Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Concentration Overview

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The Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology Ph.D. concentration is a world-renowned program (ranked 3rd: US News and World Report) that provides students with outstanding research expertise and applied science training. Students have the opportunity to learn alongside the most research-productive I-O faculty in the country (Beiler et al., 2014), with thriving research programs spanning the field of I-O psychology. The program has particular expertise in teams, occupational health psychology, and psychological measurement. We prepare students for competitive positions as university faculty as well as science-driven practitioners in industry and government. For admission application requirements to our Psychology program, please visit our Admissions Requirements page.

Student experience

The I-O program is housed in USF’s Tampa campus, with ready access to all that the Florida Gulf Coast has to offer. Tampa is a large and diverse city with vibrant culture that includes access to world-class beaches, shopping, dining, sports, theme parks, and more. Our program has a collaborative and welcoming culture both inside and outside the classroom.

Students have many opportunities to craft their educational pathway to fit their individual career objectives. Interested students are provided teaching experience training and the option to act as instructor of record for a variety of undergraduate courses. Additionally, as students advance in the program, they frequently receive placements in prestigious internships both locally and nationally. 

Ours is a full-time in-person program; we do not accept part-time students. New students will be supported on a departmental graduate teaching/research assistantship, including tuition and a stipend. With limited exceptions this support extends for 5 years.

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OHP concentration

The I-O concentration offers a specialization in Occupational Health Psychology (OHP), in collaboration with the USF NIOSH-funded Sunshine Education and Research Center in the College of Public Health. Students specializing in this area will engage in specialization-relevant research and activities. The training program is one of a select few in the country and provides access to interdisciplinary conferences, coursework, and funding opportunities to prepare students to conduct meaningful OHP research and apply I-O psychology skills to areas such as medicine, nursing, and public health.


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