Our Program

Core and competency-based courses build your foundation, while multidisciplinary electives allow you to focus on areas of expertise specific to your career goals.

Prepare for an exciting career in the fast-growing field of Industrial-Organizational Psychology. 

Whether your goal is to join the workforce as an I-O professional or enter a doctoral program to continue developing your research skills, the master’s program at UWF gets you ready for the next challenge.


Eligibility Requirements


  • Full consideration of graduate school applications is provided for submissions up to February 1st (for Fall enrollment) 
  • After February 1st, submissions are considered until incoming student positions are filled

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - Verbal and Quantitative

  • GRE-V at 40% or higher preferred
  • GRE-Q at 40% or higher preferred
  • Regarding GRE: We know that in some circumstances GRE scores do not accurately reflect a student's true potential. We will consider your application in its entirety.
  • Typically, GRE scores of applicants have ranged 65-70% for the GRE-Verbal, and around 48-54% for the GRE-Quantitative.

If you score lower but have other strong predictors, please apply anyway! We are a student-focused institution and value what each individual student can contribute to our program.  

Two letters of recommendation from faculty from whom you’ve taken a course (psychology preferred)

Letter of Intent (500-1000 words) should provide:

  • A narrative about why you’ve chosen an Industrial-Organizational Psychology career path, 
  • Your post-graduation professional goals, and 
  • Your rationale regarding how our UWF program can facilitate these goals.

A well-crafted Letter of Intent can also provide a context for any additional information you’d like to include.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

  • Overall 3.0 or better (average GPA has been around 3.61 out of 4)
  • Research Methods /Statistics courses on transcripts should show a minimum grade of a C 


  • Full consideration of graduate school applications is provided for submissions up to February 1st (for Fall enrollment) 
  • After February 1st, submissions are considered until incoming student positions are filled

Required Courses

  • Human Factors in Psychology  (EXP 5256)
  • Experimental and Correlational Statistics for Psychology  (EXP 5735)
  • Legal Issues in I-O  (INP 5131)
  • Personnel Selection & Appraisal  (INP 6216)
  • Training and Development  (INP 6325)
  • Group Dynamics  (INP 6385)
  • Research Design in Psychology  (PSY 6217)
  • Internship or Thesis  (PSY 6948 or PSY 6971)
  • Organizational Change and Development  (SOP 6668)
  • Advanced Organizational Psychology  (SOP 6669)

Possible Elective Opportunities (with approval)

  • Advanced Communication Leadership  (COM 6207)
  • Human Resources in Healthcare  (HSA 6342)
  • Decision Making in Healthcare  (HSA 6435)
  • Business Data Management  (ISM 5208)
  • Big Data Mining: A Managerial Perspective  (ISM 6136)
  • Business Analytics  (ISM 6137)
  • Compensation and Benefits  (MAN 5331)
  • Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health  (PHC 5355)
  • Supervised Research  (PSY 6917)
  • Advanced Social Psychology  (SOP 6069)


Course Sequence

Our engaging curriculum focuses on providing you with real-world, applied experiences involving local organizations and reflects the latest I-O competencies recommended by SIOP. 

Students enter in the fall of their first year and typically graduate in May or August of their second year (5 semesters). Students have the choice of completing a thesis or an internship.  Students choosing the internship option generally do internships during their second spring semester. 

Recommended Course Sequence 

Students generally take 9 hours of coursework per semester. 
While there is some flexibility, students are strongly encouraged to adhere to the following recommended course sequence:


  • INP 6325 Training and Development
  • SOP 6669 Advanced Organizational Psychology
  • Elective


  • PSY 5735  Experimental and Correlational Statistics for Psychology
  • PSY 6217 Research Design in Psychology
  • SOP 6668 Organizational Change and Development


  • EXP 5256 Human Factors in Psychology
  • Elective
  • Elective or Thesis option


  • INP 5131 Legal Issues in I-O
  • INP 6216 Personnel Selection & Appraisal
  • INP 6385 Group Dynamics
  • PSY 6971 Thesis option


  • PSY 6948 Internship


  • PSY 6971 Thesis
  • Elective

Got Questions? We’d love to hear from you at psych@uwf.edu

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