The Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management Program is an Interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree program offered by the Departments of Psychology and Management to prepare professionals for work in business, industry, and government.

The program is designed to equip students with specialized training in human resource management. Emphases will be upon developing knowledge of theories, methods, and research findings derived from the behavioral sciences. The program also emphasizes the acquisition of skills in the application of this knowledge to such organizational activities as selection, placement, and motivation of employees; training and development; performance appraisal; and development and change of organizations.

Industrial-Organizational Psychology is the fastest growing occupation in the next 10 years

- See the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2014 report on the fastest growing occupations

Appalachian State’s IOHRM program is nationally ranked

-  Second in the nation for Program Culture

-  Third in the nation for Program Resources

-  Seventh in the nation for Program Costs

(Kraiger and Abalos, 2004: Rankings of Graduate Programs in I-O Psychology based on Student Rankings of Quality)

The program at Appalachian State is the only cross-disciplinary I-O Psychology and Human Resource Management master's degree program in the country. The program adhere to SIOP's (Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology) guidelines for Master's level training in I-O Psychology. IOHRM students are members of both the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Business. Students take classes in both the Departments of Psychology and Management.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 9:23am
Our students continue to excel in research. Second-year, Danielle Kretschmer will be presenting her...
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 10:48pm
This past Friday, Appalachian IOHRM students and alumni traveled to Queens University in Charlotte...
Monday, August 25, 2014 - 3:49pm
The IOHRM program has started another academic year and we want to welcome  the Class of 2016...
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Eye on IOHRM

Introduced in spring 2011, Eye on IOHRM is our department's bi-annual publication to keep program alumni and other stakeholders up-to-date about the IOHRM program. In each issue, we highlight the achievements of current and former students and faculty and let you know about new developments within the program. Below is our most current issue, or view additional newsletters!