Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program

Program Description

The goals of the Department of Psychology for graduate education at Auburn University are to prepare students at the doctoral level for careers in teaching, research, and applied behavioral science. The objective of Auburn University's I/0 psychology program is to produce psychologists well-trained in scientific methods applied to the industrial/organizational environment. Graduates of the program will be prepared for work in academic, research, and/or applied settings, depending on the objectives of each student.

The program features strong preparation in research methodology, statistics, measurement, and general psychology, as well as course work in the broad areas of industrial and organizational psychology. Elective courses are designed to allow students flexibility in developing their own areas of specialization. Practicum placements provide students with opportunities to gain research and applied experience in a variety of organizational settings.

About the Degree

Auburn University offers three Ph.D. programs in psychology: (a) clinical (APA Approved), (b) experimental, and (c) industrial/organizational. Industrial/organizational (I/0) psychology focuses on understanding, predicting, and modifying behavior in organizational settings, typically, but not limited to, work environments. I/0 psychologists are primarily involved in such activities as employee selection, placement, training, motivation, and evaluation; development of tests and other psychological measures; organizational diagnosis and development; improvement of leadership and communication within; and job and workplace design. I/0 psychology requires a high level of sophistication in research design, measurement theory, quantitative methods, and behavioral science principles.


The Spring 2014 I/O brownbag schedule has been finalized. Please click here to view the schedule

Spring 2014 I/O Newsletter (.pdf)
Spring 2013 I/O Newsletter (.pdf)
Spring 2012 I/O Newsletter (.pdf)
Fall 2011 I/O Newsletter (.pdf)
Spring 2011 I/O Newsletter (.pdf)
March 2010 I/O Newsletter (.pdf)

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Last Updated: June 02, 2014