Industrial/Organizational Psychology

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The Master’s Program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology prepares students for work in private industry, governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, and universities and for advanced academic studies at the doctorate level.

About the Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The program follows a scientist-practitioner model that combines a strong foundation in the science, theories, and concepts of Industrial/Organizational Psychology with practical application of these components to quantify human behavior and address organizational needs.

Students completing the program are prepared to develop and use tests for selection of employees, conduct job analysis and evaluation, identify training and development needs of organizations and groups, evaluate the effectiveness of organizational interventions, facilitate organizational change and development, and maximize the effectiveness and qualify of work life for individuals and work groups in organizational settings.

What is Industrial/Organizational Psychology?

Industrial/Organizational psychology is the scientific study of the workplace. Rigor and methods of psychology are applied to issues of critical relevance to business, including talent management, coaching, assessment, selection, training, organizational development, performance, and work-life balance.

–From Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (SIOP) website homepage

Students may earn either a Master of Arts or Master of Science Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Non-thesis students earn a Master of Arts and thesis students earn a Master of Science degree. Both programs require the completion of 40 semester hours in order to graduate.

All students enter the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Graduate Program under the Master of Arts option. Individuals may transfer to the Master of Science option after 15-18 hours of graduate credit, if recommended by the graduate faculty in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and approved by the graduate Council of the Graduate School.

A minimum grade of B- must be earned in all required courses. The programs are designed to develop general competence in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, a behavioral science, and to prepare students for advanced academic studies, research, or industrial careers.

Program Highlights

Our program is 40 semester hours. It emphasizes the quantification of human behavior and industrial activities including the areas of personnel selection and testing, job analysis and evaluation, performance appraisal, organizational behavior, training systems, and survey technology.

Our program revolves around the scientist-practitioner model. This model, integral to our field’s discipline, involves an equal emphasis in training for both scientific study and practical application. Using the scientist-practitioner model in our Industrial/Organizational graduate program allows for a well-rounded, competitive knowledge of the field upon graduation.

Generally we enroll around ten students each fall. The small class size allows for more personalized attention and feedback. In all of our required courses, students are assigned projects which enable them to utilize the scientific knowledge learned in class through practical application.

We are conveniently located in San Antonio, Texas, a hub for various corporate headquarters. Our proximity and rapport with organizations in the area provide many valuable practicum and networking opportunities.

Non-Thesis Option

40 Hours Total

Required: 31 hours

PS6185 Computer Applications in Behavioral and Social Science 1 hour
PS6363 Group Dynamics in Organizations 3 hours
PS6366 Personnel Psychology 3 hours
PS6369 Organizational Psychology 3 hours
PS6370 Professional Development and Assessment Centers 3 hours
PS6381 Psychological Research 3 hours
PS6385 Advanced Statistics 3 hours
PS6386 Multivariate Statistics 3 hours
PS7321 Advanced Tests & Measurements 3 hours
PS7367 Survey Development 3 hours
PS7385 Practicum in Personnel Psychology 3 hours
Elective: 9 hours
PS***G Psychology/Non-Psychology Elective [as approved] 3 hours
PS***G Psychology/Non-Psychology Elective [as approved] 3 hours
PS***G Psychology/Non-Psychology Elective [as approved] 3 hours

All students are required to complete 9 hours or non-psychology elective courses, such as Business Administration Public Administration, Political Science, or Communication Studies. Students should consult the Program Director to determine the acceptability of courses non-psychology electives.

Thesis Option

For many students, the primary reason to pursue a thesis is to obtain an independent research and writing experience prior to entry into a doctoral program. For some, it is a means of acquiring greater depth of knowledge in a subject of interest, or preparation for employment in a specialized field.

Although reasons for writing a thesis vary, the purpose of the research is to discover new knowledge or enhance existing knowledge in the field of interest. A project that helps to solve a practical problem may also be acceptable. The thesis is a cumulative experience, which provides a record for student achievement in the program.

The technical and grammatical quality of a thesis is an index of the professional abilities of the student, the supervising professor, and committee members. Moreover, it is representative of the quality of graduate education of the University.

