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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

MSU Experience

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Students do a lot more than just attend class and take tests at Minnesota State University. In the past, MSU has been ranked the [PDF] number one (1,001 KiB) I/O psychology master's program in the country. Class work requires students to complete large assignments with short deadlines. Examples include responding to Requests for Proposals from area companies. The curriculum focuses on getting real-world experience, which is obtained through several outlets.

Consulting Experience with the OERG

Minnesota State University students are offered the opportunity to work as consultants for the Organizational Effectiveness Research Group.  OERG serves the consulting needs of a variety of organizations, and allows students to gain real world experience.

Office of Special Investigations
United Health Group
Coughlan Publishing

Seal of the State of Minnesota
RSM McGladrey
Scholarship America


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Consulting Challenge

This project is a chance for first year students to gain hands-on experience in a realistic high-pressure consulting project. Visit the Consulting Challenge page to learn more.

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Professional Memberships

MSU I-O Psychology students become members of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and Minnesota Professionals for Psychology Applied to Work (MPPAW). Annually, the program sends all of its students and faculty to the SIOP Conference. In addition, second-year students present research projects at the annual IOOB Graduate Student Conference.

Volunteering at SIOP 2009 - New Orleans, LA

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International Travel

Every other year, the Minnesota State Mankato I/O program embarks on an international trip. Visit the International Travel page to learn more about previous and upcoming trips.

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Conference Presentations

Students are encouraged to attend and present at conferences. To facilitate conference travel, the department provides funding for students. Annually, students and faculty attend the SIOP Conference, and the IOOB Conference. All students are given financial support to attend the conferences, and the faculty works with students to prepare research for presentations.

IOOB 2009 - Chicago, Illinois

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Life in Mankato

The Cities of Mankato and North Mankato

Mankato MapThe greater Mankato community, consisting of Mankato and North Mankato, is located in the scenic Minnesota River valley approximately 80 miles southwest of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The combined populations are more than 44,000.

Area businesses are well balanced between commercial, industrial and agricultural. Employment opportunities are offered in health care, education, high technology, manufacturing, printing, retail and service-related industries.

The communities of Mankato/North Mankato have a regional medical center offering the services of more than 100 physicians and the care of a large medical center -- Immanuel St. Joseph's-Mayo Health System.



Minneopa FallsThere are more than 50 lakes within 15 miles of Mankato/North Mankato for fishing, boating, and swimming. Opportunities for walking, jogging or bicycling exist in 47 parks and three hiking trails. The immediate Mankato/North Mankato area has four golf courses and there are another half dozen in the surrounding region.

Mount Kato offers mid-western skiing experiences on 17 trails in the winter and five miles of mountain biking opportunities in the summer, and is located only a few miles south of downtown Mankato.

Professional sports teams, including the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Wild, and the Minnesota Vikings play in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Mankato is the location of the summer training camp of the Minnesota Vikings. The Mankato Civic Center seats up to 7,000 people and hosts conventions, sporting events, trade shows, seminars and a variety of celebrations.


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