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Industrial Organization Psychology Program

Program Overview/Mission

With a degree in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology, you learn to apply the principles of behavioral science to understanding and solving problems people encounter at work. I/O psychologists work to build better organizations though people. The I/O Psychologist uses hiring practices, training programs and feedback systems to improve the performance and well-being of the organizations employees. They work with a variety of issues ranging from change management, motivation, diversity, employee selection, training and development, leadership, performance appraisals, and organizational development. I/O psychologists also work in a variety of industries, organizations, and in the public and private sectors.

Goals and Objectives

The objectives of the M.A in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology program at UHCL are to offer a two-year terminal degree that prepares you to contribute to an organization's success by improving the performance and well-being of its employees. The program will provide you with a balance of the industrial and organizational areas of I/O psychology, and you will learn about individual differences, their assessment and evaluation, as well as organizational theories and interventions. The program follows the scientist/practitioner model providing you with knowledge of psychological theories and principles and how those principles apply to problem solving in organizations. The program prepares you to work in Human Resource departments, Change Management, Recruiting, consulting, as well as applying to I/O doctoral programs.

Program Degrees

Admission Requirements

  • Industrial Organizational Psychology M.A.
  • Admission Deadline

    Fall Only: Dec. 10 - Feb. 15

  • Application

    Apply to Industrial / Organizational Psychology through

    • Do not apply to Psychology or General Psychology, as these are different programs, and acceptance into Psychology does not mean you are accepted into the I/O program.
    • will forward your application to UHCL Admissions within a few days of your submission.
    • Our Admissions office will create a student account for you and then contact you once it is available for use.
  • Requirements
    • GPA over the last 60 hours will be at least a 3.0. Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended. Courses taken more than five years ago will not count.
    • If applying for the Fall of 2022 or after, GRE scores will be: Verbal score of at least 146 and a Quantitative score of at least 146. The scores cannot be more than five years old.

    Coursework Requirements:

    • must have at least 12 hours of upper level undergraduate courses consisting of 3 hours of Introduction to Statistics and
    • 9 hours of any combination of Psychology, Management, Sociology, or Anthropology
    • If some of these courses have not been taken, you are still eligible to apply if all other expected requirements are met, but would be required to take these prerequisite classes while enrolled.

    Other Requirements:

    • CV/Resume: describe your previous education, work experience, relevant coursework, relevant volunteer activities, any honors, published papers or other relevant life experiences. Upload an updated resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) by logging into your E-Services account, selecting your "To-Do List," and choosing "Details/Upload Documentation."
    • Statement of Purpose: include why you are interested in I-O Psychology in general, and why you are interested in our program at UHCL. Include any additional information that you think relevant that will help us to know you better. Upload a personal statement of 1000 words (or less) by logging into your E-Services account, selecting your "To-Do List," and choosing "Details/Upload Documentation."
    • Transcripts: All transcripts and GRE scores should be sent to the UHCL Admissions Office by e-mailing or calling 281-283-2500. Domestic students with international backgrounds must make an appointment with the Office of International Admissions and Programs (OIAP) to submit their international transcripts and proof of degree. You can contact OIAP at or 281-283-2740.

    Fall Admission Details:

    • All accepted students begin the program in the fall semester.
    • We accept applications for admission from December 10 through February 15.
    • We review applications in March and notify applicants in April.
    • Applicants who apply after the February 15 deadline may be given consideration to the extent that positions for the program are not yet filled.
    • Applicants assume the responsibility to ensure that the completed application for UHCL, complete application for the I-O Psychology program, GRE scores and any supporting documents are received by the Office of Admissions by the deadline.

Program Faculty

Scott McIntyre
Scott McIntyre

Scott McIntyre

Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-212-1754
Office: Pearland HSB 233

Scott McIntyre Faculty Bio

Alex Milam
Alex Milam

Alex Milam

Associate Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-212-1752
Office: Pearland HSB 231

Alex Milam Faculty Bio

Lisa Sublett
Lisa Sublett

Lisa Sublett

Assistant Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3493 (UHCL campus) and 281-212-1756 (Pearland Campus)
Office: Bayou 2233 (UHCL Campus) and HSB 235 (Pearland Campus)

Lisa Sublett Faculty Bio

Additional Information

For more information, contact:

Dr. Alex Milam
Program Director of Industrial/Organizational Psychology
2700 Bay Area Blvd. #2233.05
Houston TX 77058