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Master of Science in Industrial / Organizational Psychology

Industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology is concerned with applying professional skills and focusing scientific research on problems people encounter at work.

The goal of the master’s program is to offer a two-year terminal degree that prepares master’s-level professionals to work within the broad human resource function in organizations. In addition, the program serves as a preparatory sequence for those graduate students who wish to continue their education in a doctoral program. To accomplish this goal, the master’s program addresses the prediction and measurement systems necessary for making accurate personnel decisions with respect to the selection, placement, training and evaluation of employees. It covers the impact of group and other social influences on job-related behaviors, motivation, commitment and communication, and is also concerned with planned change within the organization.

The industrial/organizational master of science degree program at Florida Tech follows the scientist-practitioner model of graduate training, emphasizing the development of research skills, knowledge of I/O theory and techniques, and applied experiences. Through extensive coursework, students receive great breadth in training, focusing on industrial psychology, organizational psychology and measurement/statistics. Florida Tech offers both M.S. and Ph.D. level training in industrial/organizational psychology. The goal of these programs is to train well-rounded I/O psychologists who have flexibility in their career paths and the skills to make a significant difference in society.

The primary culminating experience that prepares the I/O psychology student for a career is the practicum. Practicum experiences reflect a wide variety of career opportunities within the business environment. Ideal career placements for graduates would include positions in employee selection and placement, performance appraisal, training and evaluation, organizational development, compensation and benefits, and employee relations.

Students who plan to continue on a traditional academic track may opt to complete the master’s thesis. The thesis track allows a student to work with a faculty advisor on an independent research project. Students are mentored in areas such as research design, data collection, database management, statistical analysis and preparing a document for submission. Students are also encouraged to develop their computer literacy, critical evaluation and problem-solving skills. The I/O program is affiliated with the Florida Tech Center for Organizational Effectiveness and Institute for Cross-Cultural Management.

Admission Requirements

A master’s applicant should hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology or business, although graduates from other fields are encouraged to apply. A student without a bachelor’s degree in psychology may be required to complete up to nine credit hours of psychology coursework at the undergraduate level before registering for graduate-level courses. These courses are in addition to the 45-credit degree requirement.

A master’s applicant should have a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or higher, and should submit three letters of recommendation, a statement of career objectives, supplement form and GRE General Test scores. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate courses attempted must be submitted. All applications should be submitted by January 15. Preadmission visits to the campus and conferences with faculty and students are strongly encouraged.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology requires the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours of approved coursework and the passing of a final program examination administered in the semester of graduation, or successful defense of a master’s thesis.

Curriculum

Foundations of Psychology (12 credit hours) CREDITS
PSY 5101 Statistical Research Methods 1 3
PSY 5102 Statistical Research Methods 2 3
PSY 5402 Tests and Measurements 3
PSY 5403 Applied Research Methods 3

 

Industrial / Organizational Core (24 credit hours) CREDITS
PSY 5401 Introduction to I/O Psychology 3
PSY 5411 Personnel Selection 3
PSY 5412 Performance Appraisal 3
PSY 5413 Personnel Law 3
PSY 5415 Organizational Psychology 3
PSY 5421 Industrial Training 3
PSY 5422 Group and Team Development 3
PSY 5492 Current Topics in I/O Psychology 3

Elective (3 credit hours)

Thesis (PSY 5999) (6 credit hours)

Typical Electives
PSY 5113 Program Evaluation
PSY 5420 Organizational Change and Transformation
PSY 5430 Emotions in the Workkplace
PSY 5431 Work Motivation
PSY 6402 Chaos Theory in Organizations
PSY 6408 Cultural Seminar in I/O Psychology

Year 1

FALL CREDITS
PSY 5101 Statistical Research Methods 1 3
PSY 5401 Introduction to I/O Psychology 3
PSY 5415 Organizational Psychology 3
PSY 5492 Current Topics in I/O Psychology 1
  10


SPRING CREDITS
PSY 5102 Statistical Research Methods 2 3
PSY 5402 Tests and Measurements 3
PSY 5412 Performance Appraisal 3
PSY 5492 Current Topics in I/O Psychology 1
  10


SUMMER CREDITS
PSY 5422 Group and Team Development 3
  3

Year 2

FALL CREDITS
PSY 5403 Applied Research Methods 3
PSY 5411 Personnel Selection 3
PSY 5492 Current Topics in I/O Psychology 1
  Elective 3
  10


SPRING CREDITS
PSY 5413 Personnel Law 3
PSY 5421 Industrial Training 3
PSY 5496 Practicum in I/O Psychology or
PSY 5999 Thesis 6
   12

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 45