Frequently Asked Questions
What is an MPS?
At the successful completion of this program, students earn a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Industrial Organizational Psychology. The IO MPS is a highly applied program, in comparison to M.A. and M.S. degrees, which are often more research-oriented. While we have ten courses, our emphasis is not entirely on content - instead, we focus on teaching our students a way of thinking and approaching problems as well as professional and practical skills.
How many students do you accept each cohort?
The number of students we accept varies each cohort. We typically accept between 20-30 students a cohort.
My undergraduate degree is not in psychology. Could I still be accepted into the program?
Yes. As a professional studies program, we do not require applicants to have a background in Psychology.
Do you offer online courses?
Our courses are not fully online. All of the courses in the program are hybrid or blended learning courses. Each course meets in person every other week. On alternate weeks, students will view pre-recorded online lectures or participate in individual or group activities on their own time.
Do you have classes at night or on weekends?
All in-person classes are held from 5-8 pm one night a week. No classes are offered on weekends. Currently, students meet each Monday from 5-8 pm.
Can I attend your program part-time?
Our program is not designed to be taken part-time. As a cohort program, all students take the same classes in the same order. Two classes are offered a term, and taking two classes per term is considered full time.
Is your program APA accredited?
The APA provides accreditations for programs in School, Clinical, and Counseling Psychology. It does not provide accreditation for programs in Industrial Organizational Psychology.
How long does it take to complete the program?
The program takes 15 months to complete.
General Admissions and Application Questions
Responsibility for admitting applicants to graduate programs rests with the Dean of the Graduate School. Academic department and program offices review admissions applications and credentials and make admissions recommendations to the Graduate Dean. In cases where credentials were earned abroad, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services must be consulted.
What are your program requirements?
- Statement of Purpose
- Letters of Recommendation (2)
- TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)
Please note - the GRE is not required!
When can I submit my application?
Our online admissions system (Hobsons/ApplyYourself) accepts applications from mid-August until March 15th for the Fall cohort, and from July to January for the Spring Cohort. If you are working on your application before the system opens, we suggest that you start gathering all required items listed: http://blog.umd.edu/admissionsrequirements/behavioralsocial-sciences/psychology/. You can apply through the Graduate School at https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=umdgrad
What is the application deadline?
Our deadline for the Fall Cohort is March 15th. All application materials must be submitted by the March 15th deadline in order to receive full consideration.
We have just begun offering a Spring Cohort. The deadline for our first Spring Cohort applications is January 15th.
What is the institution code for the University of Maryland?
The University of Maryland, College Park institution code is 5814.
What is the Program Code for the MPS in IO Psychology?
The Program code is MPIO.
Is the GRE test mandatory?
GREs are not required to apply to this program. We do not consider the GRE scores of applicants.
What is the minimum GPA?
The Graduate School requires as a minimum standard an average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all undergraduate courses taken at a regionally accredited college or university. Adequate performance in prerequisite courses is required. Applicants with international credentials must submit in the original language those academic records that are not written in English. Such credentials must be accompanied by a literal English translation. Both must be submitted at least six months prior to the first day of classes of the semester for which the applicant seeks admission.
What do I include on the personal statement?
The Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose should address the following questions:
- What are your reasons for undertaking graduate study at the University of Maryland? Specifically, why do you want to obtain a Master's of Professional Studies in Industrial Organizational Psychology and what do you plan to do with the degree? Tell your personal narrative - the story of why IO, and what brought you to this point.
- What life experiences have you had that you feel have prepared you to pursue a graduate degree at a large, diverse institution such as the University of Maryland? Among the items you might care to include would be your financial, community and family background, whether you are the first person in your family to pursue a higher education, or any other factors that you feel would contribute to the diversity of our academic community. You may also wish to give the graduate admissions committee some examples of your determination to pursue your goals, your initiative and ability to develop ideas, and /or your capacity for working through problems independently.
Where should I have my letters of recommendation sent?
Please do not send Letters of Recommendation to the Department of Psychology. The online application (Hobsons ApplyYourself Graduate Admissions System) allows recommenders to easily upload Letters of Recommendation onto your online application.
How can I have my application fee waived?
The department does not waive application fees. However, the Graduate School waives the application fee for applicants who may have attended organizations and/or preparatory programs. For more information and to view the listing of such preparatory programs, please visit this link: https://gradschool.umd.edu/taxonomy/term/1
When will interviews be extended?
Selected applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview via email by the end of March.
When are acceptance letters mailed out?
All acceptance letters will be mailed out by mid-May at the latest.
How can I check to see if my application is complete?
When you apply using the on-line application system, you will receive an e-mail confirming that your application has been received. The e-mail will also contain a password and directions on how to log back into the system to check and update your application status.
I applied to your program in the past. Do you still have the information I sent in for that application?
Yes. However, in order to be considered for admission you will need to complete a new application, pay the application fee, as well as submit all required materials to the Graduate School/Admissions. https://gradschool.umd.edu/taxonomy/term/1
Do I have to send official transcripts and degree certificates for graduate admission?
The online application requires applicants to upload a scanned copy of their official transcripts/diplomas in English. Official (paper) transcripts can also be sent to the
The Graduate School (Admissions)
2123 Lee Building
7809 Regents Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
I am an international student. Do I have to take TOEFL?
Yes, unless you received your undergraduate degree in a country where English is the predominant language. Per the International Office, students who will be awarded a degree from the U.S., United Kingdom, Anglophone Africa, Anglophone Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and the Commonwealth Caribbean prior to enrolling in the University of Maryland are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS.
International applicants should go directly to www.international.umd.edu/ies/ for more information regarding requirements on the minimum TOEFL, IELTS, visa, Certification of Finances, etc.