40 Hours Total

Required: 28 hours

PS6185 Computer Applications in Behavioral and Social Science 1 hour
PS6363 Group Dynamics in Organizations 3 hours
PS6366 Personnel Psychology 3 hours
PS6369 Organizational Psychology 3 hours
PS6370 Professional Development and Assessment Centers 3 hours
PS6381 Psychological Research 3 hours
PS6385 Advanced Statistics 3 hours
PS6386 Multivariate Statistics 3 hours
PS7321 Advanced Tests & Measurements 3 hours
PS7367 Survey Development 3 hours
Thesis: 6 hours
PS6387 Research (Thesis) 3 hours
PS6388 Thesis (Defense) 3 hours
Elective: 6 hours
PS7358 Practicum in Personnel Psychology OR 3 hours
PS***G Psychology/Non-Psychology
Elective [as approved]
3 hours

Students who earn the Master of Science usually complete 3 hours of Psychology electives and 3 hours of non-Psychology courses, such as Business Administration, Political Science, Public Administration, or Communication Studies. Students should consult Program Director to determine the acceptability of courses non-psychology electives.


Practicum

The 225 hour practicum experience is a very important component to the degree program. Students will have the opportunity to use the skills that they have developed in their degree program at their placement site(s). Practicum placements are made in collaboration with the Graduate Program Director and the student candidate.

Placements vary depending on student interests and aptitudes, available supervision, student demand, and programmatic factors that may be out of the immediate control of the University.

Students in our program are encouraged to cultivate practicum placements in the community provided these are approved in advance by the Graduate Program Director. Additional, program specific, practicum requirements may be obtained from the Graduate Program Director.

In the past, students have completed their practicum at organizations such as: Valero, Optech Inc., City Public Service (CPS), Professional Service Industries, Inc. (PSI), United Services Automobile Association (USAA), and many others.

Comprehensive Exam

In addition to regular course examinations, each student must pass a general comprehensive examination before the degree is conferred. Students are required to demonstrate breadth of knowledge in the discipline, depth in specific areas, and the ability to integrate what has been learned. Additional detail about the comprehensive exam and examination policies in each program will be provided to students in the semester when they are eligible to take the exam.

Students must pass a written comprehensive examination, which is offered twice a year, in the fall and the spring semester. Fall testing dates are usually scheduled for the week immediately after undergraduate mid-semester break. Spring testing dates are usually scheduled for the week immediately after Spring Break. No examinations are offered in summer sessions.

To be eligible to sit for the examination, students must be in good academic standing (i.e., not on academic probation or suspension), been admitted to candidacy, completed all prerequisites, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, have a “B-” or better in all required courses, and have at least a “B-” average in all core courses at the mid-term grading period in that semester.

During the semester in which a student schedules his or her comprehensive examination, a final core course may be taken and the student is responsible for all material covered in the course. All other core courses must have been completed in prior semesters. Program requirements for practicum, internship, and elective courses may occur after a student takes his or her comprehensive examination if permitted by the respective Graduate Program Director.


Career Opportunities

Industrial/Organizational Psychology students are prepared for entry to Ph.D. or Psy.D. programs in Industrial/Organizational Psychology or a career in business and industry. Graduates interested in a career in business and industry can anticipate job opportunities in positions focusing on quantification of human behavior. Students are prepared for positions involving personnel selection and testing, job analysis and evaluation, performance appraisal, organizational behavior, training, and survey technology.

Recent alumni have been hired into I/O relevant jobs by organizations such as AT&T, Booz Allen Hamilton, City Public Service (CPS), HEB, Rackspace, United States Air Force, United States Civil Service, University of Texas System, Valero and Walgreens.

Students who expect to earn a degree must be admitted to candidacy for the degree. Candidacy indicates the student has demonstrated a general knowledge of psychology and the ability to do graduate work. In addition to completing the application for candidacy, to be eligible, a student must have:

  • Completed all prerequisites with a minimum grade of C;
  • Completed 12 graduate credit hours in their degree program;
  • Maintained a B- average in all coursework in their degree program;
  • Earned a minimum grade of B- in all required (non-elective) courses;
  • Acceptable GRE scores on file in the Graduate Office;
  • Successful completion of assessment center and development plan; and
  • Satisfied other specified departmental requirements.

Students will not be permitted to acquire more than 19 graduate credits without satisfying the requirements for candidacy.

For more information about the Master’s Industrial/Organizational Psychology program and its degree requirements, see the Graduate Catalog.
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Gregory Pool, Ph.D.

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