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Industrial / Organizational Curriculum

Industrial - Organizational Curriculum (updated 11-6-2016)

The I-O concentration curriculum conforms to the Guidelines for Education and Training at the Doctoral Level in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and provides training in a number of areas including: Job analysis, Selection, Performance management, Training, Safety, Work motivation, Leadership, and Teams.

Course Requirements

Core Requirement: The department core curriculum requires three courses in research methods and statistics. The two semester, two course sequence in research methods (PSYC 5315-5316) is required of all students. Meeting course requirements for the Ph.D. in I-O fulfills the requirement for a third core course.

Breadth Requirement: The goal of this requirement is to expand students’ general knowledge of the field at large. This requirement is met by completing three courses.  Two content courses outside of the student’s research concentration (including but not limited to the Department of Psychology).  These content courses can be either foundation courses (i.e., 5000-level) in an area, such as the Social psychology or Personality psychology course, or more advanced courses at the 5000- and 6000-level.  The third breadth course can either be a content course or a quantitative course.  Specific courses other than foundation courses to meet an area requirement should be decided by the student and her/his advisor.

Depth Requirement: Meeting course requirements for the I-O concentration fulfills the Department's depth curriculum requirement. The course requirements presented below satisfy all of I-O Ph.D. depth requirements.  All courses are 3 credit hours and must be 5000-level or above:

  1. Survey of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (PSYC 5114)
  2. Two seminars in Advanced Topics in Industrial Psychology (PSYC 6924)
  3. Two seminars in Advanced Topics in Organizational Psychology (PSYC 6934)
  4. Two courses from the following topics: 
    • Advanced Psychometric Theory
    • Multivariate Statistics
    • Structural Equation Modeling
    • Hierarchical Linear Modeling
    • Longitudinal Data Analysis
    • Bayesian Statistics
    • Quantitative topic approved by I/O Area Director
  5. One quantitative course taken from those topics listed in #4 OR a 5000/6000-level content course (including but not limited to the Department of Psychology)

For students earning a Master’s degree on the way to the Ph.D., students must satisfy:  Core requirment, a minimum of two breadth courses, depth requirement #1, and one seminar in either Advanced Industrial Psychology (PSYC 6924) OR Advanced Organizational Psychology (PSYC 6934).

Sample Course Worksheet

Year 1
Fall Credits Spring Credits
PSYC 5315 - Research Methods 3 PSYC 5316 - Research Methods 3
PSYC 5114 - Survey of Industrial-Organizational Psychology 3 PSYC 69XX - Advanced topics in Organizational Psychology OR Industrial Psychology 3
PSYC 5994 - Research and Thesis 6
PSYC 5994 - Research and Thesis 6
Total 12 12
Year 2
PSYC 5XXX - Breadth Requirement 3 PSYC 69XX - Advanced topics in Organizational Psychology OR Industrial Psychology 3
Quant course from #4 above
3
PSYC 5XXX - Breadth Requirement
3
PSYC 5994 - Research and Thesis 6
PSYC 5994 - Research and Thesis 6
Total 12 12
Year 3
Quant. course from #4 above
3 PSYC 69XX - Advanced topics in Organizational Psychology OR Industrial Psychology 3
PSYC 6994 - Research and Dissertation 9 PSYC 6994 - Research and Dissertation 9
Total 12 12
Year 4
Quant. course from #4 above OR 5000/6000-level content course
3 PSYC 69XX - Advanced topics in Organizational Psychology OR Industrial Psychology 3
Research and Dissertation 9 PSYC 6995 - Research and Dissertation 9
Total 12 12

Internship

Students are encouraged to seek internship training. In seeking internships, it is least disruptive to training if the internship is limited to the summer months between academic years. However, students may take a one-semester leave of absence to pursue an external internship. Please note that internships are competitive, requiring students to apply directly to the host organization.

Present and former students have completed such internships in the following organizations:

  • Allstate Insurance
  • American Institutes for Research
  • American Psychological Association
  • Center for Creative Leadership
  • Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute
  • Department of Labor
  • Developmental Dimensions International
  • Home Depot
  • Human Resources Research Organization (HUMRRO)
  • IBM
  • Marriott Intenational
  • Naval Personnel Research & Development Center
  • Office of Personnel Management
  • Personnel Decisions International
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Travelers Insurance
  • United Airlines

Students may also collaborate with faculty on industry consultations to gain "real world" experience.