Industrial Organizational Psychology (IOMP)
Degree Program Overview
The UGA Professional Master’s Program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology is an innovative, two-year program designed for working professionals seeking to pursue graduate education in a collaborative, practitioner-focused format. Courses are delivered by our team of renowned I-O faculty and practitioners via only five weekend class sessions each semester at UGA’s Gwinnett Campus.
Half of the courses in this program are taught by talented, experienced practitioners from Atlanta area businesses and consulting firms. This includes HR executives, managing consultants, and independent business owners. The remaining courses are taught by academic faculty at UGA (the I/O Doctoral Program at UGA was recently ranked #2 in the country in I/O research productivity).
Semester-long course projects are frequently conducted within organizations around Atlanta. Common course projects include competency modeling, coaching, assessment development, and data analytics.
Curriculum and Courses
In the field of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, we take a scientific approach to the management of human capital within organizations. With our practitioner-focused format in the IOMP, we educate students on how to understand and apply the science of our field in order to add real value to organizations. It is essential for practicing I-O Psychologists to be able to diagnose organizational issues by applying theory and analyzing data and to then propose and build solutions or interventions using solid research evidence. Therefore, we focus the curriculum on developing these practitioner capabilities and less on conducting academic research.
Courses are taught by a combination of our world-class faculty in the I-O Ph.D. program at UGA and practicing I-O Psychologists who work in Atlanta and the surrounding area. Class sessions are delivered on UGA’s Gwinnett campus on Friday afternoon from 3:30 to 7:00 and again on Saturday from 8:30 to 4:30 for five sessions per semester. Students must successfully complete 12 courses, consisting of 36 credit hours in order to graduate. The curriculum consists of several core I-O courses, up to two electives, and a practicum project. The electives will enable students to tailor some of their studies to their own interests or career needs.
The following illustrates typical coursework completed in two years. Students start the program in the Fall semester and are expected to progress with their cohorts. The curriculum is subject to change in any given year as we continue to adapt the program to emerging industry needs.
2 Courses per Semester
All Classes are 3 credit hours
Year 1, Fall
Intro to Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Organizational Research Methods I
Year 1, Spring
Testing & Measurements
Organizational Research Methods II
Year 1, Summer
Motivation & Engagement
Year 2, Fall
Competency Modeling and Evaluation
Year 2, Spring
Year 2, Summer
Practicum - Consulting Skills
Typical Elective Courses: Principles of Leadership, Diversity & Teams, and Organizational Change
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We only enroll new students starting in the Fall semester each year. Admission to the IOMP is very competitive. We strive to select students who will bring diverse perspectives to class and review the entirety of an application in making admissions decisions. Because the program is designed for working professionals and the assignments are designed for students to leverage with their own organizations, we give preference to applicants currently employed in professional jobs. Generally, you need at least two years of post-degree, professional experience to be considered for admission. The professional employment experience of our current I-O Master’s degree students ranges from 6 months to over thirty years, with an average of around eight years.
The type of work experience or job history does not matter as much as being able to bring your own perspective from your own unique work experience to the classroom and then apply the learning to it. Students who are the most successful tend to work in jobs where the employers or managers are supportive of them leveraging their learning to enhance their organizations.
Successful applicants to the I-O Master’s program must have a bachelor’s degree and typically have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. While students who majored in social sciences, statistics, or a business-related field are desirable applicants, we encourage applicants from all educational backgrounds. This enhances the diversity of thought in the classroom and the learning experience for all.
You must submit the following application information for the IOMP:
UGA Graduate School online application
Resume or Curriculum Vitae: Clearly detail your work history, education, and other achievements.
Statement of Purpose: Provide a statement of no more than two pages in length on why you want a graduate degree in this field, what you want to get out of the UGA program, and what you hope to achieve over your career.
Letter(s) of Recommendation: Submit name(s) and email address(es) via the online application. The system will send an email requesting those individuals to upload their letters. The system asks for three recommendation names. You are only required to submit one name for the IOMP but can submit up to three names. Submitting more than one recommendation letter can strengthen your application.
Transcript(s): One unofficial transcript from each university you’ve attended should be included as part of your online application. Unofficial transcripts not submitted as part of the online application must be mailed hard copy only to the UGA Graduate School.
GRE Scores: Scores for Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical are required. The Psychology Subject test is NOT required.
- GRE Waiver: If you have more than 5 consecutive years of full-time, professional work experience AND either a previously earned graduate degree from an accredited university or a cumulative undergraduate GPA above a 'B' average, you may request a waiver of the GRE requirement. To request this waiver, email email@example.com with your resume, unofficial transcript(s), and a brief explanation for your request.
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