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M.A. Program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Why Study I-O at Roosevelt University?

We know you have many choices both nationally and within the Chicagoland area when selecting an I-O graduate program. We also know we don’t have a flashy website to persuade you that our program is your best option. We're okay with that. In fact, we like our website just the way it is. Our I-O M.A. Program is about substance and providing students with outstanding graduate-level training. So our website is like our program – substance over style.

Here are a few reasons why we feel Roosevelt’s I-O M.A. program is world class:

  • Metropolitan Setting: Roosevelt allows you to study I-O in a major metropolitan area full of opportunities to apply what you’re learning and to get a great job once you have completed the program.

  • Organizational Effectiveness Consulting Center: The Roosevelt I-O Programs maintain an on-campus consulting center that matches M.A. students with applied projects and internship opportunities throughout the Chicagoland area. Just contact Dr. Di Spigno to get involved.

  • Dedicated I-O Faculty: Roosevelt currently has 7 faculty dedicated to the I-O program, and we’re conducting a search to hire another this year (2012-2013). Roosevelt I-O faculty have applied experiences with organizations all over the country AND they are research active (30 publications [in-press and print] since 2009). The program is built around the "Scientist-Practitioner Model" and is staffed with true I-O Scientist/Practitioners.

  • New I-O Ph.D. Program: Roosevelt’s new Ph.D. program (began in Fall 2012) is already increasing the applied and scholarly opportunities for students at the M.A. level.

  • Flexibility: Students can take courses at the Chicago and/or Schaumburg campuses. Students may be full time or part time. We admit students Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Our courses are scheduled in the evenings to accommodate working students.

  • Student Community: Your fellow students are an invaluable asset during your graduate training and after completing your degree. Our program cultivates student community through RIOPA, our lively student organization. Roosevelt students know each other. They hang out. They room together at SIOP. They go to White Sox games together. They study together. And those relationships continue as students enter the working world.

Program Description:

Our M.A. program is constructed according to the industry standard "Scientist-Practitioner Model." This means that students are trained in research methodology and quantitative approaches to organizational issues. Students are also trained to apply that knowledge in the workplace.

This approach prepares students for a number of options after they finish the program. Program graduates routinely take positions in:

  • Human resource departments 
  • I-O consulting firms 
  • The training and development field 
  • Doctoral study in I-O 

Program Curriculum:

Students must complete the following courses to complete the M.A. Degree:

  • Four (4) graduate Psychology courses at the 660 level (I-O Topics Courses): 12 credit hours
  • One (1) graduate Psychology course (400 level or higher): 3 credit hours
  • One (1) graduate course in Business, Public Administration or Psychology (400 level or higher): 3 credit hours
  • PSYC 407 Intermediate Statistics: 3 credit hours
  • PSYC 462 Organizational Psychology: 3 credit hours
  • PSYC 463 Personnel Psychology: 3 credit hours
  • PSYC 500 Advanced Statistics: 3 credit hours
  • PSYC 530 Advanced Research Methods: 3 credit hours
  • PSYC 690 Thesis OR PSYC 699 Internship: 3 credit hours

Program Total: 36 credit hours

Capstone experiences:

Students must complete a capstone to complete the program.

  • The internship option requires students to complete 600 hours of work in an organization and write a literature review paper under the supervision of an I-O faculty member.
  • The thesis option requires students to complete an original piece of primary research under the supervision of an I-O faculty member.
  • The course sequence option provides students the opportunity to complete an additional semester of I-O courses (beyond the program requirements outlined above). This option will be available on a limited basis to students beginning in the 2011–2012 academic year. 

Please meet with a program advisor or I-O faculty early in the program (or before you apply) if you have questions about the capstone options.

View the packets below for more information on the capstones:

Applying to the M.A. Program:

The program admits new students each fall, spring and summer semester, on both a full and part-time basis. 

PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIRES:

  • Completed application (click below)
  • Admissions essay 
  • GRE General Test Score
  • 3.0 Undergraduate GPA
  • 18 Undergraduate hours of Psychology, including Statistics and Research Methods

Roosevelt considers each applicant on an individual basis and seeks diversity in ethnic and cultural background, education and life experience, and sexual orientation. 

