Why Get Your IO Degree at Mason?

In the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program, we are very proud of the accomplishments of both our faculty and students. The key to these accomplishments, in both academic and applied settings, is based in the quality and quantity of research produced by those in the program. Our program emphasizes dedication to hard work, collaboration, and innovation.

Our industrial and organizational psychology program consists of seven psychology faculty (Buffardi, Cortina, Dalad, Kaplan, King, Tetrick, & Zaccaro), four closely aligned faculty from the Business School (Cramton, Klimoski, Kravitz, & Marks), and approximately 30 PhD students and 30 MA students at any given time.

Faculty Quick Facts

  • Publish frequently in top journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Psychological Bulletin, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Human Performance, Organizational Research Methods, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Psychological Methods, and Leadership Quarterly.

  • Have a strong presentation record in SIOP, Academy of Management, APA, APS, and related conferences.

  • Serve as Associate Editor of Journal of Applied Psychology; Associate Editor of Journal of Occupational Health Psychology; Editorial board members for Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Psychological Methods, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Organizational Research Methods, Journal of Management Journal of Organizational Behavior; ad hoc reviewing for all such journals plus National Science Foundation, Journal of PersonalitySocial Psychology, etc.

  • Authored and edited multiple books.

  • Contributed to edited volumes such as The Encyclopedia of Psychology, Handbook of Selection, Encyclopedia of Behavioral Statistics, The Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology, and Encyclopedia of Occupational Health and Safety.

  • Active members in several SIOP committees, committee chairs, the executive committee, and past SIOP President.

  • Winners of multiple awards (SIOP Early Career Award, Dissertation Award).

  • Have considerable practical experience and consulting experience, and a strong record of grant funding.

Students as Productive Professionals

  • Average graduation rate is 5 years for PhD students, 2 years for MA students.

  • PhD placements are approximately 40% academic (e.g., Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, Concordia, Tulsa, IUPUI, Calgary) and 60% applied (e.g., World Bank, Booz-Allen Hamilton, Army Research Institute, Office of Personnel Management, Federal Management Partners, PDRI, HumRRO).

  • Nearly all students give multiple presentations at national conferences such as SIOP and Academy of Management; many have co-authored and first-authored publications.

  • Opportunities for funding exist both on and off campus.