Admissions Process

To apply to the IOHRM program, you must apply to the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School, indicating your desired program as IOHRM. Your undergraduate transcript(s), scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), a statement of purpose composed by you, and three letters of recommendation are necessary for admission.

Once your application has been approved by the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School, it will be forwarded to the IOHRM program faculty for consideration. This process occurs automatically, you do not need to initiate the action. Once the IOHRM program faculty receive all the applications, they select from the best qualified applicants for admission. In general, the following weights are given to student characteristics:

  • High: GRE scores, undergraduate GPA, research experience, science related course work (statistics and research methodology, in particular)
  • Moderate: Statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, leadership roles, volunteer work or previous employment in I-O psychology related or HRM related professions
  • Low: Extracurricular activities, other work experience, membership in social organizations

Deadline: Completed applications should be submitted by February 15 to receive full consideration, with reviews to commence on March 1. Applications received after the February 15 deadline will be considered only if there are unfilled vacancies after the March admissions. Applications from International students (i.e., non-US residents) must be received by January 1. All students begin graduate study in the fall semester.

Application Materials

Application information may be found in Application for Graduate Studies.

  1. Cratis D. Williams Graduate School Application
  2. A Non Refundable Application Fee sent the the Graduate School before your application is complete (please make checks payable to Appalachian State University).
  3. Personal Statement (personal statements should be approximately 1 to 2 pages in length)
  4. Resume or Curriculum Vita
  5. Official GRE scores
  6. Official Transcripts from all previous postsecondary institutions
  7. 3 Letters of Recommendation (the Graduate School sends electronic reference forms to the references you provide in the online application)

Additional information on the graduate admissions process is available on the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School web pages for prospective students. In particular, the site contains links to application forms, and information regarding tuition and fees, assistantships, and scholarships. Out-of-state students (i.e., non-NC residents) may be eligible for out-of-state tuition scholarships (the value of the scholarship is the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition at Appalachian). The site also provides information about obtaining North Carolina residency for the purpose of obtaining in-state tuition.

International Students: The IOHRM program has a strong track record with international students. As a prospective international student, you should read through the directions for applying and the special requirements for admission. These can be found on the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School web page for International Graduate Admissions. Additional information about the international graduate student experience is available on the Office of International Education and Development web page.