Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Concentration Overview

I-O Faculty

The I-O Ph.D. concentration is a rigorous training experience intended to provide students with outstanding research skills and expertise in quantitative methods. Through a combination of research, coursework (Psychology, M.A. (Along the Way), Psychology, Ph.D.) and applied experiences, we prepare students for university faculty positions as well as research-oriented positions in government and industry. Research skills are emphasized as the essential foundation for both academic and applied careers. The USF I-O program was ranked 2nd by US News and World Report in the latest 2018 ratings and the I-O faculty were ranked 1st in terms of research productivity based on publications in the top 10 I-O psychology journals (Beiler et al., 2014). For admission application requirements to our Psychology program, please go to our Admissions Requirements page.

The I-O concentration consists of 8 full-time faculty, 2 active emeritus faculty, and approximately 30 doctoral students, and is housed in the department of psychology. Students take coursework throughout the department and are encouraged to take coursework in other departments in the university in order to fulfill a minor requirement. Internships are optional, and are available both locally and nationally. Teaching experience is also available and is highly recommended. Most first year students are supported on a departmental graduate teaching/research assistantship. Advanced students are supported through a variety of on-campus and off-campus placements that are designed to best meet the student's career objectives. Ours is a full-time residential program; we do not accept part-time students.

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.It is completed within the structure of the I-O program. Students specializing in this area will choose elective and minor courses that are relevant to the specialization, and will engage in specialization-relevant research and other activities. The OHP specialization provides interdisciplinary research and training opportunities, for example, in medicine, nursing, and public health.