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I-O Doctoral Program

The Industrial/Organizational Psychology program is offered in cooperation with selected faculty from the College of Business to prepare students for careers in industry or academia. This program embraces the scientist-practitioner model and provides a balanced training in I-O. This emphasis provides "industrial" training in areas such as personnel selection, training, and test development/validation, as well as "organizational" training in areas such as work motivation, leadership, and group processes. Research and other training experiences in various settings are also incorporated. Applications must be made through Graduate Admissions.

Application Deadline
New students may begin only in the Fall Semester. The deadline for receipt of all admission materials is January 15.

Degree Program
  • A minimum of 80 semester credit hours of graduate coursework is required beyond the baccalaureate degree.
  • The qualifying examination consists of an in-class written portion and a subsequent oral exam covering the entire field of I-O Psychology.
  • All students must defend orally a written dissertation proposal to their dissertation committee. A dissertation embodying the results of original research must be accepted by the faculty and the Graduate School.
Application Requirements
  1. Application
  2. Official transcripts from all universities attended
    • Successful applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of 15 undergraduate hours in psychology before beginning the doctoral program.
  3. Three letters of recommendation
    • Letters of recommendation are required from persons qualified to evaluate the applicant's recent academic work, normally present or former college teachers.
  4. Entrance examinations
    • Acceptable Graduate Record Examination scores for the general test is required. Psychology subject test is not required.
    • International students are required to document English proficiency by providing scores from an internationally accepted standardized examination before a decisions is made on admission.
  5. Grade Point Average
    • Minimum of 3.0 on 4.0 scale overall and 3.2 in psychology courses.
  6. Personal Statement
    • Please describe very clearly in 300-400 words your intended area of study and also your reasons for wishing to pursue this course of study, including your perception of its potential relationship to your career goals and plans.
  7. Other
    • Any information that you believe is pertinent (e.g. manuscripts, curriculum vita, or resume)
Application Fee
$50 for domestic applicants; $40 for international applicants.

Assistantships
Teaching assistantships, which include scholarships from the Graduate School for educational fees, are typically offered to full-time students through their second year in the program. In subsequent years, teaching positions in the Department of Psychological Sciences or the College of Business Administration are also available. Applications for assistantships must be sent directly to the Director of Graduate Studies.