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Academic Program

The Industrial/Organizational Psychology track focuses on issues such as the psychology of Human Resource Management, Team Effectiveness, Personnel Selection, Leadership, Organizational Stress, and Training and Development. The program emphasizes a commitment both to research and application as a part of individual specialty area development.

  • Program Details

    Students are expected to maintain full-time status in the program. Full-time status is defined, minimally, as 9 credits during each of the Fall and Spring semesters. Students on assistantships should enroll in 10 credit hours per semester prior to passing the comprehensive exams and 12 hours thereafter and in 3 credits for all summers.

    The program's primary emphasis is research. Students engage in research, under the supervision of one or more faculty members, throughout their tenure in the program. Students participate in all phases of the research project, ranging from literature searches, preparing research materials, collecting data, analyzing data, interpreting the results, presenting the research at professional conferences and preparing research manuscripts for publication. Students should strive to be colleagues of the faculty with whom they are working. That means that students should participate in the give and take of ideas, exchanging their ideas with their supervisors, and constructively criticizing their supervisors' ideas to sharpen them. Full-time commitment to the program includes a strong emphasis on research during all academic semesters, including summer. In addition to engaging in research, students regularly attend program and departmental colloquia and professional conferences to learn of other's research.

    Students master a series of core courses designed to provide a thorough grounding in theory, methodology, and content in applied and basic research in psychology. These courses are taught by faculty who are involved in research and practice in the relevant areas. In addition, seminars reflecting the specialized foci of our program and faculty are offered. There are opportunities for practice and occasional internships with businesses for students to gain firsthand experience in the application of psychological knowledge to real challenges of organizations.

  • Course Requirements

    In the I/O Ph.D. program there is a 45 core credit hour requirement, plus a 6-credit thesis and 24-credit dissertation requirement. Although full-time commitment is not required, ability to take courses during normal business hours is required. The admission requirements to the Ph.D. program include a minimum GRE score of 1100 and GPA of 3; please note the actual average of admitted students is higher.

    Characteristic Ph.D. Information

    • Typical time to completion (years): 4-6
    • Number of course credits required: 45
    • Number of supervised research credits (for a thesis/project): 6
    • Internship: Recommended but not required
    • Number of Dissertation credits: 24
    • Total credits required for degree: 75
  • Admissions

    The I/O program accepts incoming students the fall of each year. Students interested in applying to our graduate program must meet the requirements of and submit an application to both the Department of Psychology Graduate Admissions Committee and the Florida International University Graduate School. All applicants must submit their materials by December 1st, prior to the academic year in which they are seeking admission.

    To apply for the PhD in I/O Psychology program, follow the instructions listed on the Graduate Resources page.

    Checklist of Requirements

    • Minimum TOEFL: 580
    • Minimum GRE-Verbal: 150
    • Minimum GRE-Quantitative: 150
    • Minimum Total GRE Score: 300
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.5
    • Letters of Recommendation required: 3
  • Graduate Funding

    The Department of Psychology at Florida International University currently provides a number of graduate students in our program with scholarships, graduate student instructorships, or research assistantships worth $18,000 or more per year. This support allows out-of-state students to qualify for in-state tuition. Additional opportunities are also available to receive summer funding, research conference support, and other agency grants. Funding decisions are based on graduate student applications received by the noted deadline. 

    For more funding opportunities, visit the Graduate Resources page.


MS in Organizational Science

A 36-credit-hour Master of Science in Organizational Science is also available. The program prepares students to be successful managers who can design and implement strategies that impact organizational effectiveness and increase productivity within the workplace. Learn More