Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Psychology

Master's Concentration in
Industrial/Organizational Psychology


I/O Psychology at ECU

The Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology concentration at East Carolina University will train you to apply scientific solutions to the workplace. The I/O concentration is a 45-semester hour Master's program that provides you with the tools to work in industrial and organizational settings. The department currently has three full-time I/O psychology faculty members and two affiliated faculty members.

One potential program opportunity for you is an internship that typically occurs during the summer between a student's first and second year. This internship provides you with an opportunity to apply skills learned through coursework and to acquire new skills in an organizational setting. The internship may require you to relocate for the summer.

An additional potential program opportunity for you is the completion of a Master's thesis. The Master's thesis is a professional research paper that serves as an example of your research skills and ability to write an organized research report. You will present your thesis and results during an oral examination conducted by the thesis committee.

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Opportunities for Our Students

Our students have the opportunity to attend several meetings and conferences hosted by I/O Psychology institutions. Such meetings and conferences have been an excellent way for our students to network with other I/O Psychology students, academics, and professionals, as well as to gain insight into the current breakthrough research in the field.

North Carolina 
Industrial and Organizational Psychologists (NCIOP)
NCIOP hosts two annual meetings in various locations in North Carolina. Each meeting includes presentations and a panel conducted by current academics and professionals in the field of I/O Psychology. For information about the most recent meeting, please follow the link below.

River Cities Industrial/Organizational Psychology Conference (RCIOP)
RCIOP host an annual conference consisting of a research/tutorial presentation session as well as a poster presentation session. Each year the conference selects a theme related to the field of I/O Psychology in which submissions are broadly based upon. For information about the most recent conferences, please follow the link below.

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)
SIOP hosts an annual conference in which students and academics have the opportunity to present their research in the field of I/O Psychology. For information about future SIOP annual conferences, please follow the link below.


Many of our students opt to gain a certificate degree in either Quantitative Methods for the Social and Behavioral Sciences or Business Analytics.

The Quantitative Methods for the Social and Behavioral Sciences certificate requires additional courses in statistics. This certification is especially useful for those who wish to continue their education in a Ph.D. program, as well as those who wish to pursue a career in research. For more information see the link below.

The Business Analytics certificate requires students to take courses within the Management Information Systems Department. This certification is especially useful for those who would like to pursue an applied career (i.e., Human Resources, Business / Data Analytics). For more information see the link below.

The Work of I/O Psychology

Industrial and Organizational (I/O) psychologists contribute to an organization's success by improving the performance and well-being of its people.  With a Master's degree in I/O psychology you will be able to assist organizations with: (1) Recruiting, hiring, and retaining the most qualified employees, (2) developing fair, legal, and efficient hiring practices, (3) designing and implement new training programs, (4) increasing diversity in the workforce, (5) developing performance management systems, (6) minimizing absenteeism, (7) eliminating harassment and discrimination, and (8) increasing motivation and enhance work-life balance.

Careers in I/O Psychology

Having a degree in I/O Psychology allows you to go into numerous careers such as Human Resource Management and applied I/O research. Recent studies have shown that both of these career fields are in high demand and provide sizable incomes. Click here and here for more information about careers in Human Resource Management; click here and here for more information about careers in applied I/O psychology.

ECU Tuition Costs

The cost of tuition for graduate school at ECU is extremely competitive.  For the 2018-2019 academic year, in-state tuition (with fees) was $7,485 and out-of-state tuition was $20,634.  We believe that this, in combination with our extremely high rate of successful quality employment for our graduates, makes ECU an excellent choice for you.  See this link for a more detailed set of tuition analyses and make sure to remember that these values do not include any potential tuition remissions offered by any of these institutions.

Graduate School in I/O Psychology

Employment of Our Graduates

We are very proud of the employability of the graduates of our program. Not only do our students find it easy to find employment after graduation, they typically find themselves working for exceptional organizations. Below is a list of some of the organizations at which our recent graduates are currently employed and you may click here for a more comprehensive list. 

