industrial and organizational psychology is the branch of psychology that applies psychological theories and principles to organizations. often referred to as i-o psychology, this field focuses on increasing workplace productivity and related issues such as the physical and mental well-being of employees.
the clemson university department of psychology offers a four to five year doctorate program in industrial and organizational psychology, training research scientists and teachers for academic and industrial settings. this program is designed to provide the student with the requisite theoretical foundations, skills in quantitative techniques and research design, and practical problem-solving skills to address human problems related to work.
the ph.d. program is based on the scientist-practitioner model, following the guidelines for doctoral programs issued by the society for industrial and organizational psychology (siop). we try to maintain a balance between the industrial and organizational sides of the field and between research and applications.
industrial-organizational faculty who supervise theses and dissertations:
the industrial and organizational doctorate program meets the educational guidelines established by siop. students typically obtain a master’s degree as part of the ph.d. program and are thus required to satisfy the master’s program requirements prior to receiving their doctorate. in addition to the required core content courses, the doctoral program includes at least one course from each of the four major areas of psychology (biological, cognitive-affective, social, individual differences).
in addition, 18 hours of dissertation research are required. students are admitted to candidacy for the ph.d. degree upon successful completion of a qualifying examination. additionally, our doctoral students complete internships at local and regional businesses and industries.
applicants to this program should have an undergraduate degree with a major in psychology or a related field from an accredited college or university, or have a minimum of 15 semester hours in psychology beyond the introductory psychology survey course, or have a master’s degree with a major in psychology or a related field from an accredited college or university.