Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology Degree program at Austin Peay State University is designed for students that wish to pursue careers in industry or the government, among other areas. Graduates should also be prepared for positions in personnel selection, training and development, performance appraisal, and team performance and leadership. Students are able to complete this program entirely online. The flexibility of delivery is intended to aid working students in coordinating busy schedules.

This program follows the guidelines for education and training at the master's level as set forth by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. It is the goal of this program to produce graduates that will be able to carry out the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of psychology-based human resource interventions in organizations. Graduates will be exposed to research and current materials in order to be prepared for entry level positions as Master's level I-O Psychology Practitioners in business, industry, and government.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Admission to the College of Graduate Studies requires a minimum GRE verbal score of 350, a minimum GRE quantitative score of 350 (we expect comparable scores for the new version of the GRE), and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5. The prerequisite for pursuing the M.A. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology degree is 12 hours in psychology or related courses.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1927, and named for Tennessee Governor Austin Peay, serving at the time of the school’s establishment, the university originated as a normal school for educators. Today, Austin Peay State University (APSU) is a four-year public institution of higher education, and its main campus is located in the city of Clarksville, Tennessee. Austin Peay State University hosts distance education degrees and courses through APSU Online and Regents Online Degree Programs (RODP).

    Online degrees include associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, and a teacher education and licensure program. Students can enroll in the Associate of Science Liberal Arts program or pursue a bachelor degree, including, but not limited to, fields of: communication, computer science, criminal justice, medical technology, nursing, political science, public management, and professional studies. Master’s degrees range from studies in education and communication to professional studies and nursing. Educator programs include add-on endorsements and professional development. Some programs are hybrid and do require on-campus components, while other courses may require proctored exams. Coursework is asynchronous, but classes follow that of traditional calendars with set assignments and deadlines. Online classes have the same start date as on-campus counterparts.


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