Graduate Program in Social & Industrial / Organizational Psychology

Ph.D. Requirements

As part of their Ph.D., students must complete all of the departmental requirements for the M.A. in Psychology (see Graduate Admissions).

Students complete a total of 90 credit hours (including M.A. credits). Prior to defending the dissertation proposal, students must participate in area research meetings (PSYC 690). In addition, other Ph.D. requirements include:

  • An approved program of courses emphasizing either Social or I/O psychology
  • Candidacy exams (after completion of the M.A. and Ph.D. course work)
  • A Ph.D. dissertation (18-24 credits)

Program of Courses

Students focus their doctoral training in either social or industrial/organizational psychology.  Upon completion of the requisite coursework, candidacy examinations are tailored to reflect this emphasis.  Prior to taking candidacy exams, students may elect to change the focus of their training by completing the coursework that corresponds to the new emphasis.  In addition to completing departmental MA requirements, students choose from the following courses.  Courses marked with a * indicates courses required for both emphases.  In addition, students typically choose four courses in their emphasis and two in the other field.  At least four Tools (statistics) classes are required for students in both emphases, but students are encouraged to complete all Tools courses.

Social-Related Courses

  • *PSYC 620    Experimental Social Psychology
  • *PSYC 621    Small Group Behavior
  • PSYC 623    Evolutionary Psychology
  • PSYC 624    Attitude Change
  • PSYC 625    Social Cognition
  • PSYC 671J    The Social Self
  • PSYC 671J    Motivation

Industrial/Organizational Related Courses

  • *PSYC 616    Organizational Psychology
  • PSYC 615    Personnel Psychology
  • PSYC 617    Individual Assessment within Organizational Settings
  • PSYC 618    Evaluation Research
  • PSYC 619    Psychology of Organizational Development  and Training
  • PSYC 652    Practicum in I/O Psychology
  • PSYC 671J    Industrial/Organizational Seminar

Tools Courses

  • *PSYC 604    Experimental Design
  • *PSYC 606    Regression
  • *PSYC 607    Psychometrics
  • *PSYC 710    Multivariate Statistics
  • PSYC 712    Structural Equation Modeling
  • PSYC 714    Meta-Analysis
  • PSYC 671J    Multi-Level Modeling   

Students in both emphases also take at least three courses from outside of the Psychology Department. Courses may be tailored to students’ interests, but are typically selected from the following:

Department of Management

  • MGMT 436    Compensation and Benefits Administration
  • MGMT 528    Equal Opportunity and Employment
  • MGMT 538    Employment Law
  • MGMT 620    Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 633    Organizational Theory
  • MGMT 635    Organizational Behavior
  • MGMT 648    Strategic Human Resource Management

Department of Marketing

  • MKTG 505    Graduate Survey of Marketing
  • MKTG 603    Marketing Research and Analysis
  • MKTG 625    Buyer Behavior

Department of Counseling, Adult, & Health Education  (CAHE)

  • CAHA 533 Learning How to Learn:  Applied Theory for Adults

Department of Communication

  • COMM 507    Small Group Communication
  • COMM 561    Internal Organizational Communication
  • COMM 571    Organizational Leadership & Communication
  • COMM 572    Organizational Development & Communication
  • COMM 573    External Organizational Communication
  • COMM 580    Conflict Management & Negotiation
  • COMM 607    Seminar in Persuasion

Department of Political Science (Public Administration)

  • PSPA 505    Organization Theory and Behavior
  • PSPA 509    Public Personnel Management
  • PSPA 555    Organization Development in the Public Sector
  • PSPA 558    Labor-Management Relations in the Public Sector
  • PSPA 559    Topics in Public Administration

Department of Sociology

  • SOCI 550    Complex Organizations