Master of Arts (M.A.): Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Our Master of Arts (M.A.) in Psychology with emphasis on Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology prepares you as a Human Resources (HR) or I-O professional. We are a top ranking Master's program focused on applied projects and internships. With an alumni network spanning over four decades, our graduates hold great jobs in corporate HR, consulting firms, government, and research institutions, or pursue doctoral degrees.

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Program Requirements

UWF Course Catalog

Admission Requirements

  • Graduate school requirements
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Your Personal Statement
  • Success in prior psychology and research methods courses
  • GRE Verbal and Quantitative
    • Temporary option of interview instead of GRE due to COVID

The I-O Master’s Program only accepts new students in the Fall semester. We currently do not admit students in the Spring, but we would love to meet with you during the Spring semester to discuss your options and answer your questions.

I-O Master's Program Admission Deadlines
2021 Fall2022 Fall2023 Fall
Priority deadline for funding considerations:
Monday, February 1st, 2021

Final deadline:
Thursday, July 15th, 2021
Priority deadline for funding considerations:
Tuesday, February 1st, 2022

Final deadline:
Friday, July 15th, 2022
Priority deadline for funding considerations:
Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

Final deadline:
Saturday, July 15th, 2023

Graduate openings are limited, and we accept 15-20 students per cohort per year. This is first come first serve, so get your applications in earlier rather than later. If you have any questions, contact:

Department of Psychology Contact:
Dr. Valerie Morganson, I-O Coordinator
Phone: 850-474-2363
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Why Our I-O Program?

According to Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, our program is ranked:

  • 2nd in Applied Experiences
    Real-world experience working with local organizations
  • 5th in Overall Quality
    Addressing all 25 competencies in I-O psychology
  • Among Top National Programs in Student Satisfaction & Culture
    Flexible eligibility requirements, active UWF I-O Master's Alumni network, UWF SHRM Student chapter, hiking trails, nature preserve, close to beaches

Program Highlights

  • Open to variety of Bachelors’ backgrounds
  • Classes are predominantly in-person, synchronous, and highly interactive
  • Complete the Master of Arts, I-O Concentration in 42 semester hours
  • Build confidence in your skills as a consultant apprentice
  • Boost your professional resume with applied projects with local businesses
  • Join our interdisciplinary network of I-O and HR practitioners
  • Get ready to make a difference in today’s workplaces through positive organizational change, solid assessment techniques, and a supportive community of learners


"I had several opportunities to translate what I was learning in my coursework to real-world, applied projects with the support of faculty and staff. Those projects taught me to anticipate and plan for the challenges that emerge during applied I-O work."

~ Kahla Davis, Class of 2018 Selection Analyst, State of California

"UWF's I/O Psychology Graduate Program one of the things I appreciate most is the curriculum we received. It is designed to encompass the scientist-practitioner model that so many other programs try to emulate. The importance of this mixed approach has been highlighted in my cohort's transition into our professional careers, the success of previous students, and the variety of opportunities we've been able to embrace since then."

~ Ramses R. Corzo, Class of 2017
HR Business Analyst, The Adecco Group

"The highly skilled professors go above and beyond for students and provide real world hands-on experience that is unique to the program. If you are interested in I-O Psychology and passionate about research and/or applied work, I strongly encourage you to apply for this program. It is one of the best investments I have made!"

~ Danielle Woods, Class of 2018
ISD Talent Development and Communication Team Analyst, Navy Federal Credit Union