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Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Psychology, Ph.D.)

The Industrial and Organizational (IO) Psychology concentration in the Psychology Ph.D. program at ODU follows the scientist-practitioner model, emphasizing psychological theory and behavioral science. Faculty members involved in the IO Psychology Ph.D. program have expertise in organizational leadership, culture, turnover, job attitudes, individual differences (e.g., Big Five personality), human resource development, work-family issues, occupational health and safety, and the inclusion of women and minorities in the workplace. They are well versed in research design and statistics, and their research has been funded by Health Resources and Services Administration, NASA, NSF, NIOSH, and Department of Defense, among others. We encourage students to make innovative and professional contributions to the field. Our performance expectations and standards are high; however, faculty members are committed to your success. The learning environment is open, nurturing, and cooperative, and students are encouraged to be active partners in the learning process.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Psychology, Ph.D.)


Description


What is Industrial/Organizational Psychology at ODU like?

The Industrial and Organizational (IO) Psychology concentration in the Psychology Ph.D. program at ODU follows the scientist-practitioner model, emphasizing psychological theory and behavioral science. Faculty members involved in the IO Psychology Ph.D. program have expertise in organizational leadership, culture, turnover, job attitudes, individual differences (e.g., Big Five personality), human resource development, work-family issues, occupational health and safety, and the inclusion of women and minorities in the workplace. They are well versed in research design and statistics, and their research has been funded by Health Resources and Services Administration, NASA, NSF, NIOSH, and Department of Defense, among others. We encourage students to make innovative and professional contributions to the field. Our performance expectations and standards are high; however, faculty members are committed to your success. The learning environment is open, nurturing, and cooperative, and students are encouraged to be active partners in the learning process.

Program Highlights


What makes Industrial/Organizational Psychology at ODU unique?

  • Our Ph.D. Program in IO Psychology was ranked #1 for program culture and #5 overall among 44 Ph.D. programs in this SIOP study

  • 100% of our IO Psychology Ph.D. students publish in peer-reviewed journals

  • 100% of our IO Psychology Ph.D. students present at the Annual SIOP Conference

  • 100% of our IO Psychology Ph.D. students participate in applied research projects with organizational partners

  • 100% of our IO Psychology PH.D. graduates are employed within one month of graduation

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

$102,530

MEDIAN SALARY


Apply principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems. Activities may include policy planning; employee testing and selection, training and development; and organizational development and analysis. May work with management to organize the work setting to improve worker productivity.

Human Resources Managers

$123,510

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate human resources activities and staff of an organization.

Training and Development Managers

$117,690

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate the training and development activities and staff of an organization.

Management Analysts

$93,440

MEDIAN SALARY


Conduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplification and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively. Includes program analysts and management consultants.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Universities, Google, PepsiCo, Intel, Government 

Courses


What are some courses offered in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at ODU?

PSYC 853:
Job Attitudes and Motivation


The course focuses on the major concepts, issues, principles, and findings of job attitudes and motivation at the workplace. The student who successfully completes this course should be able to apply knowledge and skills to workplace issues regarding job attitudes and motivation, as well as stimulate ideas for future research projects.

PSYC 851:
Organizational Leadership


This course concerns the study of leadership and its effects on organizational behavior and effectiveness as well as employee well-being and health. Emphasis will be placed on classic and contemporary leadership theory and research. Prerequisites: PSYC 750/PSYC 850 or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 864:
Human Resource Development


This course covers research findings, methodologies, and evaluation designs for the training and development of personnel in organizations. Specific topics include needs assessment, learning principles and system design. Prerequisites: PSYC 763/PSYC 863 or permission of the instructor.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Industrial/Organizational Psychology at ODU?

Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

  • Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination including the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing scores. Applicants with degrees from fields outside psychology must also submit GRE scores for the Subject Test in psychology; 

  • A brief statement outlining the prospective student’s personal goals and academic objectives; 

  • A sample of recent academic writing (e.g., a paper required in an undergraduate course); 

  • Three letters of reference, at least two of which are from former college or university teachers; and 

  • Transcripts for all prior academic work. 

For admission to the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program


Degree:

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in psychology or related field


Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Name:

James Paulson Ph.D. (Health Psychology)


Location:

244B MILLS GODWIN BLDG, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-4222


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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