Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Program Description

Valdosta State University is one of only two Regional Universities in Georgia. In service to this region, the Department of Psychology and Counseling offers graduate degrees in Counseling and Guidance (M.Ed and Ed.S), Clinical Counseling Psychology (M.S.), Industrial-Organizational Psychology (M.S.), and School Psychology (Ed.S). Additionally, the College of Education offers doctoral degrees in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, and Adult and Vocational Education. Several of the core courses for the I-O program serve students from these various graduate programs; as such, students of the I/O program are given the opportunity to interact in the classroom with students from these various fields.

Since the inception of the I-O Program at VSU in 1984, our students have had a high success rate in acquiring jobs in human resources, research, and human services. Part of the success of our students can be attributed to the opportunities provided by on-site practicum experiences. Students have served as human-resource interns with local, regional, national, and international organizations in manufacturing, human services, health care, civil service, banking, and government contracting. The opportunity for on-site experience is further enhanced by VSU's Office of Cooperative Education.

Many of our students take advantage of courses in other departments such as Instructional Technology (IT) and Public Administration. The IT program offers classes in Technology Applications. Students interested in the field of training will find that IT courses complement their psychology courses. For those who may be interested in supplementing their education in I-O Psychology with aspects of administration in public services, the Public Administration program welcomes psychology majors.

In addition to the academic aspects of attending VSU, one might also consider the quality of life aspects of living in Valdosta, Georgia. Valdosta is located in the center of south Georgia just 15 miles north of the Florida line. The Golden Isles of the Georgia Coast are 90 miles east. The Gulf Coast Beaches of Florida are a two-hour drive. Atlanta is 3 1/2 hours north on Interstate 75 and Orlando is 3 1/2 hours south on Interstate 75.

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission: To be considered for regular admission, the following criteria must be met:

1. B.S. or B.A. in Psychology or an equivalent undergraduate degree. 2) An undergraduate degree in a related field, with a minimum of 15 semester-hours in specific psychology courses. Appropriate courses include (a) General Psychology, (b) Statistical Methods in Psychology, (c) Experimental Psychology, (d) Tests and Measurements, and (e) one additional junior/senior level psychology course.

2. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, calculated on all work attempted in which letter were awarded AND a minimum GRE-Verbal score of 153 plus a minimum GRE-Quantitative score of 145.

3. Three letters of professional recommendation from writers who can address the applicant’s academic ability, career interests, motivation, and potential to successfully complete the program of study. At least two of the letters should come from current or former college professors/instructors.

4. A written personal goal statement of no more than 250 words describing the student’s relevant vocational and academic experience and the student’s academic and career goals. The statement must demonstrate articulation, writing skill, and goals consistent with the mission of the degree program.

Probationary Admission: To be considered for regular admission, the following criteria must be met:

1. B.S. or B.A. in Psychology or an equivalent undergraduate degree. 2) An undergraduate degree in a related field, with a minimum of 15 semester-hours in specific psychology courses. Appropriate courses include (a) General Psychology, (b) Statistical Methods in Psychology, (c) Experimental Psychology, (d) Tests and Measurements, and (e) one additional junior/senior level psychology course.

2a. minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, calculated on all work attempted in which letter were awarded AND a minimum GRE-Verbal score of 145 plus a minimum GRE-Quantitative score of 141.

OR

2b. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75, calculated on all work attempted in which letter were awarded AND a minimum GRE-Verbal score of 153 plus a minimum GRE-Quantitative score of 145.

3. Three letters of professional recommendation from writers who can address the applicant’s academic ability, career interests, motivation, and potential to successfully complete the program of study. At least two of the letters should come from current or former college professors/instructors.

4. A written personal goal statement of no more than 250 words describing the student’s relevant vocational and academic experience and the student’s academic and career goals. The statement must demonstrate articulation, writing skill, and goals consistent with the mission of the degree program.

