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The Industrial and Organizational (IO) Psychology concentration in the Psychology Ph.D. program at ODU follows the scientist-practitioner model, emphasizing psychological theory and behavioral science. Faculty members involved in the IO Psychology Ph.D. program have expertise in organizational leadership, culture, turnover, job attitudes, individual differences (e.g., Big Five personality), human resource development, work-family issues, occupational health and safety, and the inclusion of women and minorities in the workplace. They are well versed in research design and statistics, and their research has been funded by Health Resources and Services Administration, NASA, NSF, NIOSH, and Department of Defense, among others. We encourage students to make innovative and professional contributions to the field. Our performance expectations and standards are high; however, faculty members are committed to your success. The learning environment is open, nurturing, and cooperative, and students are encouraged to be active partners in the learning process.
Our Ph.D. Program in IO Psychology was ranked #1 for program culture and #5 overall among 44 Ph.D. programs in this SIOP study
100% of our IO Psychology Ph.D. students publish in peer-reviewed journals
100% of our IO Psychology Ph.D. students present at the Annual SIOP Conference
100% of our IO Psychology Ph.D. students participate in applied research projects with organizational partners
100% of our IO Psychology PH.D. graduates are employed within one month of graduation
Graduates from this major have gone to work at
The course focuses on the major concepts, issues, principles, and findings of job attitudes and motivation at the workplace. The student who successfully completes this course should be able to apply knowledge and skills to workplace issues regarding job attitudes and motivation, as well as stimulate ideas for future research projects.
This course concerns the study of leadership and its effects on organizational behavior and effectiveness as well as employee well-being and health. Emphasis will be placed on classic and contemporary leadership theory and research. Prerequisites: PSYC 750/PSYC 850 or permission of the instructor.
This course covers research findings, methodologies, and evaluation designs for the training and development of personnel in organizations. Specific topics include needs assessment, learning principles and system design. Prerequisites: PSYC 763/PSYC 863 or permission of the instructor.
Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)
Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination including the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing scores. Applicants with degrees from fields outside psychology must also submit GRE scores for the Subject Test in psychology;
A brief statement outlining the prospective student’s personal goals and academic objectives;
A sample of recent academic writing (e.g., a paper required in an undergraduate course);
Three letters of reference, at least two of which are from former college or university teachers; and
Transcripts for all prior academic work.
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in psychology or related field
Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
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James Paulson Ph.D. (Health Psychology)
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