Industrial & Organizational Psychology PhD Program

Program Overview

The industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology training area provides doctoral-level training in I/O psychology, a field that focuses on the scientific study of the workplace – including both organizations and their employees. I/O psychologists need to develop skills in the design, execution, and interpretation of research in psychology and to apply that research to help address human and organizational problems (SIOP, 2010).

The training program in I/O psychology is designed to prepare students for a wide range of career paths in academic, organizational, and consulting settings. Consistent with the model of I/O psychologists as both scientists and practitioners, our program places a heavy emphasis on developing students’ research and analytical skills as well as the core skills and knowledge of I/O psychology. The program fosters a collaborative culture where students and faculty work together and support one another in the pursuit of student development and research excellence.

The I/O program includes six I/O psychologists with wide-ranging interests and expertise including:

  • Karen Lyness
  • Harold Goldstein
  • Yochi Cohen-Charash
  • Charles Scherbaum
  • Loren Naidoo
  • Kristen Shockley
  • Erin Eatough

The program has approximately 25 students in residence as well as others who are completing their dissertations.

Program Description and Philosophy 

The industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology training area provides doctoral-level training in I/O psychology, a field that focuses on the scientific study of the workplace – including both organizations and their employees. I/O psychologists need to develop skills in the design, execution, and interpretation of research in psychology and to apply that research to help address human and organizational problems (SIOP, 2010).

I/O psychologists conduct research and work in a wide range of organizational, consulting and academic settings. The training program in I/O psychology is designed to prepare students for a variety of career paths, by developing key skills and knowledge of psychology as well as more specialized I/O topics. In addition to fundamental I/O courses, students can pursue their individual interests in a variety of areas, such as personnel selection, psychometrics, testing, employee engagement and motivation, performance management, work attitudes and emotions, work-life interface, diversity, cross-cultural issues, teams, training, and leadership.

Consistent with the model of I/O psychologists as both scientists and practitioners, our program places a heavy emphasis on developing students’ research and analytical skills. Research and quantitative methods are at the core of our training program. Students are actively involved in research throughout their graduate training, beginning with mentoring and involvement in faculty research, and moving toward independent research projects as students develop their skills and interests. The program fosters a collaborative culture where students and faculty work together and support one another in the pursuit of student development and research excellence.

The I/O program includes seven full-time I/O psychologists with wide-ranging interests and expertise who train and mentor I/O doctoral students (Karen Lyness, Harold Goldstein, Yochi Cohen-Charash, Charles Scherbaum, Loren Naidoo, Kristen Shockley, and Erin Eatough). The program also has three part-time I/O psychologists (Joel Lefkowitz, Lise Saari, and Rob Silzer) and several affiliated faculty from the psychology (Kristin Sommer and Jai Park) and management (Hannah Rothstein) departments at Baruch College who contribute to the program and doctoral student development. The program has approximately 25 students in residence as well as others who are completing their dissertations.

The major strength and pride of our program is our people. Our students, alumni, and faculty have achieved some of the highest levels of professional distinction in I/O psychology:

  • Our students are regularly authors on posters and papers at national conferences, such as the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Academy of Management, Association for Psychological Science, and American Psychological Association conferences, as well as regional conferences, such as Eastern Psychological Association conference. Many students are authors on published articles and book chapters by the time they complete the program. 
  • Our alumni hold academic positions as well as positions in Fortune 500 organizations (e.g., Pepsi, Starwood, J P Morgan Chase, Merck), government (e.g., Office of Personnel Management), and consulting firms (e.g., Hay Group, Sirota Survey Intelligence). Many alumni have founded successful independent consulting firms (e.g., Sandra Hartog and Associates, Critical Metrics).
  • The program has a strong network of alumni located in New York, the rest of the United States and internationally who contribute to our program and student development.
  • Our faculty regularly publishes in top I/O psychology and related journals, including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Research Methods, Journal of Vocational Behavior, The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, Human Relations, The Industrial and Organizational Psychologist: Perspectives on Science and Practice, and Journal of Business and Psychology.
  • Our faculty also has a track record of securing external research grants from funders such as the National Science Foundation, Society for Human Resource Management Foundation, and the Graduation Management Admissions Council.
  • Our faculty has won major awards from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace; S. Rains Wallace Dissertation Award; Mary L. Tenopyr Graduate Scholarship) and the Academy of Management (Sage Award for Scholarly Contributions to Gender and Diversity). 
  • Our faculty has been elected to fellow status in the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
  • Our faculty is currently or has been on the editorial boards of top I/O journals including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business and Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Academy of Management Journal.
  • Our faculty is or has been members of committees of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology as well as officers of the Metropolitan New York Association for Applied Psychology.

 

Program Structure and Degree Requirements

The I/O Psychology training program offers a well-rounded curriculum that reflects the state of the art of the discipline of I/O psychology and meets current professional recommendations including: 

  • “Guidelines for Education and Training at the Doctoral Level in Industrial-Organizational Psychology” published in 1999 by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Inc. (SIOP), Division 14 of APA
  • “Petition for the Recognition of a Specialty in Professional Psychology” describing the specialty of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, SIOP, 2011 

The Ph.D. degree requirements include 60 credits of coursework, a master’s thesis, comprehensive examinations, and a dissertation.

