Course Requirements

Minimum of 72 credit hours are required to earn the Master of Arts.

Core Courses

Statistics and Methodology Courses

Industrial Psychology Core Courses

Other Required Courses

Additional courses are required to attain the minimum of 72 credit hours, including PSY 597 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH. These courses should be taken with the consent of the student’s faculty advisor.

Degree Candidacy

During the Winter quarter of the second year of graduate study, each student is evaluated for acceptance as a candidate for the doctoral degree. Only those students who have given evidence of satisfactory academic performance as graduate students, and have had a research proposal for the master’s thesis approved, will be advanced. The department reserves the right to require the student to take special or oral examinations to fulfill this requirement. Students denied candidacy will be required to withdraw from the program or withdraw after completion of the M.A.  

Research Thesis

Complete a thesis on a topic approved by the department.

Thesis Examination

Either written or oral, the examination, in the field of graduate study, may be, but is not necessarily, limited to a defense of the student’s thesis.

PSY 404

LEARNING AND COGNITIVE PROCESSES

Survey of classical and instrumental conditioning, biological constraints, attention, memory,cognition, and practical applications. Major theoretical approaches include stimulus-response, early cognitive theories and information processing theory.

PSY 430

ADVANCED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

Advanced study of social psychological methodology, ethics and deception, attitudes, altruism, aggression, and interpersonal processes and attraction.

PSY 410

ADVANCED STATISTICS I

Graphical methods for data display, analysis of variance, multiple comparisons, multifactor analysis of variance, randomized block, repeated measures, and related designs. Cross-listed as SOC 450.

PSY 411

ADVANCED STATISTICS II

Multiple linear regression, analysis of covariance, and logistic regression.
Prerequisites:
PSY 410 is a prerequisite for this class.

PSY 418

MULTIVARIATE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS

Multivariate regression, principal component, cluster analysis and multidemensional scaling. Canonical correlation, multivariate analysis of variance, linear discriminant function analysis.
Prerequisites:
PSY 411 is a prerequisite for this class.

PSY 419

FACTOR ANALYSIS AND PATH MODELING

Theoretical foundations, methods of analysis, and comparison of various factor analytic models. Structural equation and measurement models using the Mplus/ LISREL program.

PSY 420

ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

Design and analysis of basic and applied psychological research with an emphasis on statistical software.
Prerequisites:
PSY 411 is a prerequisite for this class.

PSY 440

PSYCHOLOGY OF WORK AND MOTIVATION

Current research and theories in organizational psychology relating to motivation, job satisfaction, work attitudes, employee withdrawal, and counterproductivity.

PSY 441

PSYCHOLOGY OF LEADERSHIP

Current research and theories in organizational psychology relating to leadership, supervision, job performance, and managerial training. Emphasis is on theoretical development and empirical evaluation of constructs in contemporary research.

PSY 442

PERSONNEL PSYCHOLOGY

Major issues in the Human Resource area. Topics include job analysis, job evaluation, pay equity, benefits, incentive systems, and personnel selection methods, focusing on recruitment, biodata, references, testing, interviews.

PSY 444

PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL

Theory of criterion development, the evaluation process, and measurement in performance appraisal. Emphasis on design and development.

PSY 445

ADVANCED TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT IN ORGANIZATIONS

In-depth exposure to issues related to training in industry and other organizations. Such topics as needs assessment, training program design, program evaluation, and relevant social and economic issues will be covered.

PSY 446

PSYCHOLOGICAL THEORIES OF ORGANIZATIONS

Theory and research in the psychology of organizations relating to organizational design, analysis, systems, processes and change.

PSY 447

ORGANIZATIONAL CONSULTATION

Applies behavioral science and managerial theories and methodologies to organizational consultation and change processes.

PSY 448

CONCEPTS, METHODS, AND ETHICS FOR INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

The major concepts and techniques relevant to I/O psychology. Topics include psychometrics, regression, validity generalization, utility, legal issues, affirmative action, and ethics.

PSY 559

SEMINAR IN INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

Four quarter hours.
Prerequisites:
PSY 448 is a prerequisite for this class.

PSY 597

MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH

Original investigation of a specific research problem. Four hours required.