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Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

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Why Industrial-Organizational Psychology?

The philosophy of our program is to provide the knowledge and skills required to analyze, understand and solve a wide variety of behavioral problems that occur in organizations. The program is based on the scientist-practitioner model, preparing students for future employment in industry, as well as training at the doctoral level. The curriculum includes extensive training in quantitative methods and theory, behavioral measurement and theory, professional affairs, research, and practice. Research experience is directed at conceptualizing and solving applied organizational problems and culminates in a required empirical thesis. Additionally, required practica available throughout the St. Louis area are oriented toward giving students applied, realistic skills and experiences to develop viable and effective performance in an organizational context.

I/O Psychology at SIUE

SIUE's I/O master's program offers a rare blend of the scientist-practitioner model, requiring students to complete both a research-based thesis and required field hours of practicum. All required classes incorporate this mix of research and application and often feature applied projects. Further, SIUE's location, just 23 miles from downtown St. Louis, Missouri, offers the opportunity for professional endeavors and networking, balanced by a quiet, semi-rural environment conducive to study.

Practicum Sites

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St. Louis offers SIUE students many opportunities for internships and employment. Several major corporations have their headquarters in the St. Louis area and the city continues to attract new businesses of all types. Students have obtained practica at several area organizations, including Nestle Purina, XtraLease, Hussman Corporation, The National Archives, Fleishman-Hillard, Psychological Associates, Nestle Purina, Rabo AgriFinance, SunEdison, EASI Consulting, National Archives, Hortica, Maritz, and CMA Consulting.

Career Outlook

Most graduates of the program leave with a master's degree and go to work immediately in a corporate setting, either in a human resources department, organizational development/training department, or management consulting. Additionally, some of our students pursue doctoral study.

Student Research

Our faculty are active in research and publication, often with student co-authors. For a list of recent publications, click here.  Students are encouraged to participate in research beyond their thesis.  They may work with faculty on research teams or design and conduct their own research under faculty sponsorship.  Students regularly present their research at conferences such as those sponsored by the Midwestern Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Students also present on campus at events such as the Graduate Student Research Symposium and Psi Chi Paper Presentation Session.

Recent Thesis Titles

  • Using Facebook in Hiring Decisions: Applicant Privacy and Perceptions of the Organization.
  • Organizational Punishment for Sexual Harassment: Different for Men and Women?
  • The Effect of Interviewer's Sex and Gender on Interview Anxiety and Performance. 
  • The Glass Cliff: The Effects of Gender and Group Decision Making on Leadership Appointment Outcomes.
  • Work/Non-Work Practices and Employee's Perceptions of Organizational Attractiveness:  The Roles of Perceived Organizational Support, Work/Non-Work Interference, and Work/Non-Work Enrichment. 
  • Attracting All Ages: Considering How Generational Differences Impact Organizational Attractiveness. 
  • The Relationship between Introversion-Extraversion and Burnout: Is Social Support a Mediator and is Emotional Intelligence a Moderator? 
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Work: The Perceived Impact of Workplace Romance Policies, Sex, and Empathy of Fairness and Employee Performance.
  • The Impact of Interviewer Characteristics and Interview Support on Perceptions of Organizational Attractiveness and Anxiety.
  • The Relationship between Organizational Culture, In-Role Expectations, and Helping Behavior.


Our students have a strong record of obtaining 10 and 20 hour a week assistantships that cover the two years of the program.  All assistantships include a tuition waiver and typically involve working as a teaching or research assistant, or working in administration.  Additionally, some of our students have secured external assistantships working in local businesses and organizations.

Program Faculty

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How to Apply

Please visit our Application Information page for admission requirements and procedures.

Invited Open House, February 27th, 2015

Each year selected applicants will be invited to a daylong Open House to meet the faculty, current students, tour the campus and facilities and learn more about our program.  This event is by invitation only and attendance is strongly encouraged.  This year the Open House will be held on Friday, February 27th, 2015.

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