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I-O Admission Information

Industrial-Organizational Psychology Doctoral Admissions Requirements

Doctoral Applicants

Acceptance of an applicant is contingent on the approval of the Graduate School, the Department of Psychology, and the Admissions Committee of the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program. Admissions decisions are based upon the evaluation of all available evidence relevant to the applicant's potential to obtain a doctorate and succeed as a professional. Specific data employed in the evaluation are:

  1. Academic Record (Preferred: Undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher);
  2. GRE Scores (Preferred: V + Q = 1200/308 or higher) and other test data, if available;
  3. Three letters of recommendation and evaluative ratings;
  4. Professionally relevant experiences, honors, and awards;
  5. Statement of applicant's career goals and research interests.

Doctoral Application Forms

Application for admission requires a Graduate School application obtained from the University of Georgia Office of Graduate Admissions and a supplementary Industrial-Organizational Program survey. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is December 1 for the following Fall term. For more on psychology graduate admissions, click here for a complete list of required materials or contact the Graduate Coordinator's Office at

Transfers to the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Doctoral Program:

A student in another doctoral program within the Department of Psychology at the University of Georgia who wishes to transfer to the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program should first discuss the matter with his or her major professor and then make an appointment with the Chair of the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program for an interview. Subsequent to the interview, the student should, if still desirous of a transfer, obtain a copy of his or her file from the office of the Graduate Coordinator and send it to the Chair of the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program. A statement of the student's career goals and research interests should be included in the file. Applicants seeking transfers to the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program will be evaluated by its Admissions Committee together with all other applicants in a given year. Application files should be received by the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program Chair by December 1. Students transferring to the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program will be expected to fulfill all requirements of the Program.

Co-majors in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (Doctoral):

A student in another doctoral program within the Department of Psychology who wishes to pursue a co-major in Industrial-Organizational Psychology should first seek the approval of his/her Advisory Committee. If approval is obtained, the student should notify the Chair of the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program and request any information he or she may need to fulfill the requirements for a co-major.

Co-majors in Industrial-Organizational Psychology are expected to complete requirements in one of the two specialty areas in this program, i.e., Industrial-Organizational Psychology or Measurement and Individual Differences. In addition, the student is expected to complete a research project (via PSYC 9100) under the supervision of a faculty member of the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program or to conduct dissertation research which bridges the student's co-major specialty areas. In the latter instance, at least one appropriate member of the Industrial-Organizational Psychology faculty shall be included as a member of the student's dissertation committee.

Doctoral Professional Development

A major objective of the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program is to prepare students so that they can apply appropriate research methods to the many kinds of human work-related problems encountered by individuals and organizations in our society. The focus of the program is on the broad arena of problems dealt with by measurement and industrial-organizational psychologists, rather than the more individual-oriented personal problems that are of interest to clinical and counseling psychologists. Consequently, much emphasis is placed on research design and methods and on making available to students opportunities for engaging in research.

The emphasis on research is paralleled by a concern for professional development. Students in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program are strongly encouraged to be actively involved in applied and/or theoretical research during the entire term of their graduate residency, and to see these scholarly pursuits through to their logical conclusions, such as papers presented at professional meetings, journal publications, or proposals submitted for funding. Typical students can expect to have produced several papers, articles, or proposals during five years of graduate school. This emphasis is seen as an extremely valuable adjunct to course work in preparing students to assume a professional role.

To facilitate their professional development, students are encouraged to become affiliated with scientific/professional societies such as the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), Academy of Management, American Psychological Society (APS), Southern Management Association (SMA), American Psychological Association (APA), Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA), the Atlanta Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology (ASAP) and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES).

Click here for a list of Industrial-Organizational Psychology professional links.

Doctoral Financial Assistance

The Industrial-Organizational Program faculty will make every effort to help secure financial assistance for their students. Some possible sources are:

  • National fellowships are offered by the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies and are administered through the Graduate School.
  • The Graduate School awards Alumni Foundation Fellowships, University-wide Assistantships, graduate assistantships, and graduate research assistantships on a competitive basis.
  • Both teaching and laboratory assistantships are awarded annually by the Department of Psychology to students on a merit basis.
  • The Board of Regents provides waivers of out-of-state tuition (on a competitive basis) for some students who are not residents of Georgia.
  • The faculty in Industrial-Organizational Psychology may have personal research grants or contracts which provide for the support of research assistants.
  • Some support may be available as assistantships or part-time positions with research and service agencies on campus.
  • Most financial assistance is coordinated by the Graduate Coordinator and/or the Head of the Psychology Department. For this reason, it is important that Industrial-Organizational Program students in need of financial assistance make their needs and preferences known to your advisors so that a recommendation can be transmitted through the program and department. Funding opportunities are also frequently announced over the iopsy-l list.

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