Industrial - Organizational Psychology

Purdue’s Industrial and Organizational (I-O) psychology major is among the oldest in the world, conferring its first degree in 1939. The program has graduated more PhDs, and produced more SIOP Fellows, than any other I-O program, and is among the top ranked programs in the nation (Gourman report, TIP report).  We are primarily a Ph.D. program, and as such, training is heavily research-oriented. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in faculty research and eventually to formulate and direct their own individual research projects. Teaching experience is also provided for most students during their graduate program. Most students enter the Ph.D. program with the bachelor's degree, although some enter with master's degree. Graduate students are admitted to work with one of the primary I-O faculty members who serves as their major professor.  Graduate training is based on a science-practice model, where students are trained both as researchers as well as applied scientists equipped to work with organizations on human resource issues. The current faculty have a wide range of research interests, many of which center around the psychological experiences of people at work.

More information on the Purdue I-O program can be found here and here; and here are some resources and recommendations from Purdue I-O Faculty for those preparing for grad school in I-O Psychology. Alumni, please click here for the Purdue Association of Graduate Students in Industrial Psychology (PAGSIP) page. Undergraduate students interested in I-O Psychology, and employers interested in sponsoring internships and co-ops, please click here.

Graduate Faculty

Interviews with Purdue I-O Faculty

Affiliated Faculty


 I-O Faculty Aug 2020


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