In the field of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, we take a scientific approach to the management of human capital within organizations. With our practitioner-focused format in the IOMP, we educate students on how to understand and apply the science of our field in order to add real value to organizations. It is essential for practicing I-O Psychologists to be able to diagnose organizational issues by applying theory and analyzing data and to then propose and build solutions or interventions using solid research evidence. Therefore, we focus the curriculum on developing these practitioner capabilities and less on conducting academic research.
Courses are taught by a combination of our world-class faculty in the I-O Ph.D. program at UGA and practicing I-O Psychologists who work in Atlanta and the surrounding area. Class sessions are delivered on UGA’s Gwinnett campus on Friday afternoon from 3:30 to 7:00 and again on Saturday from 8:30 to 4:30 for five sessions per semester. Students must successfully complete 12 courses, consisting of 36 credit hours in order to graduate. The curriculum consists of several core I-O courses, up to two electives, and a practicum project. The electives will enable students to tailor some of their studies to their own interests or career needs.
The following illustrates typical coursework completed in two years. Students start the program in the Fall semester and are expected to progress with their cohorts.The curriculum is subject to change in any given year as we continue to adapt the program to emerging industry needs.
2 Courses per Semester
All Classes are 3 credit hours
Year 1, Fall
Intro to Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Organizational Research Methods I
Year 1, Spring
Testing & Measurements
Organizational Research Methods II
Year 1, Summer
Motivation & Engagement
Year 2, Fall
Competency Modeling and Evaluation
Year 2, Spring
Year 2, Summer
Practicum - Consulting Skills
Typical Elective Courses: Principles of Leadership, Diversity & Teams, and Organizational Change
Campus Location: University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus, 2530 Sever Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30043