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OUR GRADUATE PROGRAM

As the study of people at work, industrial/organizational psychology is a science dedicated to many of the attitudes, cognitions, and behaviours employees and employers encounter on a daily basis. Our I/O program reflects both the academic excellence of psychology and the practical application of our research and knowledge into the world of work. This scientist-practitioner model ensures graduates of our program are provided world-class training in the development and advancement of scientific principles and their resulting practical applications for organizational success and individual well-being.

 

For more information on how to apply, click here.

 

The I/O program is designed for students intending to pursue both the MSc and PhD degrees. We offer courses in a variety of topics, from performance appraisal and management in organizations to the study and use of teams in the workplace. We also encourage students to develop their research skills and knowledge with a range of statistical courses available.

 

For more information on the exact program requirements for MSc and PhD students, click here

 

Given our focus on more than just academic success, there are also a number of opportunities for students to become involved in both the teaching and application of I/O psychology. All students are given funding through our Graduate Student Union, which involves working as a teaching assistant.

 

For more information on the standard funding package, click here

 

Upper year students are also eligible to apply to instruct undergraduate introductory industrial/organizational courses. In addition to teaching experience, our students are encouraged to participate in internships that allow them to develop their skills in the practical side of psychology. Many of our upper year graduate students pursue internships both within and beyond London, gaining experience in areas such as problem-guided research, consulting, and selection report writing.

 

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HOW TO APPLY

To apply to our I/O program, applicants must meet a few basic requirements, as well as complete an online application. These basic requirements include a four-year degree from a university, an average of at least 78% in the last two years of undergraduate education, and proof of English language proficiency if English is not your first language. Applicants must also complete the Graduate Record Exam and submit their scores with their application. These scores must be in for an application to be considered complete.

 

The online application consists of a number of sections that will review your personal and contact information, outline your academic history, and ask for information for two references who can speak to your academic or research proficiency. You may also submit an electronic copy of your transcript using the online application.

 

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MSc & PhD REQUIREMENTS

Many of the students enrolled in our program complete both their master’s and doctoral degrees. Courses begin in the first year of the master’s degree and continue into the first year of the doctoral degree. Below are the required components for achieving a MSc and a PhD degree.

 

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MSc REQUIREMENTS

Master’s programs typically take students two years to complete. A full year statistics course is to be completed in the first year of the program. In addition, two substantive courses per year (one per fall and winter semester) are required for each of the two years of the program. In their second year, students defend their master’s thesis.

 

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PhD REQUIREMENTS

Doctoral programs typically take students four years to complete. Two substantive courses per year are required for the doctoral degree, however those who are progressing from their master’s degree may use two of the substantive courses from their master’s, requiring only two substantive courses total for their PhD degree. In addition to course work, first year doctoral students write a comprehensive exam, which covers industrial psychology, organizational psychology, methods and psychometric issues, and ethics. Finally, doctoral students must defend their dissertation. The dissertation is typically begun in the second year of the program, and consists of designing and defending a proposed research plan, conducting the research, and defending the full dissertation to a committee.

 

For more information on these requirements, including the full dissertation process, click here.

COURSE INFORMATION

Courses can be split in to three categories: core courses, statistics, and doctoral seminars. Typically, students take courses in their first three years in our full program: four courses during the two years of the master’s program and two courses in the first year of the doctoral program. For a master’s degree, all students are required to take four half term core courses and one full year statistics course. For a doctoral degree, all students are required to take four half term core courses and one half term doctoral seminar. Please note, if you are progressing from the master’s to the doctoral program, you need only take two core courses, typically taken in the first year of the PhD program. There are also a number of statistical courses that are open to upper year students.

 

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FUNDING INFORMATION

Students in the I/O program are generally guaranteed two sources of funding. The first is a research grant that generally covers student tuition costs. The second source of funding takes the form of graduate teaching assistantships, where graduate teaching assistants are paid monthly in exchange for ten hours per week of teaching assistantship hours. There are also a number of external sources of funding that students are expected to apply to.

 

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INTERNSHIPS

Internships are on-the-job research and consulting experiences for I/O graduate students. They provide I/O students with a preview into the practitioner career path, and are an important tool for gaining and developing practical skills. To supplement the training of students in our program, upper year graduate students are invited to participate in internships. The kinds of internships our students pursue, and the type of work they engage in, is decided by the student and the company they wish to intern for.

Although students may intern at a number of organizations, below are a few examples of our more popular partners:

Carswell Partners Inc.

Sigma Assessment Systems

 

For more information on internships, click here.