Other Concentrations

Industrial/ Organizational Psychology Concentration

The industrial/organizational psychology concentration trains students in the conduct and application of psychological research in work settings. Mason’s graduate work in this area emphasizes research as the key to knowledge in both academic and applied settings. The program fosters a peer-oriented environment whereby students collaborate on numerous projects in addition to engaging with faculty members in many different areas of industrial/organizational psychology.

Industrial/organizational psychology informs an array of fields, including personnel selection, quantitative analysis, teams, leadership, work/family issues, and organizational health issues.

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30-32

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Choose one concentration and complete the requirements therein.

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (IO)

The industrial/organizational psychology concentration trains students in the conduct and application of psychological research in work settings. Expertise can be developed in a variety of areas, including personnel selection, training, leadership, motivation, and human performance assessment.

Core Course

PSYC 703 Social Bases of Behavior 3
Total Credits 3


Select at least 10 credits of the following: 10
Advanced Statistics  
Advanced Statistics  
Quantitative Methods III: Psychological Applications of Regression Techniques
Psychometric Methods  
Evaluative Research in Psychology
Total Credits 10

Survey of Content 

PSYC 636 Survey of Industrial Psychology 3
PSYC 639 Survey of Organizational Processes 3
Total Credits 6

 Specialized Content

Select three courses from the following: 9
Training: Psychological Contributions to Theory, Design, and Evaluation  
Techniques in Industrial/Organizational Psychology  
Issues in Personnel Psychology  
Psychology of Work Motivation  
Behavior in Small Groups and Teams  
Industrial and Personnel Testing and Evaluation  
Seminar in Industrial/Organizational Psychology  
Total Credits 9

When their topic is relevant, other courses, including sections of PSYC 592 Special Topics, may be applied to this requirement.

Professional Development

Select 1 credit from the following: 1
Practicum 1
Seminar in Professional Psychology  
Total Credits 1

Requires advisor's approval.


Students complete the 32 credits required for this degree through additional coursework in statistics or specialized content  
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