Courses and Sequence
The master of arts in industrial/organizational psychology at Elmhurst requires the successful completion of 12 courses for a total of nine credits, or 36 semester hours.
One unit of credit equals four semester hours.
An in-depth overview of all areas of industrial psychology: ethical guidelines, case and statuary law, job analysis, selection, training, motivation and job satisfaction. Students analyze and design presentations of research reports, case studies and application readings.
An overview of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques for problem solving and decision making in I/O applications. Students will use Excel spreadsheet and SPSS software to gain familiarity with various univariate and multivariate statistics.
Introduces and demonstrates small group theory, research and practice. Emphasis is on improving students’ ability to interact in work groups through simulations of workplace situations. Topics to be covered include: group leadership, power, conformity, conflict resolution and group decision making.
A seminar on problem-solving research methods used in I/O psychology. Topics include: ethics in research, quasiexperimentation design, program evaluation, use of appropriate statistical method and workplace applications.
A study of the methods used to develop measures that evaluate the performance of individuals, groups and the overall productivity of organizations. Students will gain experience conducting job analyses and constructing performance appraisal measures.
An examination of the design, implementation and evaluation of effective training programs in organizations based on modern learning theory and principles of adult learning.
A survey of job selection procedures used to assess individuals for hiring, promotion and other employment decisions. Topics include decision theory and the lawful, ethical and professional basis of such procedures as interviews, ability tests, personality inventories and other less-structured methods.
An examination of classical test theory, measurement and standards of psychological testing that are the foundation for the ethical and professional assessment of individual difference. Topics include the application to the areas of employee selection, performance and training.
An examination of the determinants and consequences of job satisfaction, involvement, culture, commitment and other job-related attitudes. Students will study a variety of methods of measurement, including the development and use of questionnaires.
An examination of the structures and social systems of organizations through current theories and case studies. Topics include: organizational power and politics, organizational roles and norms, policy formation, and organizational justice, or the fair treatment of employees in organizations.
An examination of the theories, research, impact and practice of organizational change, particularly the effects of such changes on employees. Students will gain experience at formulating change strategies through work with case studies and research reports.
A study of the major theoretical areas of work motivation: need, cognitive and social learning. Emphasis is on the application of these theories to an increasingly diverse workforce.
And, choose from one of these three options:
Supervised fieldwork in an industrial/organizational work setting. Three alternatives are available to students: 1) internship in a new organization, 2) intern project in a current work setting, and 3) intern project with work brought to Elmhurst by I/O faculty. Topics and sites are to be developed with I/O faculty and submitted to the Department of Psychology for final approval. Upon completion of this component, students will submit a manuscript that conforms to department criteria for experiential component papers. Students must complete all four courses.
This course fulfills the final requirement of the graduate program. Students must engage in either an applied or research-oriented project in I/O psychology. The project may be a single project for the class, several team projects or individual projects. Students are expected to utilize the literature base from the coursework as well as seek out new information as needed. Students will study cases of problems in organizations and develop solutions based on science.
An independent research project conducted under the guidance of an I/O faculty member, with the approval of the departmental committee, and conforming to departmental criteria for thesis.
Elmhurst College reserves the right to modify courses, schedules and program format without advance notice to students.