Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology Phd Program

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Program overview
Research and Applied Focus
I/O Faculty
Application Requirements
PhD Requirements
Student Resources and Funding Opportunities

The University of Texas at Arlington’s Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology with specialization in I/O is designed for students who intend to conduct research in I/O psychology and begin their professional career as either an academician or a practitioner in the field. Aligned with the scientist-practitioner model, the I/O psychology PhD program emphasizes both research and applied experience. Students working toward the I/O doctoral degree are expected to develop, implement, and complete research as part of the degree requirements. Additionally, students have the opportunity to be involved with a student-staffed consulting organization, The Industrial and Organizational Psychology Center. The I/O specialization is currently a part of the Experimental program and requires completion of psychology, methods, and I-O specific courses.

Research Focus
All students in the program are required to conduct research related to I/O psychology. Students work closely with a faculty advisor to hone their research skills. Skill development focuses on literature reviews, study design and execution, statistical analyses, and presenting results in both written and oral formats. The knowledge and skills that students acquire conducting research in graduate school prepares them for the projects, responsibilities, and expectations of applied contexts and to develop their own line of research. Students in the program are encouraged to present research at conferences and publish in peer-reviewed journals.

Currently, the I/O psychology faculty’s research specializes in employee and organizational technology use, prosocial and antisocial employee behavior, personality and individual culture, organizational ethics, creativity and innovation, leadership, and group dynamics.

Applied Focus

Students have the opportunity to work on consulting projects through the Industrial and Organizational Psychology Center. The Center was established in 2012 as an alternative mode with which to increase the knowledge base of the I/O students. By providing students the opportunity to acquire relevant field experience and to network with local organizations, the Center serves as an excellent teaching tool in the development of I/Orelated competencies, as well as a mechanism to develop sustainable working relationships with organizations. Students are also welcome to pursue their own applied experiences outside of The Center.

I/O Psychology Faculty
Dr. Paul Paulus, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and I/O Program Director
Dr. Paulus has done extensive research on group and team creativity and innovation. He has conducted a number of workshops on these issues and can facilitate applied projects with organizations in these areas. He is also an expert on environmental design. He has consulted in the past with a number of national and international organizations on both environmental design and innovation processes.

Primary Research Areas:

• Creativity and innovation
• Group processes

Dr. Nicolette Hass, Professor of Practice in Psychology, Director of The I/O Center
Dr. Hass is currently directing the I/O internship center, which is dedicated to connecting the I/O MS program and the local business community. Faculty and graduate students associated with The Center have collaborated with organizations on projects such as employee attitudes assessment, organizational change implementation, performance management system improvement, and leadership training and development.

Past Collaborators:

• Dallas County Medical Reserve Corps
• Tarrant County Mental Health Services
• CompuCom
• Service-Disable Veteran-Owned Small Business

Dr. Amber Schroeder, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Schroeder’s primary research interests are in the area of technology use in organizational settings. Her research focuses on the implications of organizational online social media use, with further interests in the occurrence of both prosocial and antisocial employee behaviors using a virtual medium. She has also conducted research on employee personality and individual culture. In addition, Dr. Schroeder has worked with various organizations on projects related to employee training, selection tool validation, and organizational policy development.

Primary Research Areas:

• Employee and organizational technology use
• Prosocial and antisocial employee behavior
• Personality and individual culture

Dr. Kelsey Medeiros, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Medeiros’ research focuses on complex problem solving in organizations. Specifically, her work explores environmental and individual influences on ethical decision making and creative problem solving. Additionally, she is interested in microlevel influences on corporate social responsibility. Dr. Medeiros has worked with several national and international organizations on HR-related issues including Hogan Assessment Systems and NBC Universal. Additionally, Dr. Medeiros has trained nearly 700 early-career professionals in professional ethics.

Primary Research Areas:

• Organizational ethics and ethical decision making
• Creativity and innovation
• Corporate social responsibility

Application Requirements
Admission to the I/O PhD program at The University of Texas at Arlington is highly competitive. Listed below are the minimum requirements for admissions, however, meeting the minimum requirements will not ensure acceptance in the program.

Applicants must…

• Maintain an overall grade point average of at least 3.2, with at least a 3.4 average in undergraduate psychology courses
• Earn a minimum score of 297 on the GRE (153 on verbal and 144 on quantitative sections)
• Have completed undergraduate coursework in statistics and experimental methods for unconditional admission

Applications are only accepted for the fall semester. It is recommended that applicants complete all steps of the application process on or before February 1; however, applications will continue to be reviewed upon completion past this date.

I/O PhD Requirements
The I/O PhD requires the following:

• Finish Required Coursework (1st - 3rd year)
• Research Progress Symposium (Spring of 2nd year)
• Propose and defend Master’s Thesis or equivalent paper (2nd or 3rd year)
• Major Area Paper (MAP) or Comprehensive Review Paper (CRP) (equivalent to Diagnostic/Qualifying Exam)
• PhD Dissertation Proposal (equivalent to Comprehensive Exam)
• PhD Dissertation Defense (4th or 5th year)

A minimum of 84 hours are required for the degree. Students fulfill these hours through a combination of methods, psychology, and I-O specific courses.

Student Funding Opportunities and Resources
Departmental assistantships are available for many of our qualified students and provide remission of most of the tuition and fees. Graduate students on support or those who receive a university scholarship of $1000 or greater pay in-state tuition. Larger stipends are awarded to advanced graduate students on assistantship. If you compare the extremely affordable tuition rates and the low cost of living in our area, you will see that UTA is one of the best bargains in higher education. Graduate students on assistantship pay in-state tuition, even if they are out-of-state residents. You will find that many schools that offer full tuition remission are still more expensive to attend than UTA. For more details, see the Psychology Department Graduate Handbook.

Other opportunities for financial assistance include:

McNair Graduate Assistance Package
UTA Office of Financial Aid

The University of Texas at Arlington and the Department of Psychology offer many attractive resources to PhD students. Some of these resources include:

• Student office space
• Internet access
• Computer lab access
• Multi-media lab access
• Newly renovated lab space
• Travel funding available
• Recreational facilities (e.g., weight-rooms, gymnasium, track, pool)
• Student health center