Can you see yourself doing organizational research in a large human resource department in a Fortune-500 company? Are you ready to train for a secure inflation-proof career with national and international opportunities?

The master’s in psychology, with a concentration in industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology, prepares students for jobs in both the public and private sector, in areas such as personnel research, wage and salary administration, human resource development, statistics, personnel management, job analysis, selection and placement, training and development, organizational development, performance evaluation, and entry-level management. Further education at the doctoral level is also an option. The skills required to be a successful I/O psychologist include intellectual ability, problem-solving skills, strong oral and written communication skills, high career motivation, and a high level of interpersonal skills.

Five I/O psychologists and two additional faculty members who are actively involved in the program provide instruction for the program. Class sizes range from eight to 10 students per year. A typical course of study includes a background in statistics and research skills, applied study in the area of I/O psychology, and elective courses.

Each student in the program must also complete an internship that provides practical experience in an organizational setting. An internship is an opportunity to do professional work under the supervision of another professional, and may entail either personnel research or applied activities, such as training, selection and appraisal, job analysis, or other similar functions.

ECU Advantage

In a student poll published in 2006, ECU’s psychology I/O program was nationally ranked as 8th overall in “Student Satisfaction, and 1st in “Program Culture” and “Program Resources.” Students in the program are treated as colleagues and the culture is supportive as well as challenging. Graduate training at ECU also provides an excellent cost-per-semester-hour investment when compared to other programs across the nation.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Shahnaz Aziz (224 Rawl Building; 252-328-1379; azizs@ecu.edu)

The industrial and organizational psychology concentration is designed for students wishing to apply psychological expertise to situations involving human resources in organizations. Students are required to complete either a summer internship between the first and second year of the program or a thesis project.

The coursework for the industrial and organizational psychology concentration provides a preliminary foundation for the occupational health psychology concentration in the health psychology doctoral program. However, acceptance into the industrial and organizational concentration does not guarantee acceptance into the occupational health psychology concentration of the health psychology doctoral program. Students who are enrolled in the industrial and organizational concentration and wish to pursue a doctoral degree in health psychology with a concentration in occupational health psychology must apply for admission to the PhD program.

Minimum degree requirement is 45 s.h. as follows:

1. Core - 9 s.h.
  • PSYC 6343 - Psychology of Organizational Behavior
  • PSYC 6420 - Issues in Personnel Selection
  • PSYC 6521 - Special Topics in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
2. Statistics - 9 s.h.
  • PSYC 6327 - Methods in Human Measurement
  • PSYC 6430 - Statistics and Research Design
  • PSYC 7431 - Advanced Research Design
3. Ethics and professional practice - 3 s.h.
  • PSYC 6465 - Ethics and Professional Practice
4. Options - 6 s.h.

(Choose one.)

    a. Internship
    • PSYC 6970 - Internship in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    • 3 s.h. approved elective
    b. Thesis
    • PSYC 7000 - Thesis (repeat once)
    • Note:

      The thesis option is required of students admitted to the PhD program.

    5. Approved electives - 18 s.h.
      For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

      Careers With This Degree

      Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

      • Psychology
      • Education and Training
      • Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
      • Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
      • Psychologists, All Other
      • Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary
      • Psychology

      Career Opportunities

      ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

      NC Tower

      This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

      • Self-employed;
      • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
      • Work outside of North Carolina.

      US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

      This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

      Degree-specific internships

      For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.