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

The I-O M.A. program accepts applications on a rolling basis for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. However, students should consider the following information carefully when preparing their application. 

Deadlines for students applying to start FALL SEMESTER:

  • Students can apply at any time prior to the start of Fall Semester, though we recommend you submit your program application at least two months prior to the start of the semester to allow time for processing your application. 

  • Students that wish to be considered for departmental Graduate Assistantships must complete both the program application and the graduate assistantship/scholarship applications by February 1st. Please note the February 1st deadline is different than the March 1st deadline on the application website. February 1st is the required deadline for the I-O M.A. program.

  • Students wishing to be considered for a Graduate Merit Scholarship (undergrad GPA above 3.5/4.0) are advised to complete both the program application and the graduate assistantship/scholarship applications by March 1st. Scholarship applications received after March 1st will be considered as funds are available. 

  • If you wish to be considered for both an assistantship and a scholarship, you only complete the assistantship/scholarship application once (they are the same application). Just be sure to indicate (check the boxes) on the application that indicate you want to be considered for both an assistantship and scholarship. 
Deadlines for students applying to start SPRING SEMESTER:
  • Students can apply at any time prior to the start of Spring Semester, though we recommend you submit your program application at least two months prior to the start of the semester to allow time for processing your application. 

  • Students wishing to be considered for a Graduate Merit Scholarship (undergrad GPA above 3.5/4.0) are strongly advised to complete both the program application and the graduate assistantship/scholarship applications by October 15th. Scholarship applications received after October 15th will be considered as funds are available.

Deadlines for students applying to start SUMMER SEMESTER:

  • Students can apply at any time prior to the start of Summer Semester, though we recommend you submit your program application at least two months prior to the start of the semester to allow time for processing your application.

Click Here to Apply to the M.A. Program in I-O Psychology

Applying for a Graduate Assistantship (Optional):

The I-O Program awards a limited number of assistantships annually to students studying I-O Psychology. Graduate assistants are compensated with (partial) tuition remission and a stipend to work directly with I-O faculty on research projects. 

Only students applying to start the I-O M.A. program during fall semester may be considered for a graduate assistantship. To be considered for the Graduate Assistantship applicants must complete BOTH the program application AND the Graduate Assistantship/Scholarship Application by February 1st. 

The assistantship/scholarship application requires:

PLEASE NOTE: 

  • ALL applicants must complete the application to the M.A. Program in I-O Psychology (above). Completing ONLY the application for assistantship/scholarship consideration DOES NOT constitute an application to the I-O M.A. Program. 
  • Students wishing to apply for BOTH a graduate assistantship and merit scholarship only need to complete the application once - Just be sure to indicate (check the boxes) on the application that indicate you want to be considered for both an assistantship and scholarship.

Applying for a Graduate Merit Scholarship (Optional):

Roosevelt offers a partial merit-based scholarship for incoming students with GPAs that are 3.5 and above (on a 4.0 scale).

The priority scholarship application deadline is March 1 for students applying to start the program during the Fall Semester, and October 15th for students applying to start the program in the Spring Semester. Students whose applications are received after the priority deadlines will be considered as funds are available. 

The assistantship/scholarship application requires:

PLEASE NOTE: 

  • ALL applicants must complete the application to the M.A. Program in I-O Psychology (above). Completing ONLY the application for assistantship/scholarship consideration DOES NOT constitute an application to the I-O M.A. Program. 
  • Students wishing to apply for BOTH a graduate assistantship and merit scholarship only need to complete the application once - Just be sure to indicate (check the boxes) on the application that indicate you want to be considered for both an assistantship and scholarship. 

Roosevelt University awards a very limited number of assistantships annually to students studying I-O Psychology. Graduate assistants work directly with faculty on research projects. The Graduate School also awards merit scholarships to applicants with an undergraduate GPA above 3.5. 

To be considered for either the Graduate Assistantship or Graduate Scholarships, applicants must complete the OPTIONAL Graduate Assistantship/Scholarship Application by February 1st. The assistantship/scholarship application requires:

PLEASE NOTE: ALL applicants must complete the application to the M.A. Program in I-O Psychology (above). Completing the application for assistantship/scholarship consideration does NOT constitute an application to the I-O M.A. Program.