Industrial-Organizational Track | Department of Psychology


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Masters of Arts in Psychological Science; Evidence Based; People Driven

Industrial-Organizational Psychology trains students to apply theory and methods of psychology in order to solve workplace issues using a scientist-practitioner approach. Students will be immersed in classic and contemporary research in order to acquire skills in areas of personnel selection, employee motivation, training and development, performance management and evaluation, and organizational change and development. Our program prepares students for doctoral level training, as well as employment in a variety of organizational settings.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for all applicants to our program, we recommend applicants to the Industrial-Organizational Psychology track have passed a college-level introduction to I/O psychology or similar class prior to entrance into our program.

Course of Study

Please view the the Industrial-Organizational track curriculum to learn more about the courses students in this track will take. As part of this coursework, students will complete a 6 credit Plan B Research Project in Psychology, which involves conducting an empirical research project or meta-analysis under the direction of a faculty advisor. The project must be designed and conducted by the individual student; the topic, however, may be based upon the research program of the faculty advisor.

Year 1 (18 credits)
8103 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Psychology (0)
5052 Advanced Statistics 1 (3)
5701 Advanced Personnel Psychology (3)
8701 Performance Evaluation and Management (3)
8021 Research Methods and Evaluation (3)
5702 Advanced Organizational Psychology (3)
8705 Organizational Systems and Development (3)

Year 2 (18 credits)
8706 Personnel Training and Development (3)
8052 Advanced Statistics II (3)
8099 Research Project in Psychology (6)
Elective (6)

Study Plan

It is expected that students will complete the program in two years. Students will be expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better and must earn a grade of B or better for each course. Furthermore, students must not have more than 8 credits or two courses with an incomplete for longer than two semesters.

The Director of the MAPS Program (DGS) will advise newly admitted students during their first semester in the program. Before mid-term of the second semester in which the student is enrolled in the program, the DGS will be responsible for assuring that all students select a faculty advisor and establish an examination committee. The DGS will also be the instructor of record for the Introduction to Graduate studies course.

A final oral examination covering the Plan B project will be given at the end of the student’s academic program. The oral examination will be conducted by the student’s advising/examining committee. The examination will require the student to demonstrate an understanding of the theories, methods, and analyses employed in his or her research project.

Industrial-Organizational Track Faculty

For more information on faculty in this track, please click on the names below.
Alexandra Luong
Julie Slowiak