Within our M.A. in Experimental Psychology program, students who are interested in applying psychology in business settings may choose an Industrial/Organizational psychology specialization. The courses in this specialized sequence prepare students for jobs in industry or more extensive study in a Ph.D. program. Graduates with this background are prepared for jobs that require the following skills:

  • training
  • psychometrics
  • job analysis
  • personnel selection
  • interviewing
  • performance appraisal
  • empirical research
  • statistical analysis
  • technical writing

The projected job growth in these areas, nationally, is higher than average.

We welcome both full-time and part-time students. Two of our courses are available through Distance Learning: PY 502 and PY 503. Students will have opportunities to work in faculty research labs in our small, personalized department.

Prerequisites for the M.A. program are a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, including coursework in experimental design and statistics. Prospective students who do not yet have these pre-requisites can take the necessary pre-requisites in our undergraduate curriculum prior to applying to the graduate program; students should contact the Chair of the Psychology Department to discuss this possibility.

Program Requirements

The student's program of study must include:

Required Courses
PY 502INDUSTRIAL & ORGANIZA PSY3
PY 530PSYCHOMETRICS3
PY 607PROFESSIONAL DEV IN RES & TCHG1
PY 608GRAD PRACT TCHG & CAREER EXPLO1
PY 610EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN3
PY 611STAT FOR EXPERI METHODS4
PY 641CONC READ/RES SPECIALIZ AREA3
PY 699MASTER'S THESIS6
Elective Courses
Select 6 semester hours of the following:6
HUMAN FACTORS PSYCHOLOGY
TEAMWORK & TEAM RPOCESSES
SUPERVISED RESEARCH
INTERNSHIP IN APPLD PSYCHOLOGY
TEAMS IN ACTION
EMPLOYEE STAFFING & DEVELOP
ORGAN THRY, BEHAV & ENVIRONMEN
LEADERSHIP: THRY & PRACTICE
HRM & ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
ADV STATISTICAL APPLICATIONS
Total Semester Hours30