A. Coursework

A minimum of 80 semester hours of coursework is required for a PhD in I/O Psychology. Additional hours may be taken if so desired. University regulations regarding course loads, residency requirements, etc, are detailed in the University Catalogue. Formal Psychology courses are not usually offered during the summer. Students may, however, pursue Directed Readings, Directed Research, Practicum, Thesis, Dissertation, or Management courses during the summer months.

Required Courses (77 hrs)

  • MGT 5621 - Managing Human Resources (3 hrs)
  • MGT 5611 - Advanced Organizational Behavior (3 hrs)
  • MGT 5625 - Selected Topics in Human Resource Management (3 hrs)
  • PSY 7468 - Seminar: Cognitive Processes (3 hrs)
  • PSY 7412 - Social Psychology (3 hrs)
  • PSY 7421 - Quantitative Methods I (4 hrs)
  • PSY 7422 - Quantitative Methods II (4 hrs)
  • PSY 7423 - Quantitative Methods III (3 hrs)
  • PSY 7429 - Psychometric Theory (3 hrs)
  • PSY 7449 - Research Methods (3 hrs)
  • PSY 7454 - Seminar: Personnel Psychology (3 hrs)
  • PSY 7455 - Seminar: Organizational Psychology (3 hrs)
  • PSY 7457 - Seminar: Special Topics in Industrial Psychology (2 x 3 hrs)*
  • PSY 7458 - Seminar: Special Topics in Organizational Psychology (2 x 3 hrs)*
  • PSY 7472 - Special Topics in Psychology: Applied Issues (2 x 3 hrs)*
  • PSY 7479 - Monthly "Friday" Seminar in I/O Psychology (6 x 1 hr)*
  • PSY 7491 - M.A. Thesis Research (6 hrs)
  • PSY 7492 - Ph.D. Dissertation Research (9 hrs)
*Students are required to take these courses more than once.

Possible Elective Courses

  • MGT 5624 - Organizational Training (3 hrs)
  • MGT 5623 - Compensation and Benefits (3 hrs)
  • MGT 5222 - Union-Management Relations and Collective Bargaining (3 hrs)
  • PSY 7459 - Practicum in I/O Psychology (as approved)
  • PSY 7478 - Directed Research in I/O Psychology (as approved)
  • PSY 7484 - Directed Readings (as approved)
  • Other UM-St. Louis course (as approved)
  • St. Louis University or Washington University course (as approved)

Students with previous graduate training may have their transcript reviewed on an individual basis to determine whether credit can be transferred to this degree program. However, such credit is only given for courses closely matching those required here.

Example Course Sequence

Year
Fall
Spring
1st year MGT 5621 MGT 5625
MGT 5611 PSY 7449
PSY 7412 PSY 5468
PSY 7421 PSY 7422
PSY 7479 PSY 7479
2nd year PSY 7429 PSY 7423
PSY 7454 PSY 7458
PSY 7455 PSY 7472
PSY 7479 PSY 7479
3rd year PSY 7469 PSY 7457
PSY 7491 PSY 7458
PSY 7479 PSY 7465
ELECTIVE PSY 7491
PSY 7479
4th year+ PSY 7492 PSY 7492

 

This is an example sequence. Exact course sequence depends on year of entry to program, course offerings, and student interest.

B. Research

Each Ph.D. student must successfully complete an empirical thesis. Later in the program, the student must also satisfactorily complete the Ph.D. dissertation and an oral examination on the dissertation. Each of these are independent research efforts involving: choosing a research area, generating hypotheses, designing the study, collecting and analyzing the data, and writing up the results. For both the thesis and dissertation, a faculty committee oversees the research.

C. Comprehensive Examination

After completing the thesis but before starting the dissertation, the student must pass a comprehensive examination covering the entire field of I/O psychology. This exam consists of an in-class written portion and a subsequent oral exam.