Psychology - Industrial/Organizational

The Ph.D. program follows the scientist-practitioner model of graduate training, emphasizing the development of research skills, knowledge of I/O theory and techniques, and applied experiences. Students attain competence in the core areas of psychology--social, cognitive, biological, and individual bases of behavior--in addition to developing competencies in I/O Psychology, research, and quantitative methods. Ph.D. students can take courses in major areas of I/O Psychology including psychometric theory and testing, personnel selection and performance evaluation, research methods, organizational psychology, motivation and leadership, information processing, training and organizational development, macro-organizational psychology, attitudes and values, industrial gerontology, and legal issues relevant to I/O.  Students who enter the doctoral program with a bachelor's degree will earn a master's degree (M.A.) as they progress through the doctoral program.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a bachelor's or master's degree
  • GRE (General test)
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to success in the field and probable academic success at the doctoral level
  • Personal statement of professional goals and reasons for choosing the field of I/O Psychology and The University of Akron
  • Vita outlining educational and professional experiences

Application Deadline

  • January 15 for Fall enrollment (only admit for fall term)

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.

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