Program Training

  • The Purdue PhD program is research oriented and we are most interested in students who desire to pursue an academic career after graduation.
  • We are committed to strong training through coursework. Required courses are relatively few and students usually finish all their course work by the end of their third year. Students are however encouraged to take courses or other seminars that align with their research interests.
  • Students are admitted to work with a particular faculty member with whom they share research interests.  This faculty member serves as the student’s major professor and will work quite closely with the student. As a student grows in knowledge and expertise, they are encouraged to collaborate with different faculty to develop their own unique stream/blend of research.
  • We typically have a small student-to-faculty ratio to ensure that students are mentored for success. We believe in enabling each student to reach their potential and we are fully committed to ensure students thrive in our program.
  • The Purdue I-O program has access to a breadth of intellectual resources. We are housed in a strong psychology department and the I-O faculty frequently collaborate with faculty in the social, cognitive, and clinical areas. Further, we have close ties to the Krannert School of Management. We collaborate on research projects and often hold joint seminars and colloquia.

Program Admissions & Funding

  • Admissions process is highly competitive. We typically receive upwards of 100 applications and admit only a few students.
  • GRE scores: We look for high score in both verbal and quantitative ability. Graduate students should also have strong analytic writing scores as research writing is highly valued.
  • GPA: Admitted students usually have GPAs between 3.5 and 4.0 although sometimes the overall GPA is lower due to change in major or other circumstances. The average undergraduate GPA of our current students is 3.64.
  • Past research experience: We are particularly interested in students who have undergraduate or post-undergraduate research experience. We also consider students who have an MA/MS degree in I-O psychology or an allied field favorably.
  • Alignment of interests: We look closely at the statement of interest to see if there is good alignment of research interests between students and faculty members. Interested students are encouraged to contact faculty members with whom they are interested in working.
  • Funding: All graduate students are admitted with funding. An admitted student will typically work as a graduate teaching assistant (TA) for 20 hours per week during the academic year. A TA will receive a nine month stipend and tuition waiver. Additionally, students may receive funding during summers if they obtain a TA position or if they are employed as a research assistant (RA). All graduate students will have guaranteed funding for five years provided they are making good progress toward their PhD. Several other sources of funding are available throughout a student's program, including:

    - Research assistantships
    - Quantitative training funds
    - Tiffin and Lawshe awards and fellowships that support thesis and dissertation research
    - Andrews/Ross Fellowships for new students
    - Funds from the Purdue Research Foundation
    - Teaching assistant and graduate instructor awards
    - Conference travel support
    - Doctoral consortia support

How to Apply

For information about applying to the Industrial-Organizational program at Purdue University, click here. Also, here are some resources and recommendations from Purdue I-O Faculty for those preparing for grad school in I-O Psychology.


Required Courses

  • Survey of Industrial Psychology (680A)
  • Survey of Organizational Psychology (680B)
  • 2 statistics courses (either PSY 600/601 or PSY 631/646 or STAT 512/514 or STAT 511 with STAT 512 or 514)
  • 2 research methods courses (681A/681B)
  • 3 courses outside the area (e.g. Survey of Social Psychology, Stereotyping and Prejudice, Psychology and the Law)
  • I-O Psychology Graduate Seminars - must take at least 2 (e.g. Work Motivation, Attitudes, Assessment Center Methods, Individual Assessment, Legal Issues in I-O Psychology)

Additional Relevant Courses

  • Multivariate Statistics (MGMT 677)
  • Item Response Theory (EDPS 636)
  • Psychometric Theory and Application (EDPS 635)
  • Structural Equation Modeling (PSY 674 or HDFS 628)
  • Leadership (OBHR 662)
  • Group Processes and Performance (PSY 647)
  • Research in Human Resource Management (OBHR 684)
  • Group Processes and Social Influence (PSY 647)
  • Multivariate Analysis in Organizational Research (PSY 610)
  • Multilevel Modeling (PSY 646)

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