Can I enroll in the program part-time?
No. This is a full-time program and therefore serious commitment to graduate training is expected.
What is the length of the program?
The MS program takes 2-3 years to complete.
Is a thesis required?
Yes, all master’s students are required to complete and present a thesis project.
What are the requirements of a master’s thesis?
A master’s thesis involves the design of an original empirical study, data analysis, and a write-up of the study hypotheses and findings. The thesis must fulfill the requirements of the Graduate School, described in the Graduate Catalog.
What are some examples of former students’ thesis titles?
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Demands and Fatigue: The Moderating Effects of Extraversion, Conscientiousness, and Neuroticism
- Display Rules, Surface Acting, and Self-Monitoring: What Makes for a More Effective and Less Exhausted Employee?
- Multitasking Under Stress: The Moderating Effect of Polychronicity in the Relationship Between Job Demands and Work Outcomes
- Cultural Moderation of the Relationships between High-Performance Work Systems and Firm-Level Performance Outcomes
- Should You Fake It till You Make It? How Climate of Authenticity, Self-Efficacy, and Personality Influence the Effects of Surface Acting
- The Effect of Gender and Social Class on Work Values: Mediated by Person and Thing Orientation
- Customer Service Performance: The Effects of Support, Emotion Regulation Strategy, and Empowerment
- The Influence of Gender and Leadership Style on Follower Preferences
Will I have to take Comprehensive Exams?
No. You will not be required to take Comprehensive Exams to complete the program.
Is an internship required?
Yes, an essential component of graduate training in Applied Psychology is an internship experience, which provides students with an opportunity to apply their classroom training in an actual field setting and gain new skills.
Will I get help finding an internship and/or job after graduation?
Yes, the Internship Coordinator notifies students when local internships become available. Many students find internships where previous students interned/currently work. It is ultimately the responsibility of the student to obtain a job/internship, but the Internship Coordinator, Faculty Internship Advisor, and strong alumni network will be useful resources in your search.
What jobs do graduates typically pursue after graduation?
Recent graduates typically pursue work for public or private sector jobs, including both internal consulting (HR) or external consulting roles. The types of jobs that our alumni hold vary widely. We encourage you to explore the Alumni and Students page to learn more about where our students are employed.
Will this program prepare me for a PhD?
The MS is a terminal degree program, so MS students typically do not go into a Ph.D. program but rather enter the workforce after graduation. However, the Master’s program can prepare students for doctoral studies by providing a strong foundation in research methodology and quantitative analysis through research involvement and course work.
Are assistantships available to master’s students?
Yes, teaching and research assistantships have been typically available to most students.
Do students typically work while enrolled in the program?
Students do not typically work while enrolled, as this is a full-time program. Funding in the form of assistantships is typically available so that students can give their full attention to their graduate studies. Additionally, students complete an (oftentimes paid) internship over the summer between their first and second year.
What are the I-O classes like?
I-O classes have a seminar structure, unlike typical lecture-based classes. They are designed to be interactive and include student-led discussions. Typical course requirements may include assigned readings from research material, academic critiques, debates, presentations, group projects, papers, discussion leads, and more.
How can I get involved in research within the program? Do students work with specific faculty members?
Yes, upon admission to the program, each student is assigned a faculty research mentor. It is expected that the student will work in the mentor’s laboratory to gain research experience and to work toward development of a master’s thesis.
How many credits do I take each semester?
Each semester students take 2-4 classes and are enrolled in credits related to their research/thesis work. Here is an example of a typical course load for the first semester in the program.
- PSY 600 Research Orientation (1 unit)
- PSY 670A/670B or PSY 770A/770B Advanced Statistics (3 units)
- PSY 621 Seminar in Personnel or Organizational Psychology (3 units)
- PSY 630 Seminar in Organizational Research and Ethics (3 units)
- PSY 797 Research (2-3 units)