Psychology
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Industrial/ Organizational Psychology Concentration

The industrial/organizational psychology concentration focuses on multiple aspects of behavior in organizational settings, including personnel selection, quantitative analysis, teams, leadership, work and family issues, and organizational health issues. 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 working with faculty members, in many different areas of industrial/organizational psychology.

Students pursuing this concentration must complete 72 graduate credits comprised of course work and at least 12 credits of dissertation research. The number of credits required may be reduced for a prior master’s degree as described above.

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Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

◊ Concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (IO)

The industrial/organizational psychology concentration focuses on multiple aspects of behavior in organizational settings, including personnel selection, quantitative analysis, teams, leadership, work and family issues, and organizational health issues. 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 working with faculty members, in many different areas of industrial/organizational psychology.

Students pursuing this concentration must complete 72 graduate credits comprised of course work and at least 12 credits of dissertation research. The number of credits required may be reduced for a prior master's degree as described above.

Doctoral Course Work (60 credits)

One core course (3 credits) chosen from:

PSYC 703 - Social Bases of Behavior Credits: 3

Six required courses (19 credits) in statistics

PSYC 557 - Psychometric Methods Credits: 3

PSYC 611 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4

PSYC 633 - Evaluative Research in Psychology Credits: 3

PSYC 754 - Quantitative Methods III: Psychological Applications of Regression Techniques Credits: 3

PSYC 892 - Special Topics in Psychology Credits: 1-6

One additional specialized statistics course [such as PSYC 646, PSYC 756, PSYC 892 (not SEM/META)] Credits: 3

Four courses (12 credits) in survey of content

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

PSYC 636 - Survey of Industrial Psychology Credits: 3

PSYC 639 - Survey of Organizational Processes Credits: 3

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

Four to five courses (12-15 credits) of specialized content chosen from the following:

Students taking 12 credits of specialized content may take an additional 3 credits of PSYC 897.

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

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

PSYC 733 - Issues in Personnel Psychology Credits: 3

PSYC 741 - Psychology of Work Motivation Credits: 3

PSYC 892 - Special Topics in Psychology Credits: 1-6

At least 9 credits of professional development

Required

PSYC 890 - Seminar in Professional Psychology Credits: 1-3(3 credits required)

PSYC 892 - Special Topics in Psychology Credits: 1-9(6 credits required)

Recommended

PSYC 730 - Practicum in Applied Psychology Credits: 1-6

And/or

PSYC 897 - Directed Reading and Research Credits: 1-3

Electives

Students complete the remaining credits required for this degree through additional course work in professional development or dissertation.

Advancement to Candidacy

To advance to candidacy, students must complete all core courses required by the program. Students must also successfully complete and pass written and oral comprehensive exams.

Dissertation Research (12 credits)

The dissertation requirement is designed to demonstrate the student's ability to apply psychological principles to research problems. Once enrolled in PSYC 999, students must follow the university's continuous registration policy as specified in AP.6 Graduate Policies. Students who defend in the summer must be registered for at least 1 credit of 999.

Students complete a minimum of 3 credits of PSYC 998 and 3 credits of 999. They must apply a minimum of 12 dissertation credits (998 and 999 combined) to the degree. Because of the continuous registration policy, students may be required to register for additional credits of these courses.

PSYC 998 - Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Credits: 1-6

PSYC 999 - Doctoral Dissertation Credits: 1-9

Total: 72 credits

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