IOHRM logo: The People Side of Business, The Business Side of Psychology

The Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management Program is an Interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree, offered by the Departments of Psychology and Management, to prepare professionals for work in business, industry, and government. As part of the only cross-disciplinary master's degree program in the nation, students have the unique opportunity to leverage the application of I-O Psychology to business.

Designed to equip students with specialized training in human resource management, program emphasis is placed on 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.

National Recognition

In the most recent rankings of I-O graduate programs, the IOHRM program was rated highly by multiple independent research teams:

  • First for overall student satisfaction, first for resources provided to students, and second for program culture (Acikgoz et al., 2018)



The IOHRM program adheres 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 and take classes in both the Departments of Psychology and Management.


Students attending SIOP Conference

Students Present At 33rd Annual SIOP Conference

The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) recently held its 33rdannual conference in Chicago, Illinois, and Appalachian State Un...

5k participants dressed as superheroes

AppKIDS 5K Raises Over $4,000!

Appalachian Kindness In Donations & Service (AppKIDS) is an annual shopping event for underprivileged children, K – 12, from Watauga County Scho...

group photo of NCIOP spring meeting attendees

Students Attend North Carolina Industrial & Organizational Psychologists Meeting in Greensboro

On March 16th, three first-year students (Carson Sells, Taylor Lemker, & Troi Robinson-Moss) made their way to Greensboro, NC to attend the North ...

Eye on IOHRM Newsletters

Eye on IOHRM logoIntroduced 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!