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

How to Apply

Application Deadline

Fall semester April 1

Start your 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 required (This requirement is for all applicants and can be arranged for remote testing through the Educational Testing Service, even during the pandemic)
  • GRE Psychology Subject Test scores (The Educational Testing Service is not offering subjects tests at this time). Those who do not have an undergraduate degree in psychology are required to submit documentation of prior academic experience with contemporary psychological concepts, theories, methods, and approaches. You may demonstrate this experience via any of the following:
    • An undergraduate degree or minor in psychology.
    • GRE Psychology Subject Test scores (note that the Subject Test will not be offered again until April 2021, but if you have existing scores you may submit them).
    • Three or more undergraduate or graduate courses in any area of psychology above the 100 level (or equivalent) with grades of B or higher.
    • Other evidence that you provide to demonstrate relevant knowledge or experience (e.g., independent study; substantial and relevant work, internship, or volunteer experience, etc.). Please explain, in detail, in your personal statement what your prior experience with psychology consists of and why you are confident that you can work comfortably with psychological terms and concepts at the graduate level. Provide documentation where available and appropriate (you can upload “Other Supplementary Materials” as part of your application).

Note: 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 Prepare Application Materials

Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online.

  • 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.

  • GRE scores
    As soon as you receive your scores from the Educational Testing Service, you can self-report your scores in the online application. If recommended for admission, you must submit your official test scores through the Educational Testing Service.

  • Psychology Subject Test scores (if applicable)
    If you have an undergraduate degree in psychology OR three or more undergraduate or graduate psychology courses (above the 100 level or equivalent) with grades of B or higher, the psychology subject test is not required. You can self-report your scores in the online application. If recommended for admission, you must submit your official test scores through the Educational Testing Service.

  • 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.

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

3 Complete Online Application

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. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Select "Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology (M.I.O.P) – 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.

GRE Psychology Subject Test scores
If you have an undergraduate degree in psychology 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.

5 Request Official Transcripts

Request one official transcript of all collegiate work completed from all institutions attended. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or gradadmissions@colostate.edu if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary)
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

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.

For International Applicants

Proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants from countries or United States territories where there are official languages other than (or in addition to) English. This includes the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about English language proficiency requirements.