  • Training & Development Specialist, Albemarle Corporation
  • Strategic Talent Sourcer, Wayfair
  • Senior HR Consultant, LabCorp
  • Human Resources Generalist, UTC Aerospace
  • Senior Analyst of Analytics & Insights, VF Corporation
  • Senior Health & Benefits Consulting Analyst, Mercer
  • Selection & Assessment Specialist, Wells Fargo
  • Survey Specialist, RTI International
  • Research Scientist, Talent Plus, Inc.
  • Human Resources Administrator, Belimed
  • Talent Acquisition Data Analyst, Citrix
  • Human Resources Generalist, Corning Inc.
  • Principal Associate, People Analytics at Capital One
  • Research Scientist, Gartner
  • Data Analyst, US Army, Ft. Bragg
Other companies that have employed our students include:

  • American Institutes for Research
  • ASMO
  • CMI Plastics, Inc.
  • CPS Human Resource Services
  • Donnoe & Associates, Inc.
  • DRI Consulting
  • DSM
  • FedEx Freight
  • Grady-White Boats
  • Hogan Assessment Systems
  • Human Performance Systems, Inc.
  • IBM Enterprise
  • jetBlue
  • Mercer Human Resource Consulting
  • NACCO Materials Handling Group
  • NIDA
  • PepsiCo
  • Personnel Decisions International
  • Polaris Assessment Systems
  • RTI International
  • SWA Consulting
  • The Hammock Source
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • Wells Fargo
  • Weyerhaeuser Co.
In addition to successful employment following graduation, many of our students have pursued a doctoral degree at the following institutions:

  • East Carolina University
  • Florida International University
  • George Washington University
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Wright State University

Living at ECU and in Greenville

East Carolina University is just over one hour east of Raleigh and one short hour to the beach. Click here and here for some more information about living in Greenville, North Carolina.


The Society for Human Resource Management at East Carolina University (SHRM@ECU) is a unique student organization that focuses on preparing students for employment in Human Resources (HR) or HR-related fields by facilitating networking and promoting successful careers in the HR field.  You will collaborate with both the local and the state chapter members who wish to share their experience and insight.  Additionally, once a month, we host professionals who present on a wide variety of HR topics. Additionally, SHRM@ECU also has a heavy conference presence by participating in case study competitions annually.  Click here for their website.

ECU Psychology Graduate Student Organization (PGSO)

The Psychology Graduate Student Organization (PGSO) is a student-run organization for graduate students in the Department of Psychology at East Carolina University. Members of PGSO hold monthly meetings to organize: a variety of social events, community service opportunities, guest speakers, and much more. PGSO is also great way to get to know other graduate students, the University, and the Greenville area as a whole. Additionally, PGSO offers some financial assistance to those members who plan to travel to psychology-related conferences. Click here for their website.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to complete the program?
Most of our students complete the program in 2 academic years (4 semesters).

Am I able to be admitted as a part time student?
Currently, the program is for full time students only.

Can I apply for admission in the spring semester?
Students will begin their graduate work in the fall semester.

Is the GRE required for admission?

How long has ECU’s I/O Psychology program been around?
It was developed in the mid-1970s.

Are students required to complete a thesis?
No, while there is an option to complete a Master’s Thesis, it is not a requirement.

Are students required to complete an internship?
While the internship is not required, most of our students choose to complete one during the summer after their first year in the program.

Do students have the opportunity to receive funding?
Many of our students apply to and receive graduate assistantship positions, typically ranging from 10-20 hours of work per week.

When are classes held?
All of our classes are held Monday-Friday during the day. Students are not required to attend night or weekend classes.

Does ECU offer online classes?
While the required I/O courses are offered face-to-face, several of the courses required for the Business Analytics certificate are offered online. 


Program Director

Dr. Shahnaz Aziz
Program Director, Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Department of Psychology
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-328-1379

Industrial/Organizational Psychology