School of Psychology

Course Sequence and Degree Requirements

Three themes: general psychology, research, and industrial-organizational psychology, run through the I-O psychology program and are reflected in the typical two-year, full time schedule of classes in the program.

First Year

  • ProSem: Applied I-O Psychology
  • Assessment Techniques in I-O Psychology
  • Advanced Research Design and Analysis
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Advanced Statistics I and II
  • Computer Statistical Language I and II

Second Year

  • Training and Development
  • Seminar in I-O Psychology
  • Personnel Psychology
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Professional Development Issues: I-O Psychology


The three credit hour internship comprises of 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 students full responsibility for designing and carrying out the project, or the internship may bring the student into an ongoing activity within an organization, such as employment interviewing or testing. A list of past internship sites can be found here.


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 professionals from the Cincinnati community. Upon completion, the student presents the thesis to the same committee. A list of recent thesis titles can be found here.

Language Requirement

Students must demonstrate proficiency in a computer language, typically gained through courses Computer Statistical Language I and II.


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 in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, 2016, 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 disseminated in earlier courses.