The NKU Department of Psychological Science Master's degree in Industrial- Organizational Psychology is designed to meet the core knowledge requirements of the discipline while providing students the flexibility of customizing their individual programs to suit their needs and interests and exploiting available learning opportunities in the community.
The curriculum is oriented toward practitioner development, emphasizing content issues and applied research over basic research skills. Students in the program receive a solid foundation in theories, methods, and research findings. Special attention is placed on accommodating the needs of part-time students. Classes are scheduled during evening hours.
Students who complete the program are prepared to pursue careers in human resources, management consulting, program evaluation, and market research. The MSIO Program has an advisory board that includes I/O practitioners and Human Resource Executives from a variety of organizations and industries in the greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. The primary role of the board is to ensure the realistic and relevant nature of our curriculum and to provide a primary connection to the community.
The Department of Psychological Science receives funding for one Graduate Assistantship (GA) each year through the Office of Graduate Programs. The duties of a Graduate Assistant include assisting IO faculty with research projects and supporting department faculty presenting undergraduate psychology courses.
Typically, a full-time GA works ten hours per week for 16 weeks in each fall and spring semester. In exchange for work as a GA, a graduate student receives a stipend and in-state tuition waiver for up to 5 credit hours per semester. Students awarded GAs must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above and be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours of graduate study. Graduate Assistantships are awarded for a period of one academic year, typically August through May.
Space for conducting independent study, group, class, practicum, or thesis research projects is available to graduate students on a reserved basis. One research suite is comprised of four rooms (office, two lab rooms with five computer work stations each and one lab room with ten computer work stations). Additional research space includes two rooms, one research lab containing eight networked Dell desktop and laptop computers, and an adjacent room suitable for completing printed or digital surveys via networked laptop computers. Because research laboratory space is shared by faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate honors students, rooms are reserved using a lab schedule in the Department main office.