I/O Program Information

I/O Program Overview

The Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology Program is one of the cornerstones of the Psychology Department’s efforts to achieve national and international recognition in psychology. The I/O psychology program focuses on issues such as the psychology of Human Resource Management, Group Behavior, Cultural Diversity in Organizations, Employee Health and Well-being, and Training and Development. The program emphasizes a commitment both to research and application as a part of individual specialty area development.

The program's primary emphasis is research. Students engage in research, under the supervision of one or more faculty members, throughout their tenure in the program. Students participate in all phases of the research project, ranging from literature searches, preparing research materials, collecting data, analyzing data, interpreting the results, presenting research at professional conferences, and preparing research manuscripts for publication. Full-time commitment to the program includes a strong emphasis on research during all academic semesters, including summer. In addition to engaging in research, students regularly attend program and departmental colloquia and professional conferences.

Students master a series of core courses designed to provide a thorough grounding in theory, methodology, and content in applied and basic research in psychology. These courses are taught by faculty who are involved in research and practice in the relevant areas. In addition, seminars reflecting the specialized foci of our program and faculty are offered. There are opportunities for practice and occasional internships with businesses for students to gain firsthand experience in the application of psychological knowledge to real challenges in organizations.