College of Science and Health > Academics > Psychology > Graduate Programs > Industrial-Organizational Psychology (MA/PhD) > Industrial/Organization Psychology FAQ
We look at several predictors for your success in our program. It is important that our students have a strong interest and commitment to research, as the Ph.D. is a research degree. Research experience, indicators of academic potential (GRE, GPA), and a very clear statement of interests are all considered important, along with recommendation letters. The GRE general exam is required, so it is important to prepare and take the exam before the application deadline.
It is competitive to get in. In recent years we've had 60 or more applicants for three first-year slots. Once here, however, we encourage collaboration and cooperation rather than competition among students.
Any assistantship funding you receive will require 20-22 hours per week of TA, RA, or other responsibilities. Many I-O graduate students also spend some time working in an organization to gain professional experience. We do encourage that; however, you should not commit more than 8-10 hours per week to internship responsibilities while you're taking classes.
Most students admitted are likely to receive graduate assistantships. Departmental graduate assistantships carry stipends around $30,000 per academic year and full tuition waivers. Assistantships granted to first year students are renewable for up to five years with acceptable progress in the program.
For most entering I-O students, the Fall Quarter of Year 1 includes PSY404 -Learning and Cognition, PSY410 - Advanced Statistics I, and PSY 448 - Concepts, Methods, and Ethics in I-O Psychology.