MS in Psychology - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
I/O Concentration Courses and Schedule
The required courses for the I/O concentration are arranged below by the semester
in which the course is typically offered/taken. For some courses, students are required
to enroll in sections specifically designated for the I/O concentration. A total of
45 credit hours (i.e., 33 hours of course work, 6 internship credits (or approved
substitution), and 6 thesis credits), as specified below, are required. Students are
not permitted to walk in the graduation ceremony without having completed a thesis.
Grades lower than "B" may not be used to satisfy requirements for courses in the I/O
sequence (i.e., PSYS 570, PSYS 571, PSYS 572, PSYS 670, and PSYS 673).
Fall: First Semester
PSYS 570 Job Analysis and Compensation: This course provides an introduction to job analysis, job evaluation, compensation
and benefits. The course acquaints the students with different methods and techniques
of job analysis used in a variety of personnel applications. Compensation and benefits
are topics many of our graduates have found to be relevant to their human resource
PSYS 572 Organizational Psychology: Organizational Psychology covers theories of motivation, leadership, job satisfaction,
organization theory, and organizational development. There is an emphasis on organizational
skills that employers/graduates may find useful (e.g., behavioral improvement programs
utilizing goal-setting and feedback).
PSYS 513 Correlation and Regression Analysis: The focus of this course is to learn about advanced analysis techniques appropriate
to psychological research, with an emphasis on regression analysis, partial correlation,
moderated multiple regression, and analysis of covariance.
Spring: Second Semester
PSYS 571 Personnel Psychology: This course focuses on employee selection procedures with an emphasis on performance
appraisal, testing, criterion development, and validation. There is direct involvement
in data analysis and typically in the collection of data as well.
PSYS 518 Statistics and Psychometric Theory: This course focuses on statistical techniques related to reliability and validity
assessment, test construction, and measurement theory.
PSYS 512 Analysis of Variance: In this course, students will examine the theory behind and application of between-
and within-subjects designs, mixed designs, and other data analytic techniques with
an emphasis on analysis of variance.
Summer: Following First Year
Typically students take this time to gain practical experience with an internship. An internship is not required, but does allow the student to earn three to six hours
of internship course credit, as well as experience in the real world. An internship
is highly recommended. Those students who do not participate in an internship and
those students who earn only three credit hours for their internship must complete
additional course work to meet the hours required for completion of the program. One
option for doing this is to take a class or classes during the summer sessions. However,
there typically are very few appropriate graduate-level courses offered at WKU during
the summer term. Students completing an internship will enroll in PSYS 579 Internship in I/O Psychology.
Fall: Third Semester
PSYS 581 Professional Issues and Ethics in Psychological Science: The focus of this course is to discuss ethics, legal issues, current professional
issues (e.g., confidentiality, areas of competency), and methodological issues, including
organizational assessment and feedback techniques.
PSYS 670 Equal Employment Opportunity, the Law, and Ethical Considerations: This course covers issues relevant to providing equal employment opportunity, the
Uniform Guidelines regarding selection practices, a review of the relevant major court
decisions and their implications for the personnel specialist, and professional and
ethical considerations in the practice of I/O psychology.
PSYS 510 Advanced Research Methods in Psychology: In this course, students examine methodological concepts and issues in the conduct
of psychological research. Students who excel in this class may be given the opportunity
to serve as a laboratory instructor for the undergraduate research methods course
in their second year.
PSYS 599 Thesis Research: The I/O faculty and students meet weekly for colloquium presentations of individual
research. First-year and second-year students are required to attend. Typically faculty
will present first, followed by second-year student thesis proposal presentations.
Students work with their thesis chair and committee in preparing the proposal. Any
student that does not have his/her thesis proposal ready to go to committee by the
end of the Fall semester (as confirmed by the committee chair) may have his/her assistantship
terminated for the Spring semester.
Spring: Fourth Semester
PSYS 673 Advanced Training in Business and Industry: This course focuses on conducting training needs analysis; designing, developing,
and implementing training programs (technical and managerial); and evaluating the
effectiveness of training programs.
PSYS 552 Advanced Social Psychology: Advanced Social Psychology covers interpersonal perception, group dynamics, intergroup
relations, attitude formation and change, social influence, gender issues, and other
topics relevant for I/O psychologists.
PSYS 599 Thesis Research: The other three hours of thesis credit are usually taken during this semester, as
students should be completing their research and preparing for their thesis defense.