Graduate Program in Social & Industrial / Organizational Psychology


We admit students who are interested in obtaining a Ph.D. with a focus in Social or Industrial/Organizational (I/O) psychology. If you have an M.A. with an approved thesis (i.e., a research-based thesis in either Social or I/O psychology), you can apply directly to the Ph.D. program. If you have a B.A. you should apply to the M.A. program. Whether you initially begin working toward an M.A. or Ph.D., however, make sure that your statement of purpose clearly identifies the Ph.D. as your ultimate goal and how this degree will fit into your career goals.

Admission to the program is competitive. Typically, the Social & I/O area receives 40 to 50 applications and seeks to admit 4-5 applicants each year. Qualifications of successful applicants exceed the University’s minimum admission requirements. Mean qualifications of applicants for the last five years are as follows:

  • Undergrad GPA: 3.55
  • GRE Verbal: 525
  • GRE Quantitative: 616
  • GRE Writing: 5.5
  • Graduate GPA: 3.79

In addition to the above qualifications, the faculty will also weigh the following criteria when reviewing applications:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Research experience (even if not related to Social or I/O)
  • Difficulty of undergraduate program of study
  • Clear statement of career goals
  • Fit of student interests/goals with faculty research interests

To obtain an application go to Application Materials and Procedures.

We also encourage applicants to visit us to meet the faculty and current graduate students. To contact us or arrange a visit see our Contact Information.