Degree Requirements

The MIOP degree is a non-thesis Master’s degree. To learn the university requirements for graduation and their details, it is very important for you to refer to Non-Thesis Master’s Degrees in the General Announcements on the Rice University website. We summarize requirements below, but emphasize that this is unofficial; the General Announcements are official.

Students pursuing the MIOP degree must complete:

  • A minimum of 12 courses (44 credit hours) to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 44 credit hours of graduate-level study (coursework at the 500-level or above).
  • A minimum of 38 credit hours must be taken at Rice University.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.667.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.000 in required coursework.
  • A maximum of 2 courses (6 credit hours) from transfer credit.
  • A capstone experience course. This is to be a project course, supervised jointly by one or more of the MIOP faculty and will be taken in the summer immediately after the student’s first year, as well as both the fall and spring semesters of the second year.
Total Credit Hours required for the MIOP degree:
44

Required Courses

  • PSYC 502 – Advanced Psychological Statistics I (4 hours)
  • PSYC 503 – Advanced Psychological Statistics II (3 hours)
  • PSYC 530 – Foundations of I-O Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 533 – I-O Psychology Research Seminar (1 hour, taken each semester for a total of 4 hours)
  • PSYC 634 – Personnel Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 636 – Organizational Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 699 – Capstone Experience in I-O Psychology (3 hours, taken over three semesters for a total of 9 hours)

Additional Courses (choose 5)

  • PSYC 507 – Research Methods (3 hours)
  • PSYC 550 – Foundations of Social Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 601 – Multivariate Statistics (3 hours)
  • PSYC 602 – Psychometrics (3 hours)
  • PSYC 630 – Training (3 hours)
  • PSYC 631 – Foundations of Individual Differences (3 hours)
  • PSYC 632 – Leadership (3 hours)
  • PSYC 637 – Meta-Analysis in Psychological Research (3 hours)
  • PSYC 651 – Topics in Social Psychology
  • Other courses approved by the MIOP Program Director

Proposed Plan-of-Study

The following plan-of-study represents an example five-semester sequence in which students pursuing the MIOP degree complete the required coursework. Schedules will be based on course availability each semester.

1st Semester (Fall) – 11 Credit Hours

Course Number
Course Title
Credit Hours
PSYC 533
I-O Psychology Research Seminar
1
PSYC 502
Advanced Psychological Statistics I
4
PSYC 530
Foundations of I-O Psychology
3
PSYC XXX
ELECTIVE ONE
3

2nd Semester (Spring) – 10 Credit Hours

Course Number
Course Title
Credit Hours
PSYC 533
I-O Psychology Research Seminar
1
PSYC 503
Advanced Psychological Statistics II
3
PSYC 634
Personnel Psychology
3
PSYC 636
Organizational Psychology
3

Summer – 3 Credit Hours

Course Number
Course Title
Credit Hours
PSYC 699
Capstone Experience in I-O Psychology
3

3rd Semester (Fall) – 10 Credit Hours

Course Number
Course Title
Credit Hours
PSYC 533
I-O Psychology Research Seminar
1
PSYC XXX
ELECTIVE TWO
3
PSYC XXX
ELECTIVE THREE
3
PSYC 699
Capstone Experience in I-O Psychology
3

4th Semester (Spring) – 10 Credit Hours

Course Number
Course Title
Credit Hours
PSYC 533
I-O Psychology Research Seminar
1
PSYC XXX
ELECTIVE FOUR
3
PSYC XXX
ELECTIVE FIVE
3
PSYC 699
Capstone Experience in I-O Psychology
3