Specialization in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
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.
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 Management in a Technological Environment||3 hrs.|
|ISE 790||Advanced Statistical Applications (MA508 Pre-Req. Applied Linear Algebra)||3 hrs.|
|EM 664||Teams in Action||3 hrs.|
Suggested Program of Study
|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
|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.
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