MSIO Program Requirements

MS in Psychology, Option in Industrial/Organizational Psychology – Degree Requirements

Current MSIO Program Handbook   

36-UNIT SEQUENCE OF REQUIRED COURSES (Applied/Portfolio Track OR Research/Thesis Track)

The CSULB MSIO program offers students a choice between two tracks: applied/portfolio or research/thesis.  Students must declare their choice of track by the beginning of their second year in the program.  While the coursework for the two tracks is largely the same, the tracks are differentiated primarily by the culminating experience.  Students planning on a career as a practitioner of Industrial-Organizational psychology are encouraged to choose the applied/portfolio track.  In this track, a student will assist a faculty member in a supervised research project, and will develop a portfolio of his or her applied projects.  Students planning on pursuing a doctorate in Industrial-Organizational psychology may consider the research/thesis track, which requires students to conduct an entire thesis.  Steps in thesis development include choosing a research topic, creation of a thesis proposal, data collection and analysis, and writing a discussion of study findings.

Applied/Portfolio Track

  1. PSY 581 Organizational Psychology
  2. PSY 585 Personnel Psychology
  3. Two (2) of the following advanced statistical courses:
    PSY 511  Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments
    PSY 512  Multivariate Analysis
    PSY 523  Qualitative Methods in Psychology
  4. Two (2) of the following courses: 
    PSY 501  History of Psychology
    PSY 518  Computer Applications in Psychology
    PSY 527  Human Factors
    PSY 533  Research Cognition and Learning
    PSY 544  Cognitive Neuroscience
    PSY 553  Principles of Group Dynamics
    PSY 575  Clinical Interviewing
    PSY 634  Seminar in Cognition
    PSY 651  Seminar in Social Psychology
    PSY 656  Seminar in Personality
    HRM 445 Compensation Administration
  5. PSY 515 Test Construction
  6. PSY 582 Research in Industrial Psychology
  7. PSY 683 Issues in Organizational Development
  8. PSY 686 Issues in Training
  9. PSY 688 Practicum in Industrial Organizational
  10. PSY 699 Directed Research and Portfolio

Research/Thesis Track

  1. PSY 581 Organizational Psychology
  2. PSY 585 Personnel Psychology
  3. Two (2) of the following advanced statistical courses:
    PSY 511  Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments
    PSY 512  Multivariate Analysis
    PSY 523  Qualitative Methods in Psychology
  4. One (1) of the following courses:
    PSY 501  History of Psychology
    PSY 518  Computer Applications in Psychology
    PSY 527  Human Factors
    PSY 533  Research Cognition and Learning
    PSY 544  Cognitive Neuroscience
    PSY 553  Principles of Group Dynamics
    PSY 575  Clinical Interviewing
    PSY 634  Seminar in Cognition
    PSY 651  Seminar in Social Psychology
    PSY 656  Seminar in Personality
    HRM 445 Compensation Administration
  5. PSY 515 Test Construction
  6. PSY 582 Research in Industrial Psychology
  7. PSY 683 Issues in Organizational Development
  8. PSY 686 Issues in Training
  9. PSY 688 Practicum in Industrial Organizational
  10. PSY 698 Thesis