Clemson Graduate School

Clemson Graduate School

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

General Information

Degrees Offered

Introduction

The Department of Psychology at Clemson University offers a 4-5 year Doctorate program in Industrial & Organizational Psychology, training research scientists and teachers for academic and industrial settings. This program is designed to provide the student with the requisite theoretical foundations, skills in quantitative techniques and research design, and practical problem-solving skills to address human problems related to work.

The Ph.D. program is based on the scientist-practitioner model, following the guidelines for doctoral programs issued by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). We try to maintain a balance between the industrial and organizational sides of the field and between research and applications.

The Industrial & Organizational doctorate program meets the educational guidelines established by SIOP. Students typically obtain a Master’s degree as part of the Ph.D. program and are thus required to satisfy the master’s program requirements prior to receiving their doctorate. In addition to the required core content courses, the doctoral program includes at least one course from each of four major areas of psychology (biological, cognitive-affective, social, individual differences).

About the Program

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Robert Sinclair)

Application Requirements

Applying

The Department of Psychology considers an applicant’s background in psychology as part of the admissions process. All applicants to the Human Factors (HF) and Industrial-Organizational (IO) PhD and MS programs are expected to be able to demonstrate knowledge of behavioral research methods and statistical analysis, most commonly through relevant undergraduate coursework and/or research experience.

Applicants to the Industrial-Organizational Ph.D. program are strongly encouraged to obtain some background in applied psychology prior to applying, and are expected to have basic knowledge of psychological theories and methods, but the I-O program does not have a specific psychology course credit expectation.

The Psychology Graduate Admissions Committee is looking for applicants with strong quantitative skills, strong writing abilities and research experience. Applicants should have completed course work in statistics and research methods. Applicants may apply on the Web at http://www.grad.clemson.edu/admission. Along with the application, students must submit GRE scores for the verbal, quantitative and analytical sections (the Psychology Subject Test is not required); transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended; three letters of recommendation; a 1-2 page statement of interest that describes the student’s interest in the program and discusses the student’s research interests and how they fit with the research interests of the program faculty; and a resume or CV (recommended but not required).

Applications should be received by January 15 for the following fall semester. Every required item in support of the application must be on file by that date. All admitted students will be admitted for the fall semester.

Required Documents

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Robert Sinclair)

Financial Aid

To see the proposed Graduate Tuition Rates for this academic year, click here.

The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.

Most PhD and some MS students in the department receive a research or teaching assistantship. The assistantships currently range from $12,000 to $16,000 for each nine-month academic year. Students receiving an assistantship also receive a significant reduction in tuition and fees. All applicants are automatically considered for assistantships, there is no seperate application process.

Course of Study

Program of Study

Students typically obtain their master’s degrees as part of the Ph.D. program and are thus required to satisfy the master’s program requirements prior to receiving their doctorate. In addition to the required core content courses, the doctoral program includes at least one course from each of four major areas of psychology (biological, cognitive-affective, social, individual differences). Students must take a second specified number of research dissertation hours, and successfully write and defend a dissertation. Students are admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree upon successful completion of a qualifying examination. Additionally, our doctoral students complete internships at local and regional businesses and industries. Students generally complete the program in four or five years.

A specialization in Occupational Health Psychology is also offered as part of the program. The Department of Psychology at Clemson University is one of the few programs nationwide to receive funding from the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to develop a graduate training program in Occupational Health Psychology (OHP). Graduate training in OHP at Clemson University has significant potential for impact and academic excellence.

Current Program

Facilities

Students have access to several well-equipped laboratories, including facilities to study and conduct process-control simulation, task performance, psychophysiology, sleep research, perception and action, motion sciences, uncoupled motion simulation, human memory and perception, visual performance, driving simulation, usability testing, advanced reading technologies, personnel selection and performance appraisal, workplace training research, industrial-organizational research, social psychology, residential research, occupational stress simulation and cognitive aging as well as virtual reality, robotics and teleoperation facilities.

Our Students

Seventy percent of the students in this program are women, and 90 percent attend on a full-time basis.

Program Coordinators

Additional Contact

  • Teresa Sharpe
  • 417 Brackett Hall
  • Phone: (864) 656.3211
  • Email: ts@clemson.edu

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