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Degree Requirements

The I/O Psychology program offers both a terminal M.A. and doctoral degree. Both programs share foundation courses in industrial, organizational, and methodological topics. Doctoral students receive more in-depth training and mentoring in advanced statistics, business strategy, theoretical seminars, and research courses to produce original I/O knowledge.

M.A. Curriculum

The M.A. program requires completion of 34-36 credits designed to train students with the skills and knowledge to become I/O practitioners in an applied setting. Students choose between a capstone of either an applied internship project or original master’s thesis.

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Sample Schedule

Below is a standard I/O M.A. sequence for full-time students desiring to complete the program in 2 years (effective Fall 2020).

1st Year

Fall Term Spring Term
  • Research Methods in Psychology (PSYC 510)
  • Quantitative and Statistical Methods (PSYC 550)
  • Work Attitudes and Motivation (PSYC 585)
  • Psychometrics (PSYC 578)
  • Performance Management (PSYC 584)
  • Interventions for Effective Organizations (PSYC 631)

2nd Year

Fall Term Spring Term
  • Personnel Selection (PSYC 559)
  • Leadership Theory and Development (PSYC 633)
  • Master’s Thesis (PSYC 691) or I/O Internship (PSYC 611)
  • Group Theory and Development (PSYC 632)
  • Elective Option [e.g., Data Science for Social Scientists in R (PSYC 546)]
  • Thesis Continuation (PSYC 692) or I/O Internship (PSYC 611)

Ph.D. Curriculum

The Ph.D. degree requires completion of 79 credit hours. The first two years are spent on I/O psychology courses, statistics, business strategy, and methods. Students carry out a year-long research seminar in their second year culminating into a publishable or presentable project. The second year concludes with a required summer internship to gain applied experience. As students progress into their third and fourth year, the proportion of time spent on research and personalized interests will increase sharply. Students will complete a prospective exam to advance to doctoral candidacy, begin teaching, and take more specialized courses along with research credits. The program concludes with both a successful proposal and defense of an original dissertation.

The typical course load is 9 to 12 credits hours per semester for the first three years, with ambitious students able to finish the program within 4 years. Coursework choices should be made in consultation with the student’s advisor. Furthermore, students should consult with their advisors and I/O program director before taking advanced electives outside of the Psychology Department. The I/O program director may designate other courses towards meeting the requirements below.

I/O Doctoral Program Requirements

Course Number Title Credit Hours
I. I/O Psychology Core and Internship (take all of the following; 22 credits)
PSYC 585 Work Attitudes and Motivation: Theory and Application 3
PSYC 631 Interventions for Effective Organizations 3
PSYC 584 Performance Management 3
PSYC 559 Personnel Selection: Issues & Procedures 3
PSYC 632 Group Theory and Development in Organizations 3
PSYC 633 Leadership: Theory and Development 3
PSYC 858 Organizational Development and Change 3
PSYC 663 Independent Study (i.e., Internship) 1
II. Core Methods, Stats, and Data Science (take all of the following; 15 credits)
PSYC 510 Research Methods in Psychology 3
PSYC 550 Quantitative and Statistical Methods 3
PSYC 578 Psychometrics 3
PSYC 546 Data Science for Social Scientists 3
PSYC 739 Multivariate Statistics 3
III. Advanced Statistics (take one of the following; 3 credits)
PSYC 740 Theory Building and Structural Equation Modeling 3
PSYC 741 Hierarchical Linear Modeling 3
IV. Business and HR Strategy (take each of the following; 3 credits)
MGMT 561 Achieving Competitive Advantage 1.5
MGMT 570 Strategic HR 1.5
V. Specialization (students must select option A or B; 12 credits)
Option A: General Psychology Specialization (take 4 of the following)
PSYC 504 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSYC 552 Social Psychology 3
PSYC 561 Developmental Psychology 3
PSYC 563 Theories of Learning 3
PSYC 573 Behavioral Neuroscience 3
PSYC 745 History and Systems 3
PSYC 857 Occupational Health Psychology 3
PSYC 859 Advanced Seminar in I/O Psychology 3
Option B: Data Science Specialization (take all of the following)
CSIT 506 Data Structures with Python 3
CSIT 555 Database Systems 3
CSIT 556 Introduction to Data Science 3
CSIT 557 Advanced Techniques in Data Science 3
VI. Advanced Electives (take 2 electives under guidance of faculty advisor; 6 credits)
VII. Research (take all the following; 18 credits)
PSYC 691 I/O Research Seminar Readings 3
PSYC 692 I/O Research Seminar Defense 3
PSYC 900 Dissertation 12
Total Credit Hours 79

Sample Schedule

Below is a standard I/O PhD sequence for students specializing in psychology science who desire to finish in 4 years.

1st Year

Fall Term Spring Term
  • Research Methods in Psychology (PSYC 510)
  • Quantitative and Statistical Methods (PSYC 550)
  • Work Attitudes and Motivation (PSYC 585)
  • Specialization 1 (General Psych)
  • Psychometrics (PSYC 578)
  • Advanced Elective I (Social Psychology)
  • Interventions for Effective Organizations (PSYC 631)
  • Achieving Competitive Advantage (MGMT 561)
  • Strategic HR (MGMT 570)

2nd Year

Fall Term Spring Term
  • Personnel Selection (PSYC 559)
  • Leadership Theory and Development (PSYC 633)
  • IO Research Sem. Reading (PSYC 691)
  • Group Theory and Development (PSYC 632)
  • Data Science for Social Scientists (PSYC 546)
  • IO Research Sem. Defense (PSYC 692)
  • (During Summer) Internship (PSYC 663)

3rd Year

Fall Term Spring Term
  • Multivariate (PSYC 739)
  • Organizational Development (PSYC 858)
  • Specialization 2 (General Psych or IO Seminar)
  • Hierarchical Linear Modeling (PSYC 741)
  • Performance Management (PSYC 584)
  • Specialization 3 (General Psych or IO Seminar)

4th Year

Fall Term Spring Term
  • Specialization 4 (General Psych or IO Seminar)
  • Dissertation Credits (PSYC 900)
  • Dissertation Credits (PSYC 900)
  • Advanced Elective II (I/O Seminar)
  • Dissertation Credits (PSYC 900)
  • Dissertation Credits (PSYC 900)