A key factor which differentiates I/O psychologists from other business professionals is the science-based perspective for dealing with organizational issues. In other words, organizational interventions and processes used by I/O psychologists are based on a foundation of scientific findings. What this means for our students is that we must train them to be consumers of the science of I/O psychology. Thus, our students are trained to read, understand, and evaluate scientific research. Additionally, our students are trained to understand and perform analytics techniques so that they can make evidence-based decisions.

Under this scientist-practitioner model, students will gain foundations in both core and cutting-edge topics such as in topics such as talent management, leadership, competency modeling, succession planning, job attitudes, employee motivation, organizational development and organizational change.

The two-year curriculum plan is as follows:

Fall Year 1

  • PSYC6171 – Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3)
  • PSYC6102 –  Organizational Research Methods (3)

Spring Year 1        

  • PSYC6205 – Field and Lab Based Quantitative Research Methods (3)
  • PSYC6173 – Job Attitudes (3)

Summer Year 1

  • PSYC6175 – Organizational Development and Change (3)
  • PSYC6640 – Topics in Organizational Psychology (3)

Fall Year 2

  • PSYC6172 – Talent Acquisition (3)
  • PSYC6207 – Measurement in Organizations (3)

Spring Year 2

  • PSYC6177 – Talent Management (3)
  • PSYC6630 – Topics in Talent Management (3)

Summer Year 2

  • PSYC6899 – Readings and Research (1)
  • Comprehensive Examination

Although it is uncommon, students who are interested have the option to complete a master’s thesis. Students who select this option will have a proposal, a defense, and will take a required six (6) credits of PSYC 6999. Additionally, students who complete the master’s thesis option will not be required to complete the comprehensive exam.