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Industrial/Organizational Psychology M.A.

Improve the Workplace for Everyone

With a Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology from University of Houston-Clear Lake, you'll 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 an organization's 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.

Industrial/Organizational (I/O) is officially a STEM designation! This designation, recognized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, permits F-1 students to remain in the United States for up to 36 months after degree attainment to work in their field of study.

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Put Your Studies to Work

We follow the scientist/practitioner model, which means that as a student in the Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology program, you'll engage with psychological theories and principles from the start. Using this knowledge to analyze and solve human behavior problems, your studies will go right to work supporting leadership, change management, hiring, training, performance evaluation and many other skills. Students will move on to careers in both the public and private sector of human resource management, organizational development and management consulting. Graduates will also be prepared for jobs in change management and recruiting, and will also receive a strong educational foundation should they choose to pursue a doctoral degree.

As a student in the I/O Psychology program, you'll also have the opportunity to facilitate the Center for Workplace Consulting (CWC) along with faculty from the program. The CWC provides quality, inclusive business solutions through ethical, collaborative, evidence-based practices. 

Flexible Options Designed to Meet the Needs of Working Professionals

The I/O Psychology program admits 15-20 students each year. Most of our students work full-time, so classes are scheduled to meet one day per week at either 4-6:50 p.m. or 7-9:50 p.m. While most of the required courses are offered face-to-face at the UHCL at Pearland campus, some electives may be taken online.

Admission Requirements

  • Industrial Organizational Psychology M.A.
  • Admission Deadline
    • Fall Only
      • Deadline: February 15 
  • Application
    • Apply online through Apply Texas for admission to the University of Houston-Clear Lake as a graduate student.
      • Select Four-year College/University and Graduate School.
      • Program application is only available within the selected Fall semester.
      • Select "HSH-Industrial/Organizational Psychology-Pearland" as your first choice major only.
      • 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.

    Documents for admission are submitted after completion of the Apply Texas application.  All required documents are due by the program application deadline.

  • Requirements
    • GRE Scores Optional for 2023-24 Cycle
      • General GRE Exam,
      • GRE scores expire after 5 years of the testing date.
      • Submit official GRE scores to UHCL through the ETS system. It may take ETS two weeks from the date the test is taken to send the official score report.
      • UHCL GRE Code: 6916 – UNIV HOUSTON CLEAR LAKE – Grad
    • Official Transcripts: Students should submit official transcripts from every college or university attended to the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Office of Admissions or International Admissions.
      • Please review New Student Admissions in the Graduate Catalog under Transcripts and Records Information to learn how to submit an official college transcript to UHCL.
    • Coursework Requirements:
      • Must have at least 12 hours of upper level undergraduate courses consisting of 3 hours of Statistics and 9 hours of any combination of Psychology, Business, 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.
    • Additional Supporting Documents: The following documents should be emailed to the Clinical, Health & Applied Sciences department assistant (Shelly Matejka) at
      • CV/Resume: describe your previous education, work experience, relevant coursework, relevant volunteer activities, any honors, published papers or other relevant life experiences.
      • Statement of Purpose: In 500-700 words, please answer the questions below.
        • What interests you most about I/O Psychology?
        • What are you most proud of so far in your academic or professional career?
      • Letter of Reference (optional): from those familiar with your ability to succeed in graduate-level study.
  • Fall Admission Details
    • All accepted students begin the program in the fall semester.
    • We review applications in March and notify applicants in April.
    • Applicants who apply after the deadline may be given consideration to the extent that positions for the program are not yet filled. 

Degree Requirements

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UH-Clear Lake at Pearland

UH-Clear Lake at Pearland

1200 Pearland Pkwy
Pearland, Texas 77581
Phone: 281-212-1700

Since 2010, University of Houston-Clear Lake at Pearland has proudly served as an upper-level institution serving juniors, seniors, and graduate students in fields like business and behavioral science.

About UHCL at Pearland

Industrial/Organizational Psychology M.A. Faculty

Alper Kayaalp
Alper Kayaalp

Alper Kayaalp

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

Contact number: 281-283-1754
Office: HSB233 (Pearland)

Alper Kayaalp 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 (UHCL at Pearland)
Office: Bayou 2233 (UHCL Campus) and HSB 235 (UHCL at Pearland)

Lisa Sublett Faculty Bio