Psychology M.A. in I/O admissions

Admission requirements for the terminal master of arts in industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology

Unlike the master of arts with a major in psychology, this program is not a transitional stage leading to doctoral degree candidacy (a terminal degree). Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School.

Application deadline: May 1

Admission is offered for the fall semester only. 

 To be admitted, students should meet the following requirements: 

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • A course in introductory psychology
  • A course in statistics with a grade of B or better

Application requirements

Applicants will be asked to submit the following electronically.  The department will not accept hardcopy materials. 

  • Application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation: Completed by professors or other professionals who know you and your academic work sufficiently well to judge your qualifications for graduate study. These are submitted electronically via the online application system. Additional letters are allowed, but optional
  • Professional statement: A one or two-page professional statement describing your areas of interest in psychology, preparation for graduate school, and career goals
  • Writing sample (optional): Writing samples may include senior thesis, conference presentation, or publication
  • C.V. or résumé (optional): Applicants may upload a C.V. or résumé
  • Electronic transcripts: Applicants must upload transcripts from all previous institutions (including Wayne State if you previously attended classes here). Transcripts may be official, unofficial, copies, or web printouts
  • Official transcripts:  If you are selected for admission, you must submit official transcripts from all previous institutions must be sent directly to

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Application status

Applicants are responsible for verifying that all application materials have been received via the online application checklist. 

If you make an error on your application or have a problem with the online application, please contact Graduate Admissions at 313-577-4723 or If you need additional assistance, contact the Psychology Graduate Office at 313-577-2823 or

Financial aid

Departmental funding is not available for the terminal I/O masters program. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid or the Graduate School for other funding options.


For questions, please contact the Graduate Office or the I/O master's program coordinator: