Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Overview

The Department of Psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York, offers the opportunity for exceptional students to pursue graduate study in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

The I-O area consists of a group of active faculty whose research interests span topics including organizational justice, work motivation, job attitudes and worker satisfaction, work and family issues, performance appraisal, and group decision making.

I/O Faculty

The I-O program provides broad training in I-O with a heavy research emphasis. The program follows a scientist-practitioner model with the goal of preparing students to be active contributors to profession of I-O psychology. The training in I-O prepares students for careers in academia, business, and consulting.

Facilities

The I-O program’s research facilities include research laboratories designed to accommodate studies of group and individual performance. Albany has a large volunteer participant pool, providing an ample supply of participants for experiments. The University Library contains over 1.7 million volumes and 16,000 journals, an interactive media center, and a state-of-the-art electronic library system. Most offices and labs are networked with the University Computer Center, which has IBM, MAC, VAX and Unix systems available for data analysis and electronic communication.

Financial Aid

Graduate assistantships are awarded to students in the I-O program on the basis of merit. Only doctoral students are eligible for such assistantships. Doctoral students in good standing typically receive three years of financial support in the form of academic-year assistantships. Teaching fellowships are available to students in their fourth year. Advanced students also have the opportunity to earn supplemental income by teaching summer courses of their own.

Admissions

Application materials for graduate admissions can be found on the website for Graduate Admissions, and additional information regarding admissions can be found on the psychology website. Ph.D. applications are due January 15 and M.A. applications are due March 1. If you have questions regarding the graduate program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at the University at Albany, please contact Dr. Sylvia Roch, Program Director, University at Albany, State University of New York, Department of Psychology, SS399, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222 (Email: sroch@albany.edu; Ph: 518-442-5962; Fax: 518-442-4867).

Course Requirements in I/O Psychology

Ph.D. Program

In addition to meeting Department and University requirements for the Ph.D., students in the Industrial and Organizational (I/O) area are required to complete the core curriculum in I-O. The I-O core consists of the following courses: APSY 641 (Survey of Organizational Psychology), APSY 751 (Work Motivation), APSY 752 (Personnel Psychology), APSY 753 (Psychometric Theory and Research), APSY 754 (Training and Development in Organizations), APSY 736 (Research Methods in Psychology), and APSY 613 (Multivariate Statistics). Students must also complete 6 elective credits (two courses) in advanced research seminars.

MA Program

In addition to meeting Department and University requirements for the M.A., students in the terminal Industrial and Organizational (I/O) master’s program are required to complete the core curriculum in I-O. The I-O core includes the following courses: APSY 641 (Survey of Organizational Psychology), APSY 751 (Work Motivation), APSY 752 (Personnel Psychology), APSY 753 (Psychometric Theory and Research), and APSY 754 (Training and Development in Organizations). Students must complete a minimum of 36 hours to receive the master’s degree.

Faculty in Industrial-Organizational Psychology