Elective work (9 semester hours) is required in addition to the core curriculum (36 semester hours) in order to fulfill the Master of Science in I-O Psychology degree requirements. Any combination of listed options below (totaling 9 semester hours) will satisfy the elective requirements.

Examples of Elective Courses:

  • PSY 630 Occupational Health Psychology  Introduction to the interdisciplinary field of occupational health psychology.  Focuses on the basic theories and research findings that have emerged in the field, application of those theories and research, and developing a problem solving orientation to diagnosing occupational safety and health problems.
  • PSY 632 Public Health  This course introduces the graduate student to fundamental concepts, principles, theories, research and contemporary issues in public health, including social and behavior health sciences, environmental health, epidemiology, and biostatistics.  The course will focus on the application of these scientific findings in the workplace.
    PSY 645 Organizational Consulting  Presents a comprehensive overview of organizational consulting, including its history, specializations, and contexts.  Fundamental principles, effective practices, and emerging issues are studied.
  • PSY 652 Epidemiology  Survey basic concepts and principles of epidemiology, including epidemiologic models, the epidemiology process, epidemiologic investigation, and application of these concepts and principles.
  • PSY 670 Organizational Leadership  Overview of leadership in organizational settings.  This seminar is devoted to building a foundational understanding of leadership by working through some of major theoretical approaches using text and selected readings.  Working in teams, students will also design and conduct a study on leadership using various published measures.
  • PSY 675 Workplace Motivation  This course introduces the graduate students to fundamental concepts, theories, contemporary research findings, and emerging issues in workplace motivation and behavior.  Complementary and sometimes contradictory perspectives on motivation and its impact on organizational behavior will be discussed.

Elective credit for non-psychology courses:

Graduate level courses taken in departments other than Psychological Science may be granted credit to satisfy elective requirements in the IO graduate program. Students wanting to take a graduate course in another department must obtain a syllabus from the instructor and submit it to the director of the IO graduate program for review. Courses to be considered for graduate elective credit in the IO program must be relevant to IO psychology and will be approved at the discretion of the IO program director. Potential graduate electives may be found in the master's programs in Communication, Informatics, and Public Administration.