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, statement of purpose, research experience, science related coursework (statistics and research methodology, in particular)
  • Moderate: 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


Completed applications should be submitted by February 1 to receive full consideration for admission (this is the priority deadline). IOHRM faculty will begin reviewing applications on that date with initial offers of admission made on or about March 1. Applications received after March 1 will be considered for admission only for seats that are unfilled based on the initial offers; this typically occurs in April. The final deadline for applications is April 1; all materials must be submitted by this date.  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 to the Graduate School before your application is complete
  3. Personal statement (should be approximately 1 to 2 pages in length and should not exceed 500 words)
  4. Resume or Curriculum Vita
  5. Official GRE scores
  6. Official transcripts from all previous postsecondary institutions
  7. Three 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. For information about obtaining North Carolina Residency, visit the Registrar's Page for students.

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.