Course Requirements for the I/O Training Area:

The 60-credit course curriculum is organized into 4 groups of required courses and 1 group of elective courses:

  • Group 1: I/O Psychology Foundation Courses (21 credits)
  • Group 2: General Psychology (12 credits)
  • Group 3: Industrial Psychology Courses (minimum of 6 credits)
  • Group 4: Organizational Psychology Courses (minimum of 6 credits)
  • Elective Courses (minimum of 15 credits)

Group 1: I/O Psychology Foundation Courses (21 credits):

  • Problems in I/O Psychology: II. Organizational Psychology (3 credits)
  • Statistics & Computer Programming I (3 credits)
  • Statistics & Computer Programming II (3 credits)
  • Research Methods and Design I (3 credits)
  • Independent Readings (3 credits)
  • Independent Psychological Research (3 credits)
  • Psychometric Methods (3 credits)

Group 2: General Psychology (12 credits): 

  • Ethical/Legal Issues for Psychologists (3 credits)
  • Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • Cognitive Psychology (3 credits)
  • Individual differences (e.g., Personality, Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues in Organizations) (3 credits)

 Group 3: Industrial Psychology Courses (minimum of 6 credits):

  • Problems in I/O Psychology: I. Personnel Psychology (Job Analysis and Selection) (3 credits)
  • Advanced Seminar in Research Problems in Personnel Psychology (Performance Management) (3 credits)
  • Training and Development (3 credits)

Group 4: Organizational Psychology Courses (minimum of 6 credits):

  • Human Motivation (3 credits)
  • Leadership in Organizations (3 credits)
  • Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues in Organizations* (3 credits)
  • Emotions and Attitudes in Organizations (3 credits)
  • Career Development/Work-Life Interface (3 credits)

Elective Courses (Minimum of 15 credits; may include Group 3 or Group 4 courses, above the minimum Group requirements; Four of the five electives must be psychology electives).

 Examples of recent I/O psychology and statistics electives:

  • Advanced Psychometrics (Item Response Theory) (3 credits)
  • Organizational Survey Research (3 credits)
  • Organizational Development (3 credits)
  • Special Topics: Individual Psychological Assessment (3 credits)
  • Special Topics: Talent Management (3 credits)
  • Special Topics: Research Synthesis (3 credits)
  • Hierarchical Linear Models (3 credits)
  • Path Analysis, Factor Analysis, & SEM (3 credits)

*A course can only be used to fulfill one requirement.

Students take 18 credits in years one, two, and three, and 6 credits in the fourth year. Previously earned credits in an I/O psychology Ph.D. program may be transferred in some situations. Credits from a terminal master's degree or other prior graduate degrees are not transferred and will not apply to the Ph.D. requirements.

Master's Thesis Requirement for the I/O Training Area:

All students are required to complete a master's thesis. A committee chair and two additional committee members are selected to advise the student throughout the process of developing a proposal, obtaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, conducting the research, and completing the thesis. A successful oral defense of the thesis proposal is the first doctoral examination in the I/O training area. A successful oral defense of the final written document completes the thesis requirement. 

Written Comprehensive Examination Requirement for the I/O Training Area:

After the completion of the master's thesis and 54 credits, students take a two-day written comprehensive examination covering all facets of industrial and organizational psychology, research methods, psychometrics, and ethical/professional issues. Passing the comprehensive exams is the second doctoral examination in the I/O training area.

Dissertation Requirement for the I/O Training Area:

All students are required to complete a doctoral dissertation. A committee chair and two additional committee members are selected who advise the student throughout the process of developing a proposal, obtaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, implementing the research, and completing the dissertation. Once the written dissertation is conditionally accepted by the initial committee and by two additional committee members, a successful oral defense completes the course of graduate study.

Core I/O Psychology Faculty

In addition to the core I/O faculty, there are a number of additional faculty members who are involved with the Ph.D. program.

Admissions Requirements

Students may apply with a baccalaureate degree only, or may apply after having taken graduate courses elsewhere.

The admission requirements are as follows:

  Applicants need to have completed at least 15           credits in psychology including:

    • a course in research methods or experimental psychology
    • a course in I/O psychology or an equivalent (e.g., human resources, organizational behavior, or applied psychology)
    • a course in statistics

    The Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

    • The college code of the Graduate Center for reporting GRE scores is 2113.
    • Do not submit GRE scores or other application material to the Psychology Department or to Baruch College. They must come from the test creators.

    Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate intuitions attended

    Three letters of recommendation

    A three page maximum statement of the candidate

Applicants need to submit all of the required materials by the application deadline of December 1st of each year.

  • The program does not make exceptions to the admissions requirements.
  • A telephone interview may be required prior to admission. This interview allows the admission committee to make a more comprehensive assessment of the applicant.

I/O Program Admissions Coordinator:

Charles A. Scherbaum, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Baruch College, City University of New York
Box B 8-215
One Bernard Baruch Way
New York, NY 10010
Email: Charles.Scherbaum@baruch.cuny.edu
Tel: 646-312-3807
Fax: 646-312-3781
http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/psychology/people/CharlesScherbaum.htm

Prospective applicants can submit their application on-line to the Ph.D. program in I/O psychology on the admission website for the City of New York’s Graduate Center:

http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Prospective-Current-Students/Prospective-Students/Application-Instructions-Forms

 

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