Industrial/Organizational Psychology


Degrees Offered


The Department of Psychology at Clemson University offers a 4-5 year Doctorate program in Industrial & Organizational Psychology. This program provides students with the requisite theoretical foundations, skills in quantitative techniques and research design, and practical problem-solving skills to address human problems related to work.

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 applied emphases. However, research is expected to be central to the student’s graduate training and experience.



More information can be found in this graduate handbook.


Program of Study

Detailed descriptions of program requirements and curriculum are available at

Please note that the program does not offer web-based or other distance learning options.  Also, please note that the program is not designed for students seeking training in clinical/counseling psychology or related fields.

Students typically obtain their master’s degrees as part of the Ph.D. program and are thus required to satisfy the applied psychology MS program requirements prior to receiving their doctorate.  After completion of the MS requirements, Ph.D. candidates must complete a comprehensive examination and successfully write and defend a dissertation. Additionally, our doctoral students complete internships at local/regional/national businesses and participate on one or more faculty research teams. Students generally complete the program in four or five years.

An optional specialization in Occupational Health Psychology is also offered as part of the program.


Students have access to several well-equipped laboratories, including facilities to study and conduct process-control simulation, task performance, psychophysiology, sleep research, perception and action, motion sciences, uncoupled motion simulation, human memory and perception, visual performance, driving simulation, usability testing, advanced reading technologies, personnel selection and performance appraisal, workplace training research, industrial-organizational research, social psychology, residential research, occupational stress simulation and cognitive aging as well as virtual reality, robotics and teleoperation facilities.


Faculty profiles and links to their individual web pages are available at

Our Students

Seventy percent of the students in this program are women, and 90 percent attend on a full-time basis.  


Application Information

The Department of Psychology considers an applicant’s background in psychology as part of the admissions process. All applicants to the Industrial-Organizational (IO) PhD program are expected to be able to demonstrate knowledge of behavioral research methods and statistical analysis, most commonly through relevant undergraduate coursework and/or research experience.  Applicants also are strongly encouraged to demonstrate some background in/familiarity with IO psychology and are expected to have basic knowledge of psychological theories and methods, but the IO program does not have specific psychology course credit expectations.

Applicants may apply at Applications should be received by January 15 for the following fall semester. Every required item in support of the application must be on file by that date. January admissions are not permitted. In addition to the standard graduate application, prospective students will need to provide the following as part of the application packet:

  • Verbal, quantitative, and analytical GRE scores (the GRE Psychology Subject test is NOT required)
  • Transcripts from the applicant’s undergraduate (and any graduate) institutions
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation describing the applicant’s academic potential (letters from professors are preferred but not required)
  • A 1-2 page statement describing why the student wants to go to graduate school in IO Psychology at Clemson. The statement should describe the student’s research interests and explain how those interests fit with the interests of the department faculty.
  • A resume (or academic-style vita) is recommended but not required.
  • Writing samples are not required but applicant’s may elect to include include them as supplemental material. 

Required Documents


Most PhD students in the department receive a research or teaching assistantship. The assistantships currently range from $12,000 to $16,000 for each nine-month academic year. Students receiving an assistantship also receive a significant reduction in tuition and fees. All applicants are automatically considered for assistantships, there is no separate application process.


Program Contact(s)

  • Teresa Sharpe
  • Office: 417 Brackett Hall
  • Phone: (864) 656-3211
  • Email:

Program Coordinator(s)