How do I apply to Graduate Studies in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology?

First review these eligibility requirements.

I-O Area Application Requirements:


Students who enter the MA program in Industrial-Organizational psychology will must have an Honours degree in Psychology. As well, a thesis, or equivalent research experience, is required.

Because of the research-intensive nature of our program we are most interested in students with a strong background in research methods and statistics.

The I-O Psychology MA and PhD program at Guelph form an integrated graduate degree; consequently, only students interested in completing both the MA and the PhD are encouraged to apply.

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language the University of Guelph requires that you write a standardized English Language Proficiency Test. See this link for details of acceptable tests and corresponding scores for demonstrating English language proficiency.


GRE Requirements

There are two types of GRE tests, the General Test and the Subject Test. GRE General Test scores are required for all applications to the I-O program. We strongly suggest but do not require GRE Subject Test (Psychology) scores.

It is imperative that you have taken GRE Test(s), well in advance of your application deadline. You typically need to register for the GRE Subject Test (Psychology) at least six months prior to the application deadline. GRE Subject Tests (Psychology) are typically only run two or three times a year. Details can be found on the ETS website.

When writing the GRE please use the following codes to send GRE scores to the Guelph Psychology Department:

University of Guelph GRE Institution Code: 0892
Department of Psychology Code: 2016

How are applicant files evaluated by the I-O Area?

Each application receives an overall evaluation. Given this overall/holistic process, if one part of your application is weaker than another we cannot tell you exactly how that will influence your evaluation.