Graduates of the Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology Ph.D. program will be able to develop, implement, and evaluate human resource programs through the application of the principles of personnel and organizational psychology. As such, their work activities involve job analysis, selection and performance evaluation, systems development, training program formulation and evaluation, job and organization design, organizational analysis, organization development, and other areas of applied psychological research. Their principal work settings are private corporations, consulting firms, or higher education institutions, although graduates may also find employment in government and military settings.

The program of study normally requires approximately four or five years of intensive academic work. The curriculum is designed to reflect recent developments in I/O psychology.

Progress through the program is based upon satisfactory grades, completing a thesis, passing a comprehensive examination, and successful completion of the doctoral dissertation. Students entering with a BA/BS degree will be required to complete approximately 96 graduate credit hours. Those entering with a M.A./M.S. degree in I/O Psychology will be required to complete at least 70 graduate credit hours.

​Students are accepted into the program only on a full-time basis. Normal progress through the program requires full-time study and involves a course load of about 9 credit hours per semester plus 3-9 hours during summer sessions. Students are expected to take at least 6 hours per semester.