The mission of the industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology MS degree program at UTC is to provide students with the training necessary to pursue any possible I-O related career. These include, but are not limited to, positions in human resources departments in work organizations (e.g., job analyst, testing specialist, trainer, compensation analyst, organizational development specialist, generalist), as well as roles in consulting, and analytics-related functions. The training in our graduate program can also serve as a solid preparation for the pursuit of doctoral training in I-O or related fields of study. As with any educational program, many graduates have found work in other fields based on some combination of their interests and circumstances.
The fundamental educational philosophy of our program is to train students to think in a logical and critical manner. Our comprehensive curriculum is organized around specific core competency domains needed for success as an I-O psychology practitioner and/or applied researcher. As is evident in the I-O label for this area of psychology, there are two core domains pertinent to I-O psychology: The industrial (I) domain includes content such as job analysis, selection, tests and measurements, and training, while the organizational (O) domain includes content such as work motivation, organizational development, culture, and conflict management. A third domain, research and statistical methodologies and skills, includes content such as univariate and multivariate statistical analysis, experimental design, survey research and scale construction. In summary, our I-O MS degree program is designed to prepare you to apply I-O psychology knowledge and methods, to engage in critical reasoning, to apply and effectively share scientific knowledge in challenging work-related situations, to practice formal scientific methods and thinking, and utilize appropriate evaluation and statistical analysis techniques.