Appalachian’s Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management (IOHRM) program is an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree offered by two departments: Appalachian’s Department of Psychology and Department of Management. It prepares professionals for work in business, industry and government.
The curriculum follows the educational guidelines for master’s level training of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology and the Society for Human Resource Management.
As a student, you will receive specialized training in human resource management with emphases on developing knowledge of theories, methods and research findings derived from the behavioral sciences. The program will prepare you to apply this knowledge to address organizational activities such as selection, placement and motivation of employees; training and development; performance appraisal; and development and change of organizations.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, industrial-organizational psychology has faster-than-average growth through 2024 (Source: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/19-3032.00).
More detailed information is available through the IOHRM program website link below.
Course titles and information can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.
Required Entrance Exam: GRE (score must be no more than 5 years old)
Required number of references to specify in the online form: 3
Supplemental Information: Resume (Required upload for application submission); two page statement describing academic and professional goals not to exceed 2 pages (upload on the Additional Information page in the online application); completion of courses in General Psychology and Introductory Statistics.
Basic Conditions for Consideration of Admission: Meeting or exceeding the conditions below does NOT guarantee admission. All applications for a given entry term will be weighed based upon the number of seats available and the quality of the complete application packages. With special permission from the Graduate School, a program may admit a limited number of students with exceptional circumstances who do not meet the graduate school minimums.
Graduate School: 3.0 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores from the appropriate admission test(s), OR 2.5 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores at the 25th percentile level from the appropriate admission test(s).
Admission to I-O Psychology: Both qualitative and quantitative aspects of applications are reviewed in comparison to the current applicant pool.
- Marathon Petroleum
- Defense Logistics Agency
- ATI Specialty Materials
- UTC Aerospace Systems
- Northrup Grumman
- North Highland Management Consulting
- Spring: x
- Summer Session 1: x
- Summer Session 2: x
- Fall: 4/1 (2/15)
The priority application deadline in parentheses above must be met for early consideration in the review process.
- This is the only cross-disciplinary I-O Psychology and Human Resource Management master’s degree program in the country.
- Graduates typically find work in I-O psychology and HR-related fields before graduation or within 6 months of graduation.
- An internship is required, giving practical experience for the workplace. Recent sites include Delhaize, Volvo Financial Services, T-Mobile, Marriott International, Texas Instruments and Reynolds America.
- A master’s thesis is optional.
- Approximately 92% students complete the program in less than 2 years (100% in 2 years plus one semester).
- All graduate programs at Appalachian have small class sizes, providing intimate classroom interaction.
- The School of Graduate Studies offers scholarships, fellowships and assistantships to support eligible, full-time, degree-seeking students.
Method of Delivery
- Change Management Consultant
- Compensation Analyst
- HR Business Partner
- HR Coordinator
- HR Specialist
- Instructional Designer
- Training and Development Specialist
Dr. Tim Huelsman