior notice upon approval by the Kansas Board of Regents.

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