Department of Psychology at Illinois State University

Overview

Students who pursue the master's degree in Industrial/Organizational-Social Psychology may select either an emphasis in Industrial-Organizational Psychology or Social Psychology. The emphasis in I/O Psychology is designed to prepare students as scientist-practitioners who are involved in the development and application of psychological theory and methodology to the problems of business and government organizations, and the problems of individuals and groups in these organizational settings. We have a strong commitment to thorough preparation in basic scientific methods and the principles of psychological science. Emphasis is placed on psychology as a science and applying this science in real-world organizational settings. The services delivered by individuals trained in I/O Psychology include, but are not limited to personnel selection, performance appraisal, training and development, motivation, design of jobs, job satisfaction, leadership, test construction and interpretation, statistical reasoning, organizational theory, program evaluation, and research methodology. The emphasis in Social Psychology focuses on the theory and methods of social psychological research. Topics to be studied include both basic processes such as social cognition, attitudes, social influence, and cross-cultural issues, as well as topics of a more applied nature such as sexual harassment and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Both the I/O and Social psychology focus are designed to meet the educational needs of two types of students. For students who plan to enter doctoral programs, the fundamentals of psychological science and research methodology are emphasized in classroom discussions and as criteria for thesis approval. For those seeking employment at the master's level, classes are structured to include experiential and practical exercises demonstrating the application of basic skills. Moreover, thesis research can be of an applied nature, combining fundamental research skills with practical skill development.

Curriculum

The master's degree sequence in I/O-Social Psychology is designed to take two years for full-time students. Enrollment on a part-time basis will require more time to complete the curriculum.

The first year of graduate study consists of courses required by the department's general requirements and I/O-Social Psychology or elective courses. Students should start working on a thesis during the first year. The second year involves completing course requirements and the thesis. A minimum of 41 semester hours are required for graduation.

NOTE: Students admitted to I/O-Social Psychology are required to have a basic knowledge of either I/O or Social Psychology, such as that gained from successful completion of Business and Industrial Psychology (PSY 230) or another introductory I/O-Social course. Absence of either course on an undergraduate transcript may require remediation prior to graduate work or a demonstration of proficiency.

Degree Requirements

All listed courses are for three semester hours unless otherwise noted.

PSY 418 Learning and Cognition OR PSY 420 Theories of Personality
PSY 440 Statistics: Data Analysis and Methodology
Total Hours: 6

I/O-Social Requirements

PSY 375 Personnel Psychology
PSY 376 Organizational Psychology
PSY 431 Theory and Research in Social Psychology
PSY 426 Research and Practice in I/O Social (1 hour; may be repeated for 4 hours)
Total Hours: 13

Three courses in methods are required and chosen from the following:
PSY 441 Experimental Design
PSY 442 Test Theory*
PSY 443 Regression Analysis
PSY 444 Multivariate Analysis
PSY 445 Covariance Structure Modeling**
Total Hours: 9

* PSY 440 is a prerequisite courses
** PSY 444 Multivariate Analysis is a prerequisite course

Specialized Requirements

All listed courses are three semester hours unless noted otherwise.

Students with an emphasis in I/O Psychology


PSY 475 Seminar in Personnel Psychology
PSY 476 Seminar in Organizational Psychology
PSY 499 Master's Thesis or elective hours (4-6 hours)
Total Hours: 10-12

Students with an emphasis in Social Psychology


PSY 460 Seminar in Social Psychology
PSY 499 Master's Thesis or elective hours (7-9 hours)
Total Hours 10-12

Elective Courses

PSY 451 Psychology of Diversity
PSY 460 Seminar in Social Psychology
PSY 464 Theories and Techniques of Counseling: Adults
PSY 465 Vocational Counseling
PSY 498 Internship in I/O Psychology (1-6 hours)
COM 323 Theory and Research in Small Group Communication
COM 324 Theory and Research in Persuasion
COM 325 Theory and Research in Interpersonal Communication
COM 370 Psychology of Language
COM 424 Seminar in Persuasion
COM 425 Seminar in Nonverbal Communication
COM 495 Seminar in Organizational Communication
MAT 356 Statistical Computing (4 hours)
MQM 324 Industrial Relations Management
MQM 349 Business in a Multi-Cultural Environment
MQM 353 Strategic Human Resources
MQM 354 Compensation Management
SOC 341 The Sociology of Gender
SOC 465 Sociology of Formal Organizations

Additional courses are allowed with the approval of the sequence coordinator.

Suggested Course Schedule

First Year - Fall


PSY 375 Personnel Psychology
PSY 418 Learning and Cognition or PSY 420 Theories of Personality
PSY 426 Research and Practice in I/O-Social Psychology
PSY 440 Statistics: Data Analysis and Methodology
Elective
Total H0urs 10-13

First Year - Spring


PSY 376 Organizational Psychology
PSY 426 Research and Practice in I/O-Social Psychology
PSY 442 Test Theory* or PSY 443 Survey Methods and Analysis
PSY 475 Seminar in Personnel Psychology
PSY 499 Master's Thesis
Elective
Total Credits: 10-13

Second Year - Fall


PSY 418 Learning and Cognition or PSY 420 Theories of Personality
PSY 426 Research and Practice in I/O-Social Psychology
PSY 444 Multivariate Analysis
PSY 476 Seminar in Organizational Psychology
PSY 499 Master's Thesis
Total Credits: 13

Second Year - Spring


PSY 426 Research and Practice in I/O-Social Psychology
PSY 431 Theory and Research in Social Psychology
PSY 442 Test Theory or PSY 443 Survey Methods and Analysis
PSY 445 Covariance Structure Modeling or Elective
PSY 499 Master's Thesis and/or Electives
Total Credits: 8 -13

Note: The suggested course schedule is tentative and subject to change due to the program needs of the department. Check the course finder at http://www.coursefinder.ilstu.edu/ to verify when a course will be offered.