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Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The deadline for completed applications for the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Graduate programs is January 5th.

If you want to apply for the MS or MA/Ph.D. with a concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, you will apply at:

 (Please specify in your “statement of purpose” if you plan to pursue the Master’s only or both the Master’s and Ph.D. at UNO.)


Graduate Degree Programs

There are three degree programs offered in I/O Psychology. I/O Psychology graduate students number from 25-35, with approximately one-third of the students pursuing each of the three graduate degrees in any given year. Applicants are required to indicate the degree program to which they are applying, but it is important to note that students can apply to switch program tracks after they are enrolled.

Master of Science (M.S.):

Graduate students enrolling in this 2-year, 36-hour program are those seeking employment in applied settings (e.g., Human Resource Departments, Training and Organizational Development Departments, Consulting firms) immediately following completion of the Masters Program. Research is encouraged though not required to complete this program. M.S. students are therefore not eligible for admission to the Ph.D. program. In lieu of a Master’s thesis, students receive practicum credit for writing a technical report on a 150-hour applied project they conduct in an organization.

Master of Arts (M.A.):

This 36-hour program is typically pursued by students who ultimately want to earn a Ph.D. Unlike the M.S. degree program, the M.A. requires completion of an empirical research project (thesis). Program requirements are usually fulfilled in 2 to 3 years. M.A. students are typically admitted with the expectation that they will continue their studies in the Ph.D. program.

Doctoral Program (Ph.D):

Students completing their M.A. in our program, as well as students with Master’s degrees from other I/O Psychology departments can apply to this program. The doctoral program requires an additional 54 credit hours beyond the 36 hours for a Masters. Students typically complete their Ph.D. work in 3-4 years beyond the M.A. A student pursuing both an M.A. and a Ph.D. at UNO would need to take a total of 90 semester hours. The semester hours include course credit for two practicum/internship experiences as well as dissertation and other research. The majority of recent Ph.D. graduates have sought employment in applied settings, while others have pursued jobs in research firms and academia. Please send all application materials to the UNO Psychology Department.


Program Information

The Industrial/Organizational Program faculty possess a breadth of knowledge, expertise and experience in both research and applied settings. We also have strong ties to faculty in the College of Business and the College of Information Science and Technology, and have forged partnerships with a variety of businesses and organizations within and outside the Omaha area.

The success of our graduate students is very important to us. Graduate students are mentored by both faculty and senior students. Consistent with the researcher-practitioner model, we provide opportunities for a variety of research and field experiences in addition to relevant course work. Students are also encouraged to become involved in local and national professional societies appropriate to their career goals. Graduates of our program have secured a variety of positions in industry, consulting firms, and academia. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Roni Reiter-Palmon.