Industrial/Organizational Psychology develops, extends, and applies psychological principles,
data, and methodology in manufacturing, commercial, industrial, governmental, and other work-oriented
organizations. In general, industrial/organizational psychologists are interested in behavioral issues
associated with "work" and concentrate on the following two specialties.
Industrial psychology focuses on traditional psychological problems of work settings (i.e., personnel
selection, performance evaluation, training, psychometric theory and job satisfaction).
Organizational psychology focuses on individual behavior as it is influenced by the organizational setting
(e.g., applied social psychology, motivation, and social cognition and decision processes, job design and technology).
Please visit the Industrial/Organizational
Psychology Research page for more information regarding the research
conducted in this area.
The program follows the scientist-practitioner training model to prepare students for positions in psychology
departments, business schools, personnel research/human resource management departments of industrial and governmental
organizations, consulting firms, and research institutes. All students in the Industrial/Organizational psychology
program obtain a firm foundation in research methodology, statistics, and several basic areas of psychology that
relate most closely to their interests and objectives.
Please explore the Graduate Student Handbook to get
detailed information regarding the graduate program, as well information specific to each of the five
program areas, such as degree requirements, minor requirements, and information about the doctoral
To get information about the Industrial/Organizational Department in a consolidated form you can visit the I/O Area Website.