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

Frequently Asked Questions

I have not been admitted to the MAIOP degree program. Is it possible for me to enroll in courses anyway?

Yes, you are permitted to enroll in a maximum of 9 credits (3 courses) prior to admission to the degree, but only with the permission of the program director. The course(s) count towards completion of the degree if you choose to apply for admission, per University transfer policy; however, successful performance in your course(s) does not ensure admission to the program.

Is it possible to transfer credit from another institution into the MAIOP program?

All requests for transfer credit must be submitted to the Department of Psychology and will be reviewed by an academic advisor. 29 of the 38 credits required for the degree must be completed after you are admitted.

Do I have to write a thesis?

No, a thesis is not required. In this coursework-only program, you will spend your time refining your industrial/organizational consulting skills through applied research and consulting projects with real organizations.

Do I need to take the GRE?

Yes. Both the GRE General and Psychology Subject Tests are required. A GRE Preparation course is available face-to-face and online through CSU. Learn more about admission and application requirements »

I've taken the GMAT but not the GRE. Does the GMAT meet admission requirements for this program?

The GMAT does not meet the admission requirements for the MAIOP program. Prospective applicants for the MAIOP program must take the GRE General and Psychology Subject tests.

How difficult are the MAIOP courses?

The courses are designed to keep you actively learning through assignments and student interaction, so you will have a lot to do! However, much care is taken to ensure that the assignments are relevant to learning the material with high applicability to your future career and educational aspirations.

Does this industrial/organizational psychology degree prepare me for a Ph.D.?

No, this is a terminal master's program and is not intended to be a precursor to a doctoral program.

However, students enrolled in our MAIOP program are eligible to apply to the on-campus CSU industrial/organizational psychology Ph.D. program. While consideration for admission is based on your performance at the master's level and participation in research, the CSU doctoral program will place a strong emphasis on GRE scores, prior research experience, and your personal statement. Those considering enrollment in the MAIOP degree and considering doctoral studies are encouraged to contact program faculty to explore research opportunities while in the program.

Is the industrial/organizational psychology degree program accredited?

Yes. All Colorado State University degrees are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

Since accreditation is primarily an issue for health care practitioners, and the primary "client" of an industrial/organizational psychologist is an organization, the American Psychological Association (APA) does not accredit graduate programs in industrial/organizational psychology.

How will this program help me find a new job?

This program combines extensive curriculum in industrial/organizational psychology with applied projects to provide experience in a field in which the job market is very strong. Also, industrial/organizational psychologists do not require licensure to practice allowing you to immediately utilize your knowledge from the degree. Learn more about career opportunities »

Where can I learn more about the field of industrial/organizational psychology?

A good resource for occupational information is O*NET. The O*NET database provides a list of expected tasks, knowledge required, wage and employment trends, and typical work activities that will help you better understand the field of industrial/organizational psychology.

The Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology website also has many helpful resources.

Why is the program called a Master of Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology and not a Master of Arts in Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology?

The degree classification of "applied" designates this as a practitioner program and is meant to distinguish it from other more research-intensive programs.

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