Industrial/Organizational Psychology develops, extends, and applies psychological principles, data, and methodology in manufacturing, commercial, industrial, governmental, and other work-oriented organizations. In general, industrial/organizational psychologists are interested in behavioral issues associated with "work" and concentrate on the following two specialties. Industrial psychology focuses on traditional psychological problems of work settings (i.e., personnel selection, performance evaluation, training, psychometric theory and job satisfaction). Organizational psychology focuses on individual behavior as it is influenced by the organizational setting (e.g., applied social psychology, motivation, and social cognition and decision processes, job design and technology). Please visit the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Research page for more information regarding the research conducted in this area.
The program follows the scientist-practitioner training model to prepare students for positions in psychology departments, business schools, personnel research/human resource management departments of industrial and governmental organizations, consulting firms, and research institutes. All students in the Industrial/Organizational psychology program obtain a firm foundation in research methodology, statistics, and several basic areas of psychology that relate most closely to their interests and objectives.
Please explore the Graduate Student Handbook to get detailed information regarding the graduate program, as well information specific to each of the five program areas, such as degree requirements, minor requirements, and information about the doctoral preliminary examinations.
To get information about the Industrial/Organizational Department in a consolidated form you can visit the I/O Area Website.