The application can be completed online at the VSU Graduate School website. 

Program of Study

Each student is required to complete 45 semester-hours for the Master of Science degree in I-O Psychology. These requirements include 6 credit hours of on-site practicum experience. Completion of a master’s thesis is optional, but recommended for those preparing for doctoral study.

Required Courses (34 hours)

  • PSYC 5800 Introduction to I-O Psychology
  • PSYC 7600 Personnel Selection 
  • PSYC 7610 Performance Appraisal       
  • PSYC 7690 Professional Issues in I-O Psychology  
  • PSYC 7670 Social Psychology 
  • PSYC 8000 Research Design and Analysis                    
  • PSYC 8350 Psychology of Motivation     
  • PSYC 8360 Human Resource Development           
  • PSYC 8370 Human Factors Psychology   
  • PSYC 8400 Employment Law for Personnel Practices     
  • PSYC 7961 I/O Psychology Practicum I 
  • PSYC 7962 I/O Psychology Practicum II    

Guided Electives (11 hours)

Students will select elective classes from various areas, such as Instructional Technology, Public Administration, Business Administration, and Psychology.

* If a student has taken Introduction to Industrial Organizational Psychology in undergraduate coursework, the required PSYC 5800 Introduction to Industrial Organizational Psychology will be replaced with 3 hours of guided electives.

Scholarship Opportunities

Vicky Lynne Foshee Scholarship

This scholarship was created to honor the memory of Vicky Lynne Foshee, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Donald P. Foshee.  Its value is approximately $1,100.  Criteria for application include the following:

  • The recipient must be a graduate student enrolled in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program at VSU.
  • The recipient must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.  (It may be renewed for a second year if the recipient is making appropriate progress toward his/her degree.) 
  • The recipient must demonstrate financial need.
  • Interested applicants should submit the application.  Please fill in the appropriate information, print the application, attach the requested documentation, and deliver the packet to Dr. Phil Gunter in the Dean’s Office in the College of Education; Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA  31698.  Only complete application packets will be considered.

Contact Previous Program Graduates

Government

Kimberlyn Love (Graduated 2009)
U.S. Department of Labor - Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
Equal Opportunity Specialist
kim1434@bellsouth.net

Military Research/Training

Sarah Morrisey (Graduated 2010)
Camber Corporation
Analyst
Skyjay223@aol.com

Health Care

Doreen Finley (Graduated 2010)
Florida Hospital Medical Group
Recruiter
Doreen.finley@flhosp.org

Education/University

Ralph Romero (Graduated 2009)
eLEAD CRM, Data Software Services
Director of Training
ralph_romero@att.net

Kohle Paul (Graduated 2008)
Oasis Center for Advising - Valdosta State University
Academic Advisor & Graduate Assistant Advisor Training Coordinator
wkpaul@valdosta.edu

Katelyn Cassotta (Graduated 2011)
Department of Human Resources - Valdosta State University
Human Resource Specialist
kdbruce@valdosta.edu

IT/Data Services

Shereen Ashtiani (Graduated 2010)
Unbounded Solutions, Inc. IT consulting
Recruiting Manager
shereena@theunbounded.com

Mario Sanchez (Graduated 2010)
TRX, Inc. Data Services
HR Specialist
mario.sanchez@trx.com

General HR

Christie LeFiles (Graduated 2010)
Cleaver Brooks
Corporate Human Resources Generalist
clefiles@cleaverbrooks.com

Jillian Moser (Graduated 2010)
Payroll & Human Resources - ADP
Implementation Specialist
Jillian.moser@gmail.com

Additional Resources

  • SIOP - Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology
  • SEPA - Southeastern Psychological Association
  • SHRM - Society for Human Resource Management
  • VSU SHRM - VSU Student SHRM Chapter
  • I-O Careers - Social Network Site for Industrial Organizational Career Advancement

For more information, contact Larry P. Wiley, lwiley@valdosta.edu