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Doctor of Philosophy

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

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

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
  • Workplace Diversity and Discrimination

Industrial Psychology Seminars:

  • Training and Development in Organizations
  • Performance Appraisal and Management
  • Selected Topics in Psychology
  • Seminar in Human Resource Management

Advanced Statistics (3 credits):

  • Research Methods II: Advanced Linear Models
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Latent Growth Curve Modeling
  • Meta-analysis


  • Directed Reading
  • Independent Study and Research
  • Supervised Internship
  • Practicum in Organizational Research with Outmatch
  • or graduate-level courses in either Psychology or another area as approved by your 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

Qualifying Examinations


Full-Time Study in Residence

Additional Information

See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Sylvia Roch at [email protected].


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.

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Career Outcomes

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
  • Professor
  • Research Consultant/Senior Research Consultant
  • Consultant

"I will always be grateful for the fantastic education I received at University at Albany, which allowed me to be who I am, and where I am, today."

- Herman Aguinis, Avram Tucker Distinguished Scholar and professor of management at the George Washington University, School of Business

International Students

This degree is designated as a STEM program. International students maintaining F-1 status are allowed to apply for up to 12 months of post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) following completion/graduation from their degree program. Currently, this degree program is also designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as an eligible degree for the F-1 STEM OPT work authorization extension; students who secure qualifying employment may be eligible to apply for the STEM OPT extension for a cumulative total of up to 36 months of F-1 OPT work authorization.

Admissions Requirements

Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: December 15
  • Spring: Not Available
  • Summer: Not Available

 No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: December 15
  • Spring: Not Available
  • Summer: Not Available
Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE general test
  • Statement of goals
Special Notes

The SUBJECT GRE exam is not required, but is strongly recommended.

This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions.  If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

  1. 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
  2. Students will demonstrate effective presentation skills.
  3. Students will demonstrate in depth knowledge in :
    (a) Personnel Psychology
    (b) Organizational Psychology
    (c) Research Methods
  4. Students will demonstrate consulting skill.