Our program offers the opportunity for students to receive individual attention from faculty. The class size of I-O courses vary from 6 to 15 students. On a regular basis, our faculty offer independent study opportunities that reflect the needs or desires of individuals or small groups of students. We strive to be accessable to students in whatever form it may be, from assisting with coursework, career guidance, supervision, and research pursuits. Former students reflecting upon their experience in our program have consistently praised the way in which our faculty were available and helped them learn and grow.
Our program allows students to choose between an internship or thesis to complete their gradate requirements, depending on their career goals. We work with students to give then the academic and applied experience to allow them to be competitive in getting an internship offer, and assist in the locating specific internship sites. Our track record is quite impressive. I-O graduates have performed internships in a vast array of prestigious organizations, and this work has been a primary reason for them attaining an initial job offer. (See list of organizations in which our students have interned).
For those students who wish to pursue training at the doctoral level in psychology (or graduate work in other fields) we offer the opportunity to conduct research with faculty. This research experience can be attained via the master's thesis, or through supervised research projects. Several of our former students have been accepted to psychology doctoral programs. (See list of doctoral programs that our students have attended).
The I-O program offers coursework in "traditional" I-O psychology and in the area of Organizational Development (OD). In the I-O area, students can take courses such as Personnel Selection & Appraisal, Organizational Psychology, Legal Issues, Training, and Human Factors. Within the OD component, courses include Organizational Change & Development, Organizational Behavior, and Team Building. (See I-O course offerings & requirements).
Also, since our program is based in psychology, students receive a well-rounded education in the many facets of human behavior. For instance, courses are required in the areas of social, biological, learning, and individual differences, as well as statistics and research design. Our students are taught theory, applied skills, and how to think critically about issues/problems. (See Psychology core course offerings).
The background of our faculty includes research in I-O and related areas in psychology, as well as consultation in organizations. (See I-O faculty). This breadth allows students to learn a variety of knowledge and skills pertinent to a host of career aspirations. Specific areas of faculty expertise include human factors, organizational theory, compensation, program evaluation, legal issues, job analysis, and test construction.