Clemson Graduate School

Clemson Graduate School

Applied Psychology

General Information

Degrees Offered


Clemson University offers a Master of Science degree in Applied Psychology. The MS degree is a 2-year program designed for those who would like to work in industry after graduation or to continue with graduate studiess.

The Master of Science degree in Applied Psychology is offered with a concentration in either Human Factors (HF) Psychology or Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology. Both of these programs are designed to provide the student with the requisite theoretical foundations, skills in quantitative techniques and research design, and practical problem-solving skills necessary for either entering the workforce or continuing with his/her scholastic career. A formal thesis and an approved, supervised field internship are required for the MS degree. Students complete 45 semester hours, including six semester hours of thesis credit and sis semester hours of credit for a field internship. Typically, the internship is completed in the summer between the first and second years of the program.

The Human Factors program is accredited by the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society (HFES).

About the Program

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Robert Sinclair)

Application Requirements


The Department of Psychology considers an applicant’s background in psychology as part of the admissions process. All applicants to the Human Factors (HF) and Industrial-Organizational (IO) PhD and MS programs are expected to be able to demonstrate knowledge of behavioral research methods and statistical analysis, most commonly through relevant undergraduate coursework and/or research experience.

MS Applicants seeking to specialize in Human Factors Psychology are expected to have 18 credits of psychology prior to entering the HF program and are expected to have completed a college-level course in calculus Prospective applicants who do not meet one of these requirements may still apply to the HF program. If they are admitted, the HF program will work with you to develop a plan for meeting the requirement. Please note that the HF program does not make such recommendations until after the student has been admitted.

Applicants seeking to specialize in Industrial-Organizational (IO) Psychology are strongly encouraged to obtain some background in applied psychology prior to applying, and are expected to have basic knowledge of psychological theories and methods, but the I-O program does not have a specific psychology course credit expectation for either the MS or the PhD level

Applicants may apply on the Web at Applications should be received by January 15 for the following fall semester. Every required item in support of the application must be on file by that date. January admissions are not permitted. In addition to the standard graduate application, prospective students will need to provide the following as part of the application packet:

  • Verbal, quantitative, and analytical GRE scores (the GRE Psychology Subject test is NOT required)
  • Transcripts from the applicant’s undergraduate (and any graduate) institutions
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (these do not have to be from college professors and they don’t have to be on Clemson’s recommendation form; a letter describing your academic potential and characteristics will be fine)
  • A “Statement of Interest”, i.e., a 1 to 2-page letter describing why the student wants to go to graduate school in I/O or HF psychology. It is recommended that as part of the statement of interest the student discuss his or her research interests and how those fit with the research interests of the department faculty
  • A resume (or academic-style vita) is recommended but not required

Required Documents

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Robert Sinclair)

Financial Aid

To see the proposed Graduate Tuition Rates for this academic year, click here.

The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.

Current Program


Students have access to several well-equipped laboratories, including facilities to study process-control simulation, task performance, psychophysiology, sleep research, perception and action, motion sciences, uncoupled motion simulation, human memory and perception, visual performance, driving simulation, usability testing, advanced reading technologies, personnel selection and performance appraisal, workplace training research, industrial-organizational research, social psychology, residential research, occupational stress simulation and cognitive aging as well as virtual reality, robotics and teleoperation facilities.

Our Students

Fifty-six percent of the students in the program are women and 81 percent attend on a full-time basis.

Currently, nearly 100 percent of the department’s graduates have either gained employment in their chosen field or have been accepted into Ph.D. programs. In many cases, students have had one or more job offers before the completion of their degree.

Program Coordinators

Additional Contact

  • Teresa Sharpe
  • 417 Brackett Hall
  • Phone: (864) 656.3211
  • Email:

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