PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Clemson I-O Psychology Students Presenting at SIOP 2009

The Department of Psychology at Clemson University offers a 4-5 year Doctorate program in Industrial & Organizational Psychology, training research scientists and teachers for academic and industrial settings. This program is designed to provide the student with the requisite theoretical foundations, skills in quantitative techniques and research design, and practical problem-solving skills to address human problems related to work.

See a current list of publications and presentations co-authored by students

The Ph.D. program is based on the scientist-practitioner model, following the guidelines for doctoral programs issued by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). We try to maintain a balance between the industrial and organizational sides of the field and between research and applications.

See a list of current I/O research being carried out in the Department.

To learn more about I/O psychology, please visit this page.

Rebekkah Wills presenting her Master's Thesis poster at the 2009 SIOP conference

The Industrial & Organizational doctorate program meets the educational guidelines established by SIOP. Students typically obtain a Master’s degree as part of the Ph.D. program and are thus required to satisfy the master’s program requirements prior to receiving their doctorate. In addition to the required core content courses, the doctoral program includes at least one course from each of four major areas of psychology (biological, cognitive-affective, social, individual differences).

In addition, 18 hours of dissertation research are required. Students are admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree upon successful completion of a qualifying examination. Additionally our doctoral students complete internships at local and regional businesses and industries.

Applicants to this programs should have an undergraduate degree with a major in psychology or a related field from an accredited college or university, or have a minimum of 15 semester hours in psychology beyond the introductory psychology survey course, or have a Master’s degree with a major in psychology or a related field from an accredited college or university.