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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Program at a glance

The M.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology is a 36-credit hour degree program. While most of the coursework is covered in the fall and winter semesters, you will be expected to take one or two courses in the summer. All students are required to complete internships during the academic year on a part-time basis or during the summer full time. Most students are able to earn their master's degree in two years; however, students may extend their studies for up to six years.

Typical Program of Study

Although no research requirement is included in the I-O Psychology Program, you will be exposed to research through your coursework and you may also have the opportunity to assist faculty in their research if you wish. 

Faculty Research Interests


You will complete six credit-hours of internship requirements, which corresponds with six months of part-time field work at one or two sites. You may choose to intern at a consulting firm or in the training division of human resources or personnel department of a major organization. From Fortune 500 corporations to consulting firms and non-profit organizations, the Chicago metropolitan area will provide you with ample choices for your internship experience.

Recent internships placements have included:

  • Advocate Health Care
  • Aon Consulting
  • Breakthru Beverage Group
  • Jump Trading LLC
  • La Casa Norte
  • Monar Consulting
  • Old Republic International Corporation
  • Options House & Aperture Group, LLC
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Sears Holdings
  • Strategic Talent Solutions
  • US Cellular
  • United Airlines
  • Vantage Leadership Consulting
  • Walgreens Corporation