Applied Psychology


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 (IO) Psychology. Both of these programs provide students 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 their scholastic careers. All MS students must complete a formal empirical master’s thesis research project. MS students in the Human Factors specialization are required to complete six credits of an approved supervised field internship. MS students in the IO specialization complete six credits of either internship or research experience. 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).


More information can be found in this graduate handbook.


Program of Study

Detailed descriptions of program requirements and curriculum are available at

Please note that the program does not offer web-based or other distance learning options.  Also, please note that the program is not designed for students seeking training in clinical/counseling psychology or related fields.


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.


Faculty profiles and links to their individual web pages are available at

Our Students

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

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.


Application Information

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 educational background in applied psychology prior to applying, and are expected to have basic knowledge of psychological theories and methods, but the IO program does not have a specific psychology course credit expectation.

Applicants may apply 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 describing the applicant’s academic potential (letters from professors are preferred but not reqiured)
  • A 1-2 page statement describing why the student wants to go to graduate school in IO or HF psychology at Clemson. The statement should describe the student’s research interests and explain how those interests fit with the interests of the department faculty
  • A resume (or academic-style vita) is recommended but not required
  • Writing samples are not required but applicant’s may elect to include include them as supplemental material 

Required Documents


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.


Program Contact(s)

  • Teresa Sharpe
  • Office: 417 Brackett Hall
  • Phone: (864) 656-3211
  • Email:

Program Coordinator(s)