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Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program

I/O Program at a Glance  ♦  Program Mission  ♦  Program Description  ♦  Admission Requirements  ♦  Tuition and Financial Aid  ♦  Research  ♦  Applied Experience  ♦  Alumni & Students  ♦  Program Faculty  ♦  Newsletter

The EKU I-O Program is moving to a fully online program beginning in Fall 2017.  If you are interested in the I-O program at EKU, please contact Dr. Jaime Henning at or 859-622-8178.

I/O Program Curriculum

The M.S. Degree in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology is a fully online program including 36 credit-hours of coursework in industrial psychology, organizational psychology, research methods, and professional skill development.

Our Program at a Glance

  • Format: Online courses
  • Credit Hours: 36
  • Faculty: 3 core I-O faculty
  • Capstone: Required
  • Internship: Encouraged

I/O Program Curriculum

Why I-O at EKU?

  • Numerous opportunities to work closely with faculty members
  • Flexibility in pace of completion
  • Opportunities through the Center for Applied Psychology and Workforce Development (CAPP)
  • A focus on, and opportunities for, professional development
  • High graduate placement rate

Program Mission

The mission of the Master of Science degree program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology is to offer graduate education which provides advanced study in the behavioral science of psychology, generally, and in industrial and organizational psychology, specifically.  The scientist-practitioner program prepares high-quality professionals with a foundation in theories, methods, and research findings of basic and applied psychology and with the skills to effectively apply this knowledge in private and public sector organizations. Graduates are trained to work in various activities for improving an organization’s effectiveness, to conduct research and be sophisticated consumers of research, and to pursue doctoral level training.

Program Description

The M.S. Degree in I-O Psychology is an online program including coursework in research methods, industrial psychology, organizational psychology, and professional skills. The capstone course serves the dual purpose of allowing students to integrate knowledge and skills developed through course work and put into practice in real-world work situations. The program prepares graduates to work in a variety of areas, including: human resource management, consulting, data analysis, employee recruitment and selection, testing and development, training and development, performance appraisal and development, organizational development, change management, job design and evaluation, compensation and benefits, among others.

The Department of Psychology at Eastern Kentucky University offers a stimulating and sup­portive environment for graduate study. Students are encouraged to collaborate with faculty in research and other academic and professional activities.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for the proposed program include:

  • Graduation from an accredited institution with a bachelor’s degree.
  • A minimum of two undergraduate psychology courses including statistics and one upper division psychology course [comparable courses in relevant disciplines (e.g., Business) will be considered].*
  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75, and 3.0 overall in the last 60 hours of the bachelor’s program. Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher are exempt from the GRE requirement.
  • Targeted Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of 149 or above on the Verbal section and 144 or above on the Quantitative section.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation providing evidence of academic potential from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic or employment experience.
  • A statement of career goals and objectives demonstrating academic potential and appropriate interests.
  • Curriculum Vita/Resume

The Application Process

Application deadlines for the I-O Master’s Program are:

  • Fall Term A – August 5. Classes start in August.
  • Fall Term B – October 5. Classes start in October.
  • Spring Term A – January 5. Classes start in January.
  • Spring Term B – March 5. Classes start in March.

Part I: Apply to EKU

  1. Start your EKU Graduate School Application.
  2. Complete the supporting documents:
  • Professional References - Within the application, you will be prompted to enter email addresses for three professional references. Select individuals who can provide evidence of academic potential who are familiar with your academic or employment experience. An electronic reference form will be emailed to each reference when the application is submitted.
  • Career Goals and Objectives statement. A personal statement will be submitted as a part of the online application. Please provide a personal statement addressing your academic experiences, professional goals, and an explanation of why the field of I-O psychology, and specifically the EKU I-O Psychology Online Program, is a good fit for you. Below are some additional questions to consider as you construct your response.
    • What personal characteristics do you possess that you believe are important to the practice of I-O psychology?
    • Do you possess any particular strengths that you feel will be an asset to you in graduate school? 
    • What are your professional goals and how do they match the mission of our program?
    • Describe any experiences that have particularly prepared you for graduate study in I-O psychology (e.g., work experience, research experience, particular coursework, etc.).
    • If you feel that any portion of your application does not accurately reflect your academic skills or preparation for graduate school in psychology (e.g., GRE, GPA, etc.), please explain in your personal statement.

  3. Curriculum Vitae/Resume. The CV/resume will be submitted as a part of online application.

Part II: Send Documents

1. If applicable, have your GRE scores sent to EKU.

2. Contact any and all colleges or universities that you have attended and request that your transcripts be sent directly to EKU at the address below. Most schools have an online request form for this service. Transcripts sent to a student and then delivered to EKU will not be accepted. Each transcript must bear the original signature of the authorized official, along with the seal of the institution, and must be sent to EKU directly from the issuing institutionTranscripts are not required for courses taken at EKU.

All transcripts should be sent to:

EKU Graduate School
310 Whitlock Building CPO 68
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475

For more information or questions regarding the application and admission process, please contact:

Dr. Jaime Henning
Program Coordinator, I-O Psychology Master’s Program
521 Lancaster Ave.
127 Cammack Building
Richmond, KY 40475

Tuition and Financial Aid

Program Costs

  • 36 credit hours are required to complete the program.
  • $611 per credit hour.


The EKU I-O Program encourages students to be involved with research activities. We aim to help students:

Foster an empirical approach to the practice of I-O psychology. The skills and experience acquired in carrying out a research project are directly applicable to the problem of establishing accountability in the practice of I-O psychology.

Develop the skills necessary for critically evaluating the research literature. The ability to locate and digest relevant research can significantly enhance one’s effectiveness as a practitioner and consumer of research.

Applied Experience

An important component of the program is the practica requirement. Students have opportunities to apply skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom to projects for businesses and organizations through a supervised field experience. Practica experiences are core components of the I-O psychology program, and students are required to complete six credit hours of practica.

Center for Applied Psychology and Workforce Development (CAPP)

Graduate students who are enrolled in the EKU I-O Graduate Program have an opportunity to work on projects at CAPP as an Associate Consultant.

Alumni and Students

Alumni of our program are employed at organizations such as:

Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Brown-Forman, Catholic Health Initiatives, CEB, Eastern Kentucky University, KellyOCG, KentuckyOne Health, Mansfield Oil Company, Mercer, Olympic Steel, Select International, Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, University of Kansas, U.S. Department of State

For more news about our current students and alumni, please check our newsletter.

Program Faculty


Listen to what a graduate student and practicum client have to say about our program!

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