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

Total credits: 72-76

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

In addition to satisfying the requirements for all doctoral degrees, students must successfully complete 72–76 credits of required course work chosen in one of five concentrations. Each concentration consists of four educational components: core courses, upper-level specialty courses, supervised practica, and dissertation.

Psychology Concentrations
  • Concentration in Applied Developmental Psychology (APD)
  • Concentration in Clinical Psychology (CLN)
  • Concentration in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience (CBNR)
  • Concentration in Human Factors/Applied Cognition (HF)
  • Concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (IO)

Concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (IO)

Overview

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 Coursework

Core Course

PSYC 703 Social Bases of Behavior 3
Total Credits 3

Required Courses in Statistics

PSYC 557 Psychometric Methods 3
PSYC 611 Advanced Statistics 4
PSYC 633 Evaluative Research in Psychology 3
PSYC 754 Quantitative Methods III: Psychological Applications of Regression Techniques 3
PSYC 892 Special Topics in Psychology 1-6
Select one additional specialized statistics course 1 3
Total Credits 17-22
1

Such as PSYC 646 Issues and Methods in Longitudinal Developmental Research, PSYC 756 Quantitative Methods IV: Multivariate Techniques in Psychology, PSYC 892 Special Topics in Psychology (not SEM/META)

Survey of Content 

PSYC 631 Industrial and Personnel Testing and Evaluation 3
PSYC 636 Survey of Industrial Psychology 3
PSYC 639 Survey of Organizational Processes 3
PSYC 739 Seminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology 3
Total Credits 12

Specialized Content 

Students taking 12 credits of specialized content may take an additional 3 credits of PSYC 897 Directed Reading and Research.

Select four to five courses of specialized content from the following: 12-15
Training: Psychological Contributions to Theory, Design, and Evaluation  
Behavior in Small Groups and Teams  
Issues in Personnel Psychology  
Psychology of Work Motivation  
Special Topics in Psychology  
Total Credits 12-15

Professional Development 

Required:  
PSYC 890 Seminar in Professional Psychology 3
PSYC 892 Special Topics in Psychology 6
Recommended:  
Select one from the following:
 
Practicum in Applied Psychology  
Directed Reading and Research
PSYC 730
& PSYC 897
Practicum in Applied Psychology
and Directed Reading and Research
 
Total Credits 9
1

Students taking 12 credits of specialized content may take an additional 3 credits of PSYC 897 Directed Reading and Research.

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

The dissertation requirement is designed to demonstrate the student's ability to apply psychological principles to research problems. Once enrolled in PSYC 999 Doctoral Dissertation, students must follow the university's continuous registration policy as specified in AP.6.10.6 Dissertation Research. Students who defend in the summer must be registered for at least 1 credit of PSYC 999 Doctoral Dissertation.

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

Select 12 credits from th efollowing: 12
Doctoral Dissertation Proposal  
Doctoral Dissertation  
Total Credits 12
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