The Industrial-Organizational Psychology graduate degree program emphasizes the application of psychological science to enhance the performance and well-being of people in organizations. This program will prepare you to develop assessments of people for selection and placement into jobs, effective training programs, strategies for organizational development, measurement of performance, and ways to promote quality of work-life. Students receive a strong core foundation in industrial and organizational psychology as well as statistics and research methods. Students may select a thesis option (a good choice for students seeking a research-intensive career) or a non-thesis path in one of two graduate certificate tracks:
- Applied Workplace Psychology
- Statistical Methods in Psychology
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A Pathway to Your Masters Degree
The Applied Workplace Psychology and Statistical Methods in Psychology Graduate Certificate Programs may be used as a pathway to the Master of Science in I-O Psychology at Missouri S&T. The GRE is not required to be admitted to a graduate certificate program and credit earned can be counted toward the master's degree. Graduate certificate programs require 12 credit hours (4 courses) to complete. You must earn a B or better in the certificate courses to continue on for your master's degree without needing to submit GRE scores. * Please keep in mind that starting with a certificate does not waive any prerequisite requirements.
*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into the I-O Psychology degree program. To continue in the master's degree program, you must apply and be accepted.
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
GRE Scores (verbal and quantitative).
International students must submit one of the following: TOEFL Score ≥ 79 iBT; IELTS ≥ 6.5
Previous coursework should include: General Psychology, Statistics, and Research Methods. Three of the following six courses are required prior to entering the program: Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, Neuroscience, Sensation and Perception, Personality Theory, Abnormal Psychology. Students not meeting these requirements may still be considered for admission.
Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for an admit decision. Missouri S&T will require official transcripts from all schools attended before a student may register for a second semester at S&T. In order for a transcript to be counted as official, it must be sent directly from the school to S&T.
This program requires a statement of purpose (2-3 paragraphs explaining career goals and interest in program), resume, and 3 letters of recommendation. You will be asked to upload or provide this information during the online application process.
To apply to this program:
Applications are only accepted for Fall semesters. Applications will be reviewed at two time points.
- Early Admission Deadline: March 1st
- Final Admission Deadline: June 1st
- Fall Semester
- March 1
Review of the most recent theoretical and applied research in advanced personnel and organizational psychology. Topics will include personnel selection, training and performance appraisal, job attitudes, motivation, work groups and teams, leadership, organizational culture, and organizational development. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Case studies examining the ethical practice of psychology in organizations will be discussed. This will include covering both the legal and ethical standards surrounding the consulting and practice of I-O psychology and personnel management in organizations. Prerequisite: Graduate standing
An examination of statistical methods used to develop and refine measures of human performance, aptitudes, and personality. Topics include reliability and validity, data reduction, measuring inter-relationships among variables (e.g., factor analysis, multiple regression), and testing group differences. Prerequisite: Psych 5202.
This course will focus on those statistical methods most useful for advanced research in psychology. We will learn to use R, a powerful, open-source statistical programming platform, and work through examples with psychological data sets including such techniques as correlation, ANOVAs, regression, and chi-squared. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Research methods and techniques, with an emphasis on conducting psychological research in organizational settings. Topics discussed include: ethics, reliability and validity in measurement and application, proper uses of experimental, quasi-experimental, and survey methodologies, as well as advanced methodologies IRT, SEM, HLM, and Meta-Analyses. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
This course covers group perception, identification, leadership, structure, conflict, cohesion, commitment, performance, norms, roles, influence, and decisions, and groups¿ relations, networks, and work teams. Students consider both theory and applications to their lives and organizations through observational, research, team and applied assignments. Prerequisite: Psych 4601 or graduate standing.
Examination of the field of organizational development theories and interventions. An emphasis is placed on research methods and application of practices related to individual processes, group processes, and organizational structures and functions that impact change and development strategies and interventions. Prerequisite: Psych 4602 or graduate standing
A focus on the scientific measurement of job performance. An in-depth discussion of the science and methods of appropriate job and task analysis will be discussed. Additionally, students will focus on current issues in performance management and appraisal including scientific findings related to both objective and subjective measures of performance. Prerequisite: Psych 4700 or graduate standing.
Theory and research surrounding employee attitudes, emotions, and behaviors with an emphasis on antecedents and outcomes of: job satisfaction, engagement, organizational justice, trait and state positive and negative affect, organizational citizenship, counterproductive work, and proactive behaviors and the Implications for both employees and organizations. Prerequisite: Psych 5010.
Examination of research related to leadership, motivation, and the impact of organizational culture on organizational performance will be discussed. The course will focus on the application of psychological theories to enhance organizational functioning and to promote positive workplace behaviors. Prerequisite: Psych 5010.
Psychological theories of learning will be covered. Students will learn how evaluate training needs in an organization as well as how to subsequently develop, implement, and validate a training program in an organizational context. Prerequisite: Psych 5700.
Current trends and methods in personnel recruitment and selection including classification, and promotion will be examined. An emphasis will be placed on legal and methodological considerations that can impact proper testing and assessment procedures. Cognitive abilities, personality, physical abilities, and other non-cognitive assessments will be discussed. Prerequisite: Psych 5700
An advanced study of the behavior of individuals in interaction within groups. Consideration will also be given to the experimental literature dealing with the formal properties of groups, conformity and deviation, intergroup relations, and attitude formation and attitude change. Prerequisite: Psych 4600.
An in-depth review of the foundations of human factors, focusing on the interaction of people with various forms of technology in a variety of environments. Topics include research and evaluation methods, displays (e.g., visual, auditory), attention and information processing, decision making, motor skills, anthropometry, and biomechanics. (Co-listed with ENG MGT 5330).
Investigations of an advanced nature leading to the preparation of a thesis or dissertation. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor required.
Missouri Resident Fee Rates
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $950.00
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $2850.00
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $950.00
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $2850.00
Active Duty Military Fee Rates
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $734.94
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $2204.82
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