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Industrial/ Organizational Psychology Concentration

The industrial/organizational psychology concentration trains students in the conduct and application of psychological research in work settings. Mason’s graduate work in this area emphasizes research as the key to knowledge in both academic and applied settings. The program fosters a peer-oriented environment whereby students collaborate on numerous projects in addition to engaging with faculty members in many different areas of industrial/organizational psychology.

Industrial/organizational psychology informs an array of fields, including personnel selection, quantitative analysis, teams, leadership, work/family issues, and organizational health issues.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

In addition to satisfying the requirements for all master's degrees, students pursuing a master's degree in psychology must successfully complete 30-46 credits of required course work.  They complete this coursework in one of six concentrations.

A maximum of 6 credits of thesis proposal and thesis research (PSYC 798799) may be applied to the master's degree. A maximum of 9 credits of thesis courses (798, 799), Directed Reading and Research (PSYC 597), and Practicum (PSYC 792) may be applied to the degree. 

◊ Concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (IO)

The industrial/organizational psychology concentration trains students in the conduct and application of psychological research in work settings. Expertise can be developed in a variety of areas, including personnel selection, training, leadership, motivation, and human performance assessment.

One core course (3 credits)

PSYC 703 - Social Bases of Behavior Credits: 3

Three courses (at least 10 credits) of statistics

PSYC 611 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4

PSYC 612 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4 or PSYC 754 - Quantitative Methods III: Psychological Applications of Regression Techniques Credits: 3

PSYC 557 - Psychometric Methods Credits: 3 or PSYC 633 - Evaluative Research in Psychology Credits: 3

Two courses (6 credits) of survey of content

PSYC 636 - Survey of Industrial Psychology Credits: 3

PSYC 639 - Survey of Organizational Processes Credits: 3

Three courses (9 credits) of specialized content chosen from:

When their topic is relevant, other courses, including sections of PSYC 592, may be applied to this requirement.

PSYC 638 - Training: Psychological Contributions to Theory, Design, and Evaluation Credits: 3

PSYC 640 - Techniques in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Credits: 3

PSYC 733 - Issues in Personnel Psychology Credits: 3

PSYC 741 - Psychology of Work Motivation Credits: 3

PSYC 667 - Behavior in Small Groups and Teams Credits: 3

PSYC 631 - Industrial and Personnel Testing and Evaluation Credits: 3

PSYC 739 - Seminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Credits: 3

1 credit of professional development chosen from:

   Practicum (Students need an advisor's approval to register for practicum.)

PSYC 890 - Seminar in Professional Psychology Credits: 1-3

Electives (0-3 credits)

Students complete the 32 credits required for this degree through additional course work in statistics or specialized content.

Total: 32 credits

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