Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Industrial & Organizational PsychologyThe Industrial/Organizational (I/O) program trains individuals to be both scientists and practitioners. We believe that a strong grounding in basic and applied research skills and the theoretical underpinnings of I/O psychology are essential for both academic and applied work. The goal of the I/O program is to continue to enhance its national reputation as a center of scholarly excellence in I/O psychology by conducting high-quality basic and applied research. Consequently, faculty and student collaboration in ongoing research projects is strongly emphasized. 

The program has a major emphasis on academic research-based training with the objective of placing students in academic careers. However, in addition to academic positions, our graduates are qualified for positions in research organizations, government agencies, corporations, and consulting firms. Concerning the placement of our graduates since 2000, approximately 40% are currently in academic positions and 60% are in applied and research positions. 

Some academic placements include University of Illinois, University of Central Florida, Rice University, Northern Arizona University, DePaul University, Oklahoma State University, University of Chile, Kansas State University, Eastern Kentucky University, and University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Some research and applied placements include Pearson, Select International Inc., United States Special Operations Command (U.S. Air Force), VA Boston Healthcare System, ACT, American Institutes for Research, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., IPR Pharmaceuticals (AstraZeneca PLC), Google, and State Farm Insurance. Over the last decade, all of our students have accepted jobs immediately upon graduation.

The domain of I/O psychology represented in the program includes the areas of personnel selection, criterion development, training, performance appraisal, individual differences, motivation, productivity, job attitudes, group processes, decision-making, and conflict. We currently have 5 full-time core I/O faculty and 2 affiliated faculty with a student/faculty ratio of approximately 4:1. Our faculty consists of a renowned group of scholars. Consonant with this, the I/O program was ranked 6th in terms of research productivity based on publications in the top 10 I/O psychology-oriented journals (Beiler et al., 2014). In addition, it was also ranked 6th in terms of presentations at the annual conferences of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Beiler et al., 2014). Finally, the department was ranked 6th in terms of the number of publications between 1986 and 2008 in the permier I/O Psychology journal, Journal of Applied Psychology (Mahoney et al., 2010). There are numerous faculty in related areas in the Psychology Department and the Management Department in the College of Business Administration.

The standards of scholarship exhibited by the I/O faculty are also reflected in the high standards set for admissions to our graduate program. Over the past 3 years (2009-2011), students who entered the program have averaged GRE (verbal + quantitative) scores of 1259 (SD = 86).

The I/O program locates summer internships, often with potential employers, for most of its students who want them. The program also supports an active speaker series that each year brings to campus a number of faculty members from other universities. This series provides exposure to different perspectives on the field and the opportunity to network with professors at other institutions.

For more information, please visit the TAMU I/O Psychology Website.

Beiler, A. A., Zimmerman, L. M., Doerr, A. J., & Clark, M. A. (2014, January). An evaluation of research productivity among I-O psychology doctoral programs. The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, 51 (3), 40-52.

Gibby, R. E., Reeve, C. L., Grauer, E., Mohr, D., & Zickar, M. J. (2002, April). The top I-O psychology doctoral programs of North America. The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, 39 (4), 17-25.

Mahoney, K. T., Bubultz, Jr., W. C., Calvert, B., & Hoffmann, R. (2010). Research productivity in select psychology journals, 1986-2008. The Journal of Psychology, 144, 361-411.

Payne, S. C., Succa, C. A., Maxey, T. D., & Bolton, K. R. (2001, July). Institutional representation in the SIOP conference program: 1986-2000. The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, 39 (1), 53-60.

Department of Psychology, Texas A&M University, 4235 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-4235 • tel: (979) 845-2581
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