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 trains students to apply scientific solutions to the workplace. The I/O concentration is a 45-semester hour Master's program that provides students with the tools to work in industrial and organizational settings. The department currently has five full-time I/O psychology faculty members and one affiliated faculty member.

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

An additional potential program opportunity is the completion of a Master's thesis. The Master's thesis is a professional research paper that serves as an example of the student's research skills and ability to write an organized research report. The student will defend the completed thesis at an oral examination conducted by the thesis committee.

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Graduate School in I/O Psychology

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. Some of the business strategies that I/O psychologists assist with include: (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 2016-2017 academic year, in-state tuition (with fees) was $7,237 and out-of-state tuition was $20,128. We believe that this, in combination with our extremely high rate of successful quality employment for our graduates, makes ECU an excellent choice. Click here for more information comparing the cost of tuition at ECU with other institutions offering similar degrees.

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. 

  • 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
  • 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. We collaborate with both the local and the state chapter to introduce students to working professionals 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.

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