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Master of Science in Psychology - Option in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

This is a 36-unit program.

Prerequisites

1. A bachelor's degree with a major in psychology or 24 upper division units of psychology.

2. Take both of the following courses:

  • PSY 220 Research Methods (4)
    Prerequisites: PSY 100, PSY 210, GE A1 requirement.
  • PSY 310 Intermediate Statistics (4)
    Prerequisites: PSY 100, PSY 210.

Take one of the following courses:

  • PSY 314, PSY 315

Take one of the following courses:

  • PSY 332, PSY 333

Take one of the following courses:

  • PSY 351, PSY 381, PSY 453/553

Students may be admitted to the MSIO program if they lack only one required course. The missing course must be completed within the first year of graduate study. However, PSY 314 or PSY 315 AND PSY 351 or PSY 381 or PSY 453/553 must be completed prior to MSIO program entry, as they are prerequisites for the first semester MSIO program coursework. Students missing more than one prerequisite course at the time of application may be offered provisional admission if they submit an approved plan to take the missing courses prior to admission to the program.

Advancement to Candidacy

Advancement to Candidacy is the next step after achieving classified status and confers catalog rights to graduate students and signifies approval of a plan of study by the graduate student's program, department, and college. The prerequisites to advancement are:

1. Application for Advancement to Candidacy must be completed prior to or concurrent with enrollment in PSY 699 (Directed Research and Portfolio) or PSY 698 (Thesis).

2. Classified status.

3. An approved program of studies for the Master of Science, Industrial and Organizational option degree.

4. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

5. A minimum 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.0 GPA in all units undertaken for the program (at least 6 graduate units).

6. Be enrolled in regular session.

Requirements

Students must declare their intention to pursue one of two possible tracks within the MSIO degree, either Track 1: Applied, or Track 2: Thesis Research at the time of Advancement to Candidacy. Students intending to pursue a career in the application of Industrial-Organizational psychology to business and industry are encouraged to pursue the Applied track. Students seeking to pursue a doctoral degree in Industrial-Organizational psychology immediately upon graduation of the MSIO degree are encouraged to pursue the Thesis Research track.

Track 1: Applied/Portfolio

1. The student must complete a minimum of 36 units of graduate course work.

Take all of the following:

  • PSY 515 Test Construction Theory and Practice (3)
    Prerequisites: PSY 310 and either PSY 314 or PSY 315.
  • PSY 581 Organizational Psychology (3)
    Prerequisites: PSY 351 or PSY 381 or PSY 453/553.
  • PSY 582 Research in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3)
    Prerequisites: PSY 220 and PSY 310.
  • PSY 585 Proseminar in Personnel Psychology (3)
    Prerequisites: PSY 314 or PSY 315.
  • PSY 683 Issues Organizational Development (3)
    Prerequisites: PSY 581.
  • PSY 686 Issues in Training (3)
    Prerequisites: PSY 332 or PSY 333, and PSY 585.
  • PSY 688 Practicum in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3)
    Prerequisites: At least 12 units of graduate-level coursework within the MSIO program.
  • PSY 699 Directed Research and Portfolio (3)
    Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy, consent of graduate advisor and instructor.

Take two courses chosen from the following:

  • PSY 511, PSY 512, PSY 523 or an approved substitute

Take two courses from the following:

  • PSY 501, PSY 518, PSY 527, PSY 533, PSY 544, PSY 553, PSY 575, PSY 634, PSY 637, PSY 651, PSY 656; HRM 445

2. An approved Student Learning Portfolio.

3. Students with credit in PSY 411, PSY 412, or PSY 423 as undergraduates may petition the MSIO Program Committee to substitute a maximum of 3 units from related areas toward the 36-unit program.

Track 2: Research/Thesis

1. The student must complete a minimum of 36 units of graduate course work.

Take all of the following:

  • PSY 515 Test Construction Theory and Practice (3)

    Prerequisites: PSY 310 and either PSY 314 or PSY 315.
  • PSY 581 Organizational Psychology (3)

    Prerequisites: PSY 351 or PSY 381 or PSY 453/553.
  • PSY 582 Research in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3)
    Prerequisites: PSY 220 and PSY 310.
  • PSY 585 Proseminar in Personnel Psychology (3)
    Prerequisites: PSY 314 or PSY 315.
  • PSY 683 Issues Organizational Development (3)
    Prerequisites: PSY 581.
  • PSY 686 Issues in Training (3)
    Prerequisites: PSY 332 or PSY 333, and PSY 585.
  • PSY 688 Practicum in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3)
    Prerequisites: At least 12 units of graduate-level coursework within the MSIO program.
  • PSY 698 Thesis (6)
    Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy, consent of graduate advisor. MSIO students.

Take two courses chosen from the following:

  • PSY 511, PSY 512, PSY 523 or an approved substitute

Take one course from the following:

  • PSY 501, PSY 518, PSY 527, PSY 533, PSY 544, PSY 553, PSY 575, PSY 634, PSY 637, PSY 651, PSY 656; HRM 445

2. Students with credit in PSY 411, PSY 412, or PSY 423 as undergraduates may petition the MSIO Program Committee to substitute a maximum of 3 units from related areas toward the 36-unit program.

Student Learning Outcomes

An MSIO student will demonstrate competency:

1. as an informed consumer of the knowledge of the history and systems of psychology in general, and the history and systems of I-O psychology in particular.

2. as an informed consumer of the knowledge of core I-O content areas and a practitioner applying this knowledge to I-O issues in workplace settings.

3. as an applied researcher, demonstrating (a) the knowledge of basic applied research methods, (b) data collection and statistical analysis skills and abilities, (c) oral presentation skills, and (d) report writing skills.

4. as a culturally aware participant in diverse organizational settings.


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