Mission Statement

The M.S. degree in Industrial /Organizational Psychology is focused on the application of psychological principles to organizations. Major areas of emphasis include selection and training of employees; applied theories of organizational behavior including models of motivation, job satisfaction, and productivity; test theory and construction; assessment center technology; statistics and experimental design and a variety of current topics. Industrial/Organizational graduates are involved in many issues of critical importance to society including fairness in the selection and treatment of employees, the creation of work environments that maximize the satisfaction and productivity of employees, and the study of technological influences on, human performance.

Degree Requirements

The M.S. degree program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology is a four-semester program for full-time students. Both thesis and non-thesis options are offered. Both options consist of a minimum of 38 semester hours of work.

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Competitive Admissions

Generally the program receives 120-130 applicants. On average, we accept 16-18 applicants annually. The number of applicants we accept is based on resource availability. To improve your chances of being accepted make sure you provide evidence of academic ability, motivated performance, knowledge of the field, and possession of core skills through a careful review of transcripts, GRE scores, letters of reference, goal statements and resumes or vitae. Careful preparation of these documents ensures the best chance of admission.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admission requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  1. One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended
  2. Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years
  3. A bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology or allied area, or a baccalaureate degree with the completion of undergraduate courses in statistics and research methods, and preference of four additional upper-division psychology courses (12 credit hours)
  4. Resume
  5. One to two page goal statement that includes your reasons for choosing I/O as a career, your reasons for choosing our program specifically, and any relevant knowledge, skills, abilities and other experiences you have that might make you a good I/O student, practitioner, and/or researcher
  6. Three letters of recommendation, with at least two furnished by college or university professors who are acquainted with the applicant

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this program and faculty expertise to the applicant’s career/academic goals, and the applicant’s potential for completing the degree.

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Acceptance decisions are made only in the spring semester for admission in the fall semester of each year.


Our Handbook contains a wealth of information about our program, covering topics such as:

  • The Program Overview
  • The Thesis and Non-Thesis Research Process
  • Program Goals
  • Curriculum Goals
  • Program Milestones
  • Financial Assistance
  • and more

Program Contacts

Program Contact

Michael Chetta

Michael Chetta

Program Director


Program Assistant

Dani Draper

Dani Draper

Program Assistant


Alumni Highlights

Kristin Chase 03 Award

Kristin Chase ’03

In February, Kristin Chase ’03 was presented an Outstanding AlumKnights Award by the College of Sciences at their annual awards reception. The honor was based on her dedication to the UCF community and accomplishments in the field of psychology. Kristin serves as the Director of Organizational Development for Universal Orlando. We recently interviewed her to discuss her job, how UCF’s I/O Masters Program helped prepare her, and advice for current students.

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Internships & Employers

Internships and Employers of UCF Students and Graduates:

  • Adaptive Assessment Services
  • AlignMark
  • Amtis Inc.
  • Army Research Institute
  • Booz Allan Hamilton
  • Camber Corporation
  • CHI Systems, Inc.
  • City of Lakeland
  • City of Orlando
  • Cognitive Performance Group
  • CVS Caremark Corporation
  • Deloitte
  • Disney
  • Educational Testing Services
  • Exelon
  • Ford Motors
  • General Dynamics
  • Google
  • IBM
  • Institute for Simulation and Training
  • JetBlue
  • KAEGAN Corporation
  • Kenexa
  • K. Parks Consulting, Inc.
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Marriot Vacation Club
  • Mountain States Employers Council
  • NASA
  • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
  • Orange County Sherriff’s Office
  • Orlando Regional Hospital
  • Orlando Utilities Commission
  • Personnel Decisions, Inc.
  • Publix
  • RSK
  • Sears
  • Siemens
  • TalentKeepers
  • The Travelers Companies
  • Universal Studios
  • WLH Consulting
  • Workforce Central Florida
  • Clemson University, Department of Psychology
  • Florida Institute of Technology, College of Psychology
  • Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
  • John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers
  • Ozyegin University, Department of Psychology
  • Seattle Pacific University, Department of Psychology
  • Quinnipiac University, School of Business
  • University of North Texas at Dallas, Department of Business
  • University of South Florida, Department of Psychology and Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation
  • University of Texas at Arlington, Department of Psychology
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Medicine

Program Groups

Student Professionals for I/O Psychology

Student Professionals for I/O Psychology’s (SPIOP) mission is to promote graduate and undergraduate students’ understanding and involvement within the field of lndustrial/Organizational Psychology. SPIOP focuses on providing opportunities for students to exchange research, insights, and information related to the science, practice, and teaching of Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

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