Programs and Opportunities
The M.A./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.
Students can take courses in every major area 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, organizational psychology, computer applications, attitudes and values, and legal issues relevant to I/O.
In addition to coursework, students are expected to become involved in research and publishing. Typically, students will work with several faculty on research and applied projects, again leading to breadth in experience and knowledge. In addition to working with faculty on applied projects, practica and internship experiences are available as are teaching experiences. Students are encouraged to complete the program in four to five years.
Non-Thesis M.A. Only Program
Students in the non-thesis master's only program in I/O Psychology take I/O coursework on a variety of applied topics including personnel selection, performance appraisal, training, and organizational psychology topics such as leadership and motivation. Many complete an applied internship, and must pass a Specialty Exam before graduating. Most students complete the program in two years. Students graduating with the M.A. degree have obtained positions in corporate, consulting, or government organizations.