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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 110 or SOC 170 or HDEV 190 with a grade of ‘C’ or better, and Completion of GE A1 (Written Communication) requirement.
  • PSY 310 Intermediate Statistics (4)
    Prerequisites: PSY 100, PSY 110.

Take one of the following courses:

  • PSY 314

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 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 PSY 314
  • 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
  • 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 651, PSY 656; HRM 445

2. An approved Student Learning Portfolio. (Note: In order to satisfy the culminating activity requirement (thesis, project, or comprehensive examination dependent upon the program), students must earn at least three (3) units and no more than six (6) units related to the completion of the culminating activity.)

3. Students with credit in PSY 411, PSY 412, or PSY 412 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 PSY 314
  • 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
  • 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 651, PSY 656; HRM 445

2. Students with credit in PSY 411 or PSY 412 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

Knowledge Base in I-O Psychology
By the completion of the Masters degree, students will:

  • Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in I-O psychology. Including (but not limited to) information related to the following topics:
    o Measurement of Individual Differences
    o Criterion Theory and Development
    o Job and Task Analysis
    o Employee Selection, Placement, and Classification
    o Performance Appraisal and Feedback
    o Training: Theory, Program Design, and Evaluation
    o Work Motivation
    o Attitude Theory, Small Group Theory and Process
    o Organization Theory
    o Organizational Development

Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking
By the completion of the Master's degree, students will:

  • Use scientific reasoning to interpret I-O psychological findings
  • Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving
  • Interpret, design, and conduct I-O psychological research
  • Appropriately apply and properly conduct descriptive and inferential statistical analyses

Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World
By the completion of the Master's degree, students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and legal implications of conducting research in and the practice of I-O psychology.

Communication
By the completion of the Master's degree, students will:

  • Demonstrate effective writing skills
  • Exhibit effective presentation skills
  • Engage in active and meaningful discussion/dialogue on I-O psychological topics

Professional Development
By the completion of the Mater's degree, students will:

  • Apply I-O psychological content and skills to succeed in professional and academic endeavors
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively both independently and in group settings
  • Develop meaningful professional direction for a career after graduation



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