Where can I learn more about the field of I-O Psychology?
The best place to start is www.siop.org. There is an entire section for Students that covers topics of interest to those seeking an education and career in this field. There are numerous other valuable resources as you explore this career path, including a job board and the results of a recent salary survey of I-O Psychologists.
After graduating from the IOMP, can I progress to completing my Ph.D. in the I-O program at UGA? Will the courses transfer?
You must apply to the I-O Ph.D. program separately, and most of the IOMP coursework will not transfer. The Master’s program is a completely different format designed for working professionals with some classes taught by senior business leaders and some taught by faculty, with more of a practitioner focus in the content. However, the Ph.D. program is a full-time, traditional academic format with classes on weekdays in Athens delivered almost entirely by the faculty who focus more on theory and pure research.
You could certainly complete both programs consecutively, but you’d be best served to decide beforehand which route best fits your career objectives. Keep in mind that the UGA I-O Ph.D. program is extremely competitive and the deadline for application is usually in early December (for enrollment the following Fall). I-O Ph.D. programs at other universities will likely have a similar policy on course transfer.
What will I be able to do with a Master’s degree in I-O Psychology?
There are a lot of options, especially after you acquire a few years of relevant work experience, and it depends on your skill set and career path interests. People with Master’s degrees in I-O Psychology usually start out in a talent management or leadership development group as an analyst or specialist. Some also work as junior consultants in small to mid-size consulting firms. There are also a myriad of jobs in government and non-profit organizations. For more information on the career paths available after graduation, refer to www.siop.org/CareerPaths/ and www.bls.gov.
The following video from SIOP is also a great resource of information. Everything You Want to Know About Graduate School in I-O Psychology but Are Too Afraid to Ask: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON4xTFbFrwk
Is it possible to take a few of the required classes in your master's program online and then transfer as a traditional, full-time student in the near future?
It is not possible to take any of our program’s courses individually before enrolling in the program full-time. We are a cohort-based program (like an MBA program), and our courses are not available to those not enrolled in the program full-time. If you take similar graduate-level courses at another university and request to transfer credit, we would need to evaluate them on a case-by-case basis. Because of the unique format and highly practioner-based emphasis in our program, it's unlikely that external courses will be accepted for transfer credit, and if it’s an entirely online version of the course, it is highly unlikely that we would accept it for transfer credit.
Are there scholarship, assistantship, and/or fellowship opportunities for students enrolled in the IOMP?
We do not have scholarships, assistantships, or fellowships available from the program. You can certainly apply for funding from external sources. For instance, you can search for scholarship offers via http://www.tuitionfundingsources.com/. Our program is designed for working professionals with classes on Friday evenings and Saturdays, so many of our students pay for school via their full-time jobs. Some also receive tuition reimbursement from their employers. We highly recommend that students maintain employment in a professional job while in the program, whether it be full-time or part-time. Many of our courses have assignments and projects that require access to an organization, giving students the opportunity to immediately apply the classroom knowledge to their workplaces and potentially add value back to their organizations.
Is a degree awarded from a program delivered on the Gwinnett Campus considered a lesser degree than a degree awarded from a program on the Athens Campus?
No, not at all. The degree is the same and is awarded by The University of Georgia with no reference to Gwinnett on the degree.
Campus Location: University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus, 2530 Sever Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30043