Plan of Study

Check out the Plan of Study below for a snapshot of the classes you will take in our program. More detailed descriptions of the courses are presented below. 

Snapshot of all courses


Detailed Course Descriptions


Course Name
Course Description

PSYC 603

Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Advanced survey of industrial-organizational psychology, including selection, training, motivation, group processes, leadership, organizational psychology, and organizational theory. Readings stressed and seminar time will be used primarily for hands-on activities, discussion, and integration of the reading materials.


PSYC 653

The Business of Evaluation: Research Methods at Work

Students in this class will learn about the strengths and weaknesses of commonly employed research methods in business settings. Students will learn about longitudinal research, survey and interview (including focus groups) design, and sampling and weighting, among other topics. Each design module will review best practices and limitations, and will include a discussion of how to handle and make sense of the resulting data. As part of this course, students will work in small groups to design and launch a research study that will answer a pressing business question.


PSYC 652

Analytical Thinking I: Statistical Methods at Work

Personal and organizational growth begins with asking and answering great questions. Correspondingly, this course begins with demonstrations of how to translate business questions into research questions. Statistical methods used to answer business questions are taught first conceptually, then computationally using statistical software. This course emphasizes interpreting results, the regression model, and other issues salient to business research, such as handling large datasets. Students will be provided with datasets that they will use in learning how to frame and answer business questions using the techniques covered in this course. At the conclusion of this course, students will be required to provide an executive-level presentation on the business question, their findings, and resulting implications.


PSYC 655

Talent Development

In this course, students will learn how to design and implement effective employee training programs as well as how to encourage informal learning in organizations. This course will review current theories in adult learning (e.g., ADDIE model, action learning, peer feedback/coaching), several popular assessment tools (e.g., MBTI), and best practices for evaluating training programs. Issues relevant to leadership identification and development – including succession planning – will also be covered. As part of this course, students will work in teams to design and deliver a brief training module and practice giving and receiving feedback. Additionally, students will complete – and facilitate a debriefing on – a 360-degree feedback assessment.


PSYC 654

Advanced Analytical Thinking II: Statistical Methods at Work

Students will delve deeply into issues of interpreting and questioning analytic results. Students will learn how to creatively present empirical results in ways that grab the attention of – and are clear to – a variety of stakeholders. Students will complete multiple small group projects using methods discussed in class to solve a business question. Finally, this course will introduce students conceptually to a number of advanced statistical methods, such as meta-analysis and structural equation modeling.


PSYC 732

Selection and Classification Issues In Organizations

Consideration of societal, organizational and individual demands for appropriate use of individual differences in (primarily) initial placement of employees. Recruitment, and selection issues, the role of governmental regulations, and the role of individual factors in individual behavior are considered. Extensive coverage given to fundamental psychometric problems and the development of individual and organizational criteria of effectiveness.

PSYC 656

Business Fundamentals and Legal Issues facing Organizations

This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of business. The course covers topics key to running successful organizations -  like marketing, strategy, finance, accounting, product development, operations, and entrepreneurship. Students will learn core business concepts, about how each major business function enables organizations to run, and how to talk to and understand the leaders of organizations. Additionally, this course reviews professional ethics standards for IO psychology. This course uses case study methodology to hone students’ understanding of business, business strategy and how to create IO psychology interventions with impact.

PSYC 657

Managing Strategic Organizational Change

Students will learn to think about organizations as systems and will explore catalysts of organizational change. Issues of strategy, market pressure, competition, workforce planning, and stakeholder buy-in will be discussed. Finally, students will learn about methods for planning, leveraging, and managing organizational change. Case study methodology will be used to deepen learning on the challenges faced during organizational change and how to guide organizations through change – planned or not.

PSYC 660

Performance Management, Compensation, and Benefits

This course draws together content on organizational behavior, selection, assessment, development, employee relations, and compensation, among other topics. Students in this course will learn about how to align organizational reward systems, including selection, development, performance appraisal, feedback, and compensation systems. This course will pull from current organizational research and theory on issues ranging from work motivation, employee retention, and feedback processes to issues of organizational strategy and culture.

PSYC 661

Practicum in I/O Psychology

In this practicum, students will work in a real organization and will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned in class to real-world problems. Students will write a reflection paper reviewing what skills they have applied – and developed – while completing this practicum.​​