Industrial/Organizational Psychology Master of Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology (M.A.I.O.P.)

How to Apply

Pre-application Deadline

Fall semester April 1

Start your pre-application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1 Review Admission Requirements

The industrial/organizational psychology (MAIOP) degree requires applicants to have the following:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • A 3.0 GPA on all undergraduate coursework
  • A grade of B or higher for an undergraduate course in industrial psychology, organizational psychology, human resource management (business), or organizational behavior (business)
  • A grade of B or higher for an undergraduate course in statistics
  • GRE scores are required.
  • GRE Psychology Subject Test scores
    • If you have an undergraduate degree in psychology, have completed an IOP graduate certificate from CSU, OR have taken any three IOP courses from CSU (and received a grade B or higher), the psychology subject test is not required.

Note that meeting the minimum department standards does not ensure admission to the program. Admission to Colorado State University graduate programs is based on a number of factors, including prior academic and professional experience and the personal statement.

2 Submit Department Pre-Application

Gather all of the following materials and complete the Department of Psychology Pre-Application. All documents except your official transcripts can be uploaded online. Letters of recommendation are requested and processed online as well.

  • Resume or vita
    Indicate your education, training, and work experience.

  • Statement of purpose
    The statement of purpose should be about two pages double-spaced, although this is a loose guideline. It should describe:
    • How you became interested in industrial/organizational psychology.
    • What you want to gain from our graduate program.
    • Why you are interested in pursuing a career in industrial/organizational psychology.
  • Writing sample
    The writing sample should include a sample of your scientific writing ability such as a senior honors thesis, term paper from a psychology course, laboratory report from an experimental course, or some similar material. Should you not have an existing writing sample, you can submit a 6-8 page double-spaced paper on an I/O psychology-related topic, such as an empirically-supported position paper or an I/O psychology-related literature review.

  • Provide PDF copy of GRE scores
    As soon as you receive your scores from the Educational Testing Service, upload a photocopy or screenshot to the Department of Psychology Pre-application.

    Be sure the photocopy or screenshot shows your name, address, and scores from all previous test dates. The highest possible scores for each test are used, even if taken on different test dates.

  • Provide PDF copy of Psychology Subject Test scores (if applicable)
    If you have an undergraduate degree in psychology, have completed an IOP graduate certificate from CSU, OR have taken any three IOP courses from CSU (and received a grade B or higher), the psychology subject test is not required.

  • Three letters of recommendation
    Three professional recommendations are required. Recommenders should about your abilities and potential for graduate study. You will provide information about your recommenders in the online pre-application. CSU will contact them with instructions and a link to a secure form they will submit on your behalf.

  • Transcripts
    In the pre-application, you will enter the schools you have attended and degrees you have earned within a transcript section. This informs the department to expect official transcripts from these schools.

    Contact every institution you have attended and request they mail one official transcript of all collegiate work completed at that institution, whether or not you earned a degree. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Official transcripts can either be mailed in or sent as e-transcripts. International students must ensure official copies include a certified translation into English (only one set of transcripts is required).

    Mail to:
    Linda Thornton
    Graduate Admissions
    Department of Psychology
    Colorado State University
    1876 Campus Delivery
    Fort Collins, CO 80523-1876

View your Department of Psychology Pre-application at any time to ensure all materials have been submitted.

Pre-applications are reviewed after the April 1 deadline by the Department of Psychology. If you are recommended to apply for admission, move on to Step 3.

3 Complete Online Application

Finalize your online application only if the Psychology Graduate Admissions Committee has recommended that you formally apply (based on your pre-screening in the previous step).

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. You do not need to wait for recommendations or transcripts to move your application forward.

  • Select "Psychology - Appld Indstrl/Orgnztnl Psych MAIOP – Distance" when choosing the program of study.

4 Submit test scores

  • GRE General scores
    Submit official GRE General Test scores through the Educational Testing Service (select institution code: 4075, leave the department code blank). Scores are typically received by the University 4-6 weeks after your testing date.
    • GRE General scores must be provided before the deadline.
    • A GRE Preparation course is available face-to-face and online through CSU.
  • GRE Psychology Subject Test scores
    • If you have an undergraduate degree in psychology, have completed an IOP graduate certificate from CSU, OR have taken any three IOP courses from CSU (and received a grade B or higher), the psychology subject test is not required.
    • GRE Subject Test scores can be provided after the application deadline.

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.

Information for International Students

Official test scores

Colorado State University requires that proficiency in English language be demonstrated either by the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE academic tests prior to admission. Please submit one of the official scores from the list below. Scores must be taken within two years prior to admission and submitted directly from the Educational Testing Service (select institution code: 4075).

  • The minimum TOEFL score for admission without condition is 550 (paper-based), or 80 (internet-based).
  • The minimum IELTS score for admission without condition is 6.5.
  • The minimum PTE Academic score for admission without condition is 58.

In general, all applicants from countries in which English is not the official language, and who do not have an undergraduate degree from a country in which the official language is English (Canada, U.K., Australia, USA, New Zealand, etc.), must submit one of the official test scores from the list above.

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