Dear George (FAQs)

Can I get a masters degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology?

The School of Psychology does not offer a terminal masters program. A master’s degree is earned en route to a doctoral degree.

Can I enroll in the I-O graduate program part-time?

No. You must be a full-time student, that is, enroll in at least 12 hours per semester.

What courses do I-O students take?
In addition to the general psychology program requirements doctoral students in the I-O psychology program must complete three course-set requirements (for a total of four courses) and a Minor in Statistics/Quantitative Methods.

I-O Area Core Requirements

  • PSYC 7202 Personnel Psychology Seminar
  • PSYC 7203 Organizational Behavior Psychology Seminar
  • PSYC 7204 Training & Development
  • PSYC 7205 Teams
  • A minimum of two advanced I-O topical seminars

Courses recommended by the I-O faculty for completing the Statistics/Quantitative Methods minor:

  • PSYC 7301 Introduction to Multivariate Statistics
  • PSYC 7302 Structural Equation Modeling
  • PSYC 7303 Psychometric Theory

Students may also choose other appropriate courses offered within or outside Psychology. I-O students also have the option of completing an additional Minor (i.e., in addition to this Minor) in an area that complements their program of study and/or interests.

For more detailed information on program and course requirements review the Graduate Student Handbook.

Course descriptions are available here.

How many students do you admit each year?

We are a competitive program and typically accept 4-6 students (from among 100 or more applicants) each year. This number varies across years depending on faculty interests and fiscal capacity.

What about the GRE?

The GRE General Test is required for most graduate programs and you also have to submit your GRE General Test scores when you apply to the School of Psychology. We do not have strict cut-off scores because we consider the application as a whole. The GRE Psychology Subject Test is desired but not required for the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program.

Visit the GRE website for more information on test content, registration, and administration.

What about funding?

In most research-oriented universities, the predominant means of support for graduate students comes from assistantships. An assistantship usually involves a reduction in tuition and fees and also stipend. The amount varies across departments.

Generally, a
Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) may grade tests, run a laboratory, review, or discussion section for a professor, or teach an introductory level course. A Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) participates in a faculty member’s research. The work will vary: it may be coding data, conducting laboratory tests, designing computer programs to support research, or conducting library research.

How might I secure a Graduate Assistantship?

Initially you must indicate on your application that you would like to be considered for assistantship. In most cases you will work in the School of Psychology. However, you may seek an assistantship in another department if you are qualified.

Is it difficult to obtain an assistantship in the School of Psychology?

We make every attempt to provide financial assistance to all incoming graduate students in Psychology. We believe the opportunities gained through an assistantship are vital to a successful graduate experience.


How long does it take to get my Ph.D.?


Doctoral and master’s candidates share a core curriculum in general psychology and quantitative methods. Most students require a minimum of three calendar years to complete the course requirements and thesis. The doctoral program consists of additional coursework, programs of individual study, and research culminating in the dissertation. Most students entering the program with a bachelor’s degree require at least five years to complete a doctoral degree.

Who is George?

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