I/O Program Objectives

The program is designed to prepare individuals for positions in industry or for entry into an I/O doctoral program. The scientist/practitioner training model is employed, emphasizing both work-relevant research and applying problem-solving skills to organizational problems. The primary focus of the curriculum is on traditional “industrial” (i.e., personnel) psychology and research methods, but students are exposed to the full range of “organizational” topics as well.

Primary Goal: In order for students to obtain competency in the discipline of I/O psychology, two general learning objectives are pursued within the curriculum. One goal is for each student to acquire content knowledge in the following areas – ethical, legal and professional I/O contexts; attitude theory and measurement; predictor assessment; job evaluation and compensation; leadership and management; organizational development; organizational theory; small group performance and team effectiveness; personnel training, program design and evaluation; and work motivation.

Secondary Goal: A second goal is for each student to develop behavioral skills in the following domains – research methods; statistical methods/data analysis; measurement of individual differences and organizational criteria, job/task analysis and classification; performance appraisal and feedback; and personnel recruitment, selection, and placement. All of these content and behavioral competencies are taken from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Guidelines for Education and Training at the Doctoral Level in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (1998), but they are also consistent with SIOP's (1994) guidelines for I/O master's programs.