Industrial-Organizational Psychology - Curriculum

The industrial-organizational concentration requires a full-time commitment over two academic years. The 43-semester hour requirement comprises 18 credit hours in core courses in psychology, including research design, statistics, and computer applications, 16 credit hours in industrial-organizational psychology courses, three credit hours in a practicum in industrial-organizational psychology, and six credit hours in thesis work.

Program Content

Three themes run through the I-O psychology program and are reflected in the typical two-year schedule of classes in the program.

1.  General Psychology (3 credit Hours).  Three areas of psychology, integrated into a proseminar course, help assure basic knowledge within the general field of psychology. These three areas are theories of personality, advanced social psychology and learning and cognition. This course is listed in the catalog as:

  • ProSeminar:  Applied I-O Psychology

2.  Research (15 credit hours).  Other core courses reflect the importance of a research foundation in psychology.

These courses are:

  • Advanced Statistics I and II
  • Computer Statistical Language I and II
  • Advanced Research Design and Analysis
  • Thesis

3.  Industrial-Organizational Psychology (25 credit hours).  A larger group of courses directly serve student interests in I-O Psychology.  For first year students, 10 hours of I-O psychology courses are incorporated.  For second year students, these courses include 15 credit hours.  Overall, these courses consist of: 

  • Personnel Psychology
  • Internship in I-O Psychology
  • Assessment Techniques in I-O Psychology
  • Seminar in I-O Psychology
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Training and Development
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Elective Course

The I-O psychology curriculum reflects the areas of competence to be developed in master's level I-O psychology courses, as identified in Guidelines for education and Training at the Master's Level in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, 1994, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Inc.  (Division 14 of the American Psychological Association).  The curriculum is structured in such a way that later courses build on the content dissemininated in earlier courses.


The three-credit hour practicum comprises 120 clock hours of supervised work in an appropriate field setting. This work may take the form of a project arranged with an employer that allows the student full responsibility for designing and carrying out the project, or the practicum may bring the student into an ongoing activity within an organization, such as employment interviewing or testing. The student receives a final grade for the practicum.


The thesis carries six credit hours and takes the form of an empirical research study. Under the supervision of an advisor, the student develops a thesis proposal and presents this to a three-member committee made up of faculty members and/or interested psychologists from the Cincinnati community. Upon completion, the student presents the thesis to the same committee. A single final grade is assigned to the thesis.

Download "A Guide to Theses Proposal, Preparation and Defense."

Language Requirement

Students in both concentrations of the master's degree program must demonstrate proficiency in a computer language, typically gained through the courses PSYC 520 and 521, Computer Statistical Language I and II.