Pursue a Career Researching Workplace Behavior
Facilitate transformation in the workplace as you explore the complex relationships between human interactions and organizational success with the PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program at the University at Albany. Learn how to enhance human well-being and performance in organizational and work settings through science, practice, and teaching.
You will discover how to evaluate and promote employee motivation, decision-making, work-life balance, diversity, and justice, as well as how to scientifically implement and evaluate human resource systems, such as selection, training, and performance evaluation systems. Advanced coursework and research will prepare you for careers in academia, business, government and consulting.
Program of Study
Statistics/Method Courses (8 credits):
- Statistical and Experimental Methods I and II
Out of Area Courses (6 credits). Sample courses:
- Survey of Biopsychology
- Survey of Learning and Conditioning
- Survey of Cognitive Psychology
- Survey of Developmental Psychology
- Social Psychology I and II
- Survey of Psychopathology
Initial Research Project
I/O Required Courses:
- Multivariate Analysis
- Survey of Organizational Psychology
- Applied Research Methods in Psychology
- Foundations of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
- Personnel Psychology
- Psychometric Theory and Research
- Topics in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Advanced I/O Seminars - Choose four, with at least one from each group (12 credits)
Organizational Psychology Seminars:
- Work Motivation
- Group Dynamics
- Occupational Health Psychology
- Selected Topics in Psychology
- Management Leadership course
Industrial Psychology Seminars:
- Training and Development in Organizations
- Performance Appraisal and Management
- Selected Topics in Psychology
- Seminar in Human Resource Management
- Workplace Diversity and Discrimination
Advanced Statistics (3 credits):
- Research Methods II: Advanced Linear Models
- Structural Equation Modeling
- Latent Growth Curve Modeling
- Directed Reading
- Independent Study and Research
- Supervised Internship
- Practicum in Organizational Research with Outmatch
- or advanced seminars as approved by advisor
Tool Requirement - demonstrated proficiency in one of the following:
- Pass a foreign language test
- Course in computer programming, mathematics, electronics, biochemistry, histological techniques, foreign language, pharmacology, or advanced statistics
- Master a technique, statistical or otherwise, in the process of conducting the Initial Research Project or another research project
Full-Time Study in Residence
For more information, contact Program Director Sylvia Roch at 518-442-5962 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
With active faculty and multiple labs you will apply your I/O skills in real projects with real data and real clients, giving you a direct line to future career opportunities. You will have access to laboratories designed to accommodate group and individual studies, as well as a large volunteer participant pool for experiments.
The UAlbany libraries feature 1.7 million volumes and 16,000 journals, as well as an interactive media center and state-of the-art electronic library system.
UAlbany’s PhD in I/O Psychology program has successfully placed students in a number of leading organizations including Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Aon Hewitt, as well as research positions at George Washington University, University Rider University and University of Hartford.
Potential job titles include:
- Behavioral Analyst
- Selection Systems Manager
- HR Practice Manager
- Research Analyst
- Research Consultant/Senior Research Consultant
Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.
- Students will be able to conduct original research including:
(a) literature review
(b) Understand and apply an appropriate research methodology
(c) Place findings within an appropriate stream of the discipline
- Students will demonstrate effective presentation skills.
- Students will demonstrate in depth knowledge in :
(a) Personnel Psychology
(b) Organizational Psychology
(c) Research Methods
- Students will demonstrate consulting skill.