Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The Industrial and Organizational (I/O) research interest group studies human behavior in organizational and work situations. Faculty expertise address research problems in this discipline such as motivation at work, the aging workforce, discrimination in the workplace, job performance, and team training. Students receive solid training for careers in both academic and applied settings.

Faculty

Margaret Beier
Mikki Hebl
Danielle King
Eden King
Fred Oswald
Eduardo Salas

Primary contact: Fred Oswald

Master's Candidacy Requirements

Please visit the Forms page to access the required paperwork to establish candidacy.

Core Courses (all required)
1. PSYC 502 Advanced Psychological Statistics I
2. PSYC 503 Advanced Psychological Statistics II
3. PSYC 530 Foundations of I/O Psychology
4. PSYC 533 Weekly I/O Research Seminar
5. PSYC 634 Personnel Psychology
6. PSYC 636 Organizational Psychology

One of the following courses is required
1. PSYC 507 Research Methods
2. PSYC 601 Multivariate Statistics
3. PSYC 602 Psychometrics
4. Other approved methodology course

Course Requirements for Provisional Admission to Master's Candidacy

The following are required before you can defend your master's thesis.
1. PSYC 502 Advanced Psychological Statistics I
2. PSYC 503 Advanced Psychological Statistics II
3. PSYC 530 Foundations of I/O Psychology
4. Any other of the required master's courses as listed above

Doctoral Candidacy: Course Requirements

Please visit the Forms page to access the required paperwork to establish candidacy.

Important Information about Ph.D. Candidacy in I-O

Core Courses (all required)
1. PSYC 502 Advanced Psychological Statistics I
2. PSYC 503 Advanced Psychological Statistics II
3. PSYC 530 Foundations of I/O Psychology
4. PSYC 533 Weekly I/O Research Seminar
5. PSYC 634 Personnel Psychology
6. PSYC 636 Organizational Psychology
7. PSYC 660 Professional Issues

Three of the following courses are required
1. PSYC 511 History and Systems of Psychology
2. PSYC 520 Foundations of Cognitive Psychology
3. PSYC 540 Foundations of Human Factors/ Engineering Psychology
4. PSYC 547 Foundations of Health Psychology
5. PSYC 550 Foundations of Social Psychology
6. PSYC 631 Foundations of Individual Differences

Two of the following courses are required
1. PSYC 507 Research Methods
2. PSYC 601 Multivariate Statistics
3. PSYC 602 Psychometrics
4. Other approved methodology course

Additional courses for breadth and depth
Three courses to be selected according to students' individual interests from the set of special topics courses taught by I/O faculty and other advanced courses taught by other psychology faculty.

I-O RIG Annual Review

As part of the I-O program, all students will meet with the entire I-O faculty at the end of every academic year to review progress. Students will complete two forms in preparation for this meeting: (a) the Progress Report for Rice’s Psychological Sciences Department, and (b) the I-O Student Progress Report Supplement. The supplement is designed to assess students on a broad array of I-O-related activities (publications, grants, conference, teaching, service, and applied work). These two forms are due to the I-O Area Head by April 15 of each year. The department’s Progress Report should be sent to the student’s advisor and to the Graduate Coordinator as well.

Each student’s review meeting will be held in late April/early May (after the annual SIOP conference) and will be about 20 minutes long. Students should expect to receive suggestions about additional projects/activities for the coming year at this meeting (e.g., develop a review paper, run an experiment, look for an internship, etc.).

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