Industrial and Organizational Psychology PhD

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The Industrial and Organizational Psychology track in the Psychology PhD program educates and trains students to contribute to and perpetuate psychological science and practice.


The Psychology PhD program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (I/O) requires four to five years of full-time study beyond the baccalaureate and three to four years beyond the master’s. The first few years are devoted to course work and the final year to the doctoral dissertation.

Students enrolled in the doctoral program who wish to earn a master’s degree en route to the PhD must meet with their PhD adviser and the program director for the MS program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology to plan a program of study. Students may be granted a master’s degree after completing 40 hours of graduate courses in the PhD program including Industrial Psychology I, Organizational Psychology I, Professional Issues, Research Methods I and II, Social Psychology, Psychometrics, one Special topics seminar, two credit hours of directed research, Industrial Psychology Practicum I, and three of the following electives offered in the MS program:

  • INP 6058 Job and Task Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • INP 6605 Training and Performance Appraisal (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 6318 Applied Testing and Selection (3 credit hours)
  • INP 6215 Assessment Centers and Leadership (3 credit hours)

The I/O program requires a minimum of 72 credit hours of graduate study for students who enter the program with a baccalaureate degree. The nature of this study is determined by the  I/O Area Program Committee.

Total Credit Hours Required:
72 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—45 Credit Hours

I/O Area Courses—33 Credit Hours

  • INP 7214 Industrial Psychology I (3 credit hours)
  • INP 7251 Industrial Psychology II (3 credit hours)
  • INP 7310 Organizational Psychology I (3 credit hours)
  • INP 7311 Organizational Psychology II (3 credit hours)
  • INP 7081 Professional Issues in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 7315 Psychometric Theory and Practice (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 7217C Advanced Research Methodology I (4 credit hours)
  • PSY 7218C Advanced Research Methodology II (4 credit hours)
  • PSY 7219C Advanced Research Methodology III (4 credit hours)
  • INP 6072 Survey Research Methods and Program Evaluation in I/O (3 credit hours) 

Psychology Field Courses—6 Credit Hours

  • SOP 5059 Advanced Social Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • EXP 6506 Human Cognition and Learning (3 credit hours)

Research Courses—6 Credit Hours

  • INP 6933 Seminar in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3 credit hours, taken twice) or 
  • INP 6971 Thesis (3 credit hours, taken twice)

Elective Courses—12 Credit Hours

Students must select four elective courses. These courses must be approved by the student's major adviser and the program director. The courses in this set are selected by the student in conjunction with his or her adviser. Note, however, that all courses in the set must be approved by the I/O Program Committee. The available elective courses include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • PPE 5055 Personality Theories (3 credit hours)
  • MAN 6311 Advanced Topics in Human Resources Management (3 credit hours)
  • MAN 7207 Organizational Theory (3 credit hours)
  • MAN 6385 Human Resource Strategy (3 credit hours)
  • INP 6605 Training and Team Performance (3 credit hours)
  • INP 6215 Assessment Centers and Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • INP 6058 Job Analysis and Performance Appraisals (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 6318 Recruitment, Placement, and Selection (3 credit hours)
  • INP 6933 Seminar in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3 credit hours; may be taken up to 6 times for credit)

Dissertation—15 Credit Hours

  • PSY 7980 Doctoral Dissertation (15 credit hours)  

Teaching Experience

Prior to being admitted to doctoral candidacy, all students must successfully teach a minimum of one undergraduate course as instructor of record.

Fulfillment of the Teaching requirement involves first taking the UCF College of Graduate Studies online and face-to-face GTA Training. In addition, students need to serve as instructor of record for an undergraduate class at UCF. The student must submit a syllabus, lecture notes, examinations, two course evaluations (mid and end-of-semester), as well as written feedback from the student's major professor or members of the student's doctoral committee who directly observed or viewed videotapes of at least three lectures. Students will be required to administer student evaluations to their class mid-way through the semester so that they can receive feedback and make any necessary changes. The student's adviser will provide ratings of the student's performance as instructor of record at the end of the semester. If the adviser believes that the student has not performed satisfactorily, the adviser will determine remediation specific to the student's weakness (e.g., presentation skills). This remediation is not limited to, but may include, the following: serving as a guest lecturer for another instructor of record, taking a course or seminar, or teaching another semester, as determined by the student's adviser.

Fulfillment of the traditional Teaching requirement is intended to provide students with (a) additional training and opportunities to develop instructional skills consistent with university-level instruction, (b) the opportunity to receive and react to constructive comments concerning their developing instructional skills, (c) additional opportunities to learn and develop expertise in using newly developed technology and methods relevant to university-level instruction (e.g., active learning groups, computer-assisted technology, software programs that facilitate and complement traditional instructional activities), and (d) additional expertise in select areas of psychology to prepare them for future professional instructional opportunities following graduation from the university.

Candidacy Examination

After completing all required courses, students must pass all three sections of the Candidacy Examination. This is a written examination covering the content of the field and are graded by the I/O faculty. Candidacy Examinations may be taken a maximum of three times. Failure to pass any section of the examination on three occasions will result in the student being dismissed from the program.

Admission to Candidacy

The following are required to be admitted to candidacy and enroll in dissertation hours: 

  • Completion of all course work, except for dissertation hours. 
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate teaching assignment as instructor of record. 
  • Successful completion of the candidacy examination.  
  • The dissertation advisory committee is formed, consisting of approved graduate faculty and graduate faculty scholars.  
  • Submittal of an approved program of study. 

Independent Learning

Given the nature of graduate training and the pursuit of a doctoral degree, graduate students in industrial and organizational psychology are expected to engage in independent learning throughout their graduate career. The completion of the doctoral dissertation is an example of independent learning in which all graduate students participate. In addition, a master's thesis or other research projects will be undertaken by the students from the first year on. To facilitate this process, students are expected to attend weekly program-sponsored research presentations during the Fall and Spring semesters and will be required to give at least three of these presentations prior to graduation.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Psychology or another allied area.
  • Evidence of successful completion of undergraduate courses in statistics and in the general area of experimental psychology.
  • Résumé.
  • Statement outlining the student’s academic and professional background and goals, along with career aspirations and goals.
  • Three letters of recommendation, with at least two furnished by college or university professors who are acquainted with the applicant. 

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant's abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this program and faculty expertise to the applicant's career/academic goals, and the applicant's potential for completing the degree.

It is preferred that applicants to the program either have a bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology, or a baccalaureate degree and completion of undergraduate psychology courses in statistics and research methods; and four additional upper-division courses (12 credit hours) in the core content areas of psychology, for a minimum of 18 upper-division hours in psychology. It is up to the discretion of the I/O admissions committee whether a student accepted into the I/O Psychology PhD program, with a bachelor’s degree other than psychology, will be required to take upper-division courses in the core content areas of psychology.

Applicants should note that admission to the PhD program is competitive, and successful applicants are expected to have an outstanding academic record. Admission to the program is based upon an overall assessment of the applicant’s potential for completing it and for making significant contributions to the science and/or practice of I&O psychology. Admissions decisions are generally made by the second week in March and applicants are notified of their status shortly thereafter. Note that admission to the program is restricted to the fall semester of each academic year.

Application Deadlines

Industrial and Organizational Psychology PhD *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Dec 15Dec 15



International Applicants Dec 15Dec 15



International Transfer Applicants Dec 15Dec 15



*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.