Specialization in I/O Psychology

Specialization in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Industrial/Organizational psychology may be the fastest growing occupation in the next ten years:  http://www.bls.gov/ooh/fastest-growing.htm 

Within our M.A. in Experimental Psychology program, students who are interested in applying psychology in business settings may choose an Industrial/Organizational psychology specialization. The courses in this specialized sequence prepare students for jobs in industry or more extensive study in a Ph.D. program. Students will have opportunities to work in faculty research labs in our small, personalized department. Graduates with this background are prepared for jobs that require the following skills: training, psychometrics, job analysis, personnel selection, interviewing, performance appraisal, empirical research, statistical analysis, and technical writing. The projected job growth in these areas, nationally, is higher than average.

We welcome both full-time and part-time students. Two of our courses are available through Distance Learning: PY 502 Industrial/Organizational Psychology and PY 503 Human Factors. As with our basic M.A. program in Experimental Psychology, two tracks are available: the Thesis option (30 hours) and the Non-thesis option (33 hours).

Pre-requisites for the M.A. program are a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, including coursework in experimental design and statistics. Prospective students who do not yet have these pre-requisites can take the necessary pre-requisites in our undergraduate curriculum; students should contact the Chair of the Psychology Department to discuss this possibility.


Program Requirements

PY 607     Professional Development in Research and Teaching    1 hr.

PY 608     Graduate Practicum in Teaching and Career Exploration  1 hr.      

PY 610     Experimental Design  3 hrs.                                                                  

PY 611     Statistics for Experimental Methods  4 hrs.                                         

PY 502     Industrial/Organizational Psychology  3 hrs.                                        

PY 530     Psychometrics   3 hrs.                                                                           

PY 641     Concentrated Readings/Research in Specialization Area  3 hrs.

PY 699     Thesis   6 hrs.                                                                                                            

Total for Required Courses 24 hrs.


Elective Courses (6 hours for the Thesis option; 9 hours for the Non-thesis option)

A maximum of 6 hours can be taken outside the Psychology department

PY 503     Human Factors  3 hrs.

PY 508     Teamwork and Team Processes   3 hrs.

PY 520     Ethics in Counseling, Research, and the Profession  3 hrs.

PY 650     Supervised Research  3 or 6 hrs.

PY 675     Internship in Applied Psychology  1, 2, or 3 hrs.

MGT 560 Employee Staffing and Development  3 hrs.

MGT 600 Organizational Theory, Behavior and Environment  3 hrs.

MGT 629 Leadership  3 hrs.

MGT 631 Strategic Human Resource Mgmt in a Tech Environment  3 hrs.

ISE 790    Advanced Statistical Applications (MA 508 Pre-Req.)  3 hrs.

EM 664    Teams in Action  3 hrs.


Suggested Program of Study

First year

Fall Spring
PY 607 Professional Development PY 608 Graduate Practicum
PY 610 Graduate Experimental Design PY 530 Psychometrics
PY 502 Industrial/Organizational Psychology 3 credit elective
PY611 Graduate Statistics 3 credit elective
11 Hours 10 hours


Summer (preparation for thesis work)

PY 641   Concentrated Readings           3 hours


Second Year

Fall Spring
PY 699 Thesis   PY 699 Thesis
3 hours 3 hours


During the second year, students are encouraged to take additional courses or to engage in an internship.