The Industrial/Organizational (I/O) program is designed for students who plan careers in Human Resource areas of business, industry, government, or other organizations. The program also prepares students for doctoral training in I/O and related fields.
The I/O program requires 27 semester hours of course work: PSY601, 602, 524, 560, 562, 569, 566, 600, & 630. In addition, 12-15 semester hours of elective courses must be completed. Common electives include: PSY510, PSY546, PSY 571, PSY572, PSY567, 590 (I/O related), and 610. Students may take 6 elective graduate hours outside of Psychology (e.g., Human Resource Management HRM or PPA departments). Electives must be approved by the advisor.
Here is an Advising Guide which lists typical course sequences and elective options for the I/O concentration.
Students are expected to complete the I/O core courses (PSY601, 602, 560, 562, & 569) with a minimum GPA of at least 3.25. Failure to do so will result in the student being required to pass the "candidacy exam" as mentioned in the "Degree Candidacy" section.
Students must file for Degree Candidacy after 15 hours in the program, and upon completion of the I/O core. This typically occurs at the end of the first academic year. Forms are available from the Graduate Coordinator or from the Office of Graduate Studies. Students who do not achieve a 3.25 GPA in the I/O core must take and pass a written candidacy exam immediately upon completion of the core courses. Continuation in the program will be dependent upon passing the exam.
With careful selection of electives, internship placement and research focus, students can develop personal concentrations in areas such as performance analysis and organizational behavior management, training, personnel evaluation and placement, and group and organizational processes.