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MAIOP Frequently Asked Questions

Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology — Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I apply to the master of arts in industrial organizational psychology (MAIOP) program at the University of New Haven?

The MAIOP program offers a unique educational experience by combining cutting-edge, relevant coursework with outside educational experiences such as internships and professional associations (SHRM-UNH). Our schedule allows both part-time and full-time students to gain marketable skills in a relatively short period of time. Our graduates obtain excellent positions in organization development and change, human resource management and related fields (see Program Overview). For more information, please view the top reasons for attending the MAIOP program.

Does UNH offer any specializations?

Yes, students can choose from three program concentrations: Industrial-Human Resources Psychology, Organizational Development and Consultation, and Psychology of Conflict Management. About half of our students decide to specialize by earning a program concentration. MAIOP students do not have to decide on a concentration before they enter the program.

Who are the MAIOP faculty?

Professors in the MAIOP program are a diverse group of committed professionals with varied interests and specialty areas. Please view our I/O Psychology Faculty web page for detailed information about the professors in the MAIOP program at UNH.

How do I apply to the MAIOP program?

The total application package includes the graduate application, undergraduate transcripts for all universities attended, and two letters of recommendation. A personal statement of intent is strongly recommended. There is no application fee if the application is completed online; a $75 nonrefundable fee is required for any paper application. All materials must be forwarded to The Graduate Admissions Office, University of New Haven, 300 Boston Post Road, West Haven, CT 06516. 

Letters of recommendation can now be provided online during the application process. Please complete the recommender information section prior to submitting your application. Once the recommender information is provided, your recommenders will receive an e-mail message with directions on how to provide the recommendation. You can submit your completed online application before online recommendations have been received.

If you prefer to submit a paper recommendation, please download the Graduate Recommendation Form.

Can I apply online?

Part of the application process may be completed on-line: The graduate application and the financial aid application. Letters of recommendation can be completed online as part of the graduate application. If you prefer to submit a paper recommendation, please download the Graduate Recommendation Form.  All written materials including academic transcripts and any written letters of recommendation should be mailed to the Graduate Admissions Office.

When is the application deadline? 

Applications are taken on a rolling admission basis throughout the academic year. Students may enter the program in August or January.

Full-time students who are interested in beginning the program in the fall are encouraged to submit their completed application packet by March 30th. Early acceptance to the program increases the possibility of the student receiving a graduate assistantship. Please see MAIOP financial aid information for financial aid deadlines. Applicants who apply later in the spring will still be considered for fall admission and may still apply for graduate assistantships. Please note that International Applicants have different application deadlines.

Do I have to submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores?

If you have taken the GRE within the last 5 years, please submit your scores to us or request that ETS send your scores to Graduate Admissions. Scores on the Verbal and Quantitative sections should be submitted. However, the GREs are not required as part of the application package.

What are the requirements for acceptance into the MAIOP program at UNH?

The program coordinator and faculty reviews all applicant information carefully. Most students admitted have above average GPAs and GRE scores; however, neither standard is used by itself to eliminate students from the applicant pool. Instead, all application information (undergraduate transcripts, letters of recommendation, letter of intent and, if available, GRE scores) are reviewed to assess the applicant’s strengths and weaknesses.

Is it possible to complete a thesis in the program?

Yes, a thesis is one of three program options. Completing a thesis may be useful for those students who desire and possess the qualifications for future doctoral study.

Does the MAIOP program provide opportunities to gain practical experience?

Yes, the internship/practicum is the most popular of the three program options. Students are able to gain relevant and marketable skills outside the classroom. See also the Internship Manual and the Practicum Manual.

When are courses offered? Daytime? Evening? Weekends?

The MAIOP course schedule offers maximum flexibility for all our students. Many courses are offered in the evenings, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:40 p.m., one evening per week. Some elective courses are offered on an accelerated format some on weekends and some on weekdays. Full-time students are able to work at graduate assistantships and internships during the business workweek. Part-time students who work full-time can complete the degree without career interruption. For a complete program outline of course offerings, see full-time study and part-time study.

How many credits to complete the MAIOP program?

The MAIOP program is a 45-credit program. Six of these credits compose the program option. The UNH semester schedule allows students to complete the program in a relatively short period of time. Students take eight core courses and choose six out of nearly twenty elective courses, including organizational change and development, training, and conflict management. See Program Description, full-time study at UNH, part-time study at UNH.

How do I get help with tuition and fees?

Full-time and part-time MAIOP students are eligible for student loans. Full-time MAIOP students can obtain graduate assistantships that help pay for tuition. See our MAIOP financial aid page and Graduate financial aid for more information.

Are learning opportunities available outside the classroom?

A number of activities are available to MAIOP students on a weekly basis. Most students join the UNH Society for Human Resource Management student group. Mentoring opportunities, professional workshops, and job-shadowing events are just some of the activities that enhance students’ academic training. See SHRM/UNH and MAIOP student life.

What is a typical week in the life of a student?

Ask any student on campus how to define a typical week and you’ll get a variety of responses, depending on whether the student is matriculated on a full-time or part-time basis, or is a first-year or second-year student. Below, Laura Cochrane gives a brief description of her first year of full-time study:

"My experiences so far at the University of New Haven have been both challenging and fun. I work as a graduate assistant to Dr. L’Heureux in the I/O Psychology Department doing both project work and administrative tasks. The workload varies upon the phase of the trimester and the needs of the Department. I am fortunate to have flexibility built in with this position. Although I spend 15 to 20 hours at the office, the exact hours vary form day to day.

Usually I leave work around 3:00 and have a few hours to either read in the library, meet with study groups, or attend extracurricular meetings. At 5:30, I head to class two or three nights a week, depending on my schedule for that trimester. I get home around 8:45, at which time I make a quick dinner and then spend the rest of the evening doing homework. Using good time-management skills has really helped to structure my responsibilities and ease the stress of graduate school.

Weekends offer time to catch up with classes and to relax. New Haven is a great city to be in — it’s a great town and all of the larger East Coast cities are just a few hours away. I’ve spent many weekends visiting friends in Boston, doing short jaunts to NYC for shows or fun nights out, skiing in Vermont, or just exploring the beauty of Connecticut.”

More info: MAIOP student life | Full-time study at UNH | Part-time study at UNH.

Where do MAIOP students live?

Graduate students tend to live off campus near the University, either in West Haven or New Haven. Various apartment types are available, from studios to several bedrooms. You can find competitive and reasonable leases by searching various websites.

Most students find roommates to share expenses. If you are interested in finding a roommate, please contact the I/O Psychology Department. A list of individuals who are looking for roommates is usually prepared by early June and sent to accepted students.


Are campus visits encouraged? How do I get there?

Yes! We enjoy visits from prospective students. Student should contact the MAIOP office at 1.800.dial.unh, ext 7339 to make an appointment. The MAIOP Coordinator's office is located in Harugari Hall, 3rd floor, Room 310 and the MAIOP Graduate Assistant is located in Harugari Hall, 2nd floor, Room 207

Where can I stay?

There are a number of hotels in the New Haven area to accommodate your stay. Here are two favorites:

Courtyard Marriott
136 Marsh Hill Road
Orange, CT

La Quinta Inn and Suites
400 Sargent Dr.

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Whom should I contact to learn more about the I/O Psychology program? 

For questions about this exciting academic program, please email or call (203) 932-7440 or 1-800-342-5864 x7440.