The philosophy of the program is to provide the knowledge and skills required to analyze, understand and solve a wide variety of behavioral problems that occur in organizations. The program is based on the scientist-practitioner model, preparing students for future employment in industry, as well as training at the doctoral level. The curriculum includes extensive training in quantitative methods and theory, behavioral measurement and theory, professional affairs, research, and practice. Research experience is directed at conceptualizing and solving applied organizational problems. Required practica are oriented toward giving students applied, realistic skills and experiences to develop viable and effective performance in an organizational context.
SIUE’s I/O program offers a rare blend of the scientist-practitioner model, requiring students to complete both a research-based thesis and several required field hours of practicum. All required classes incorporate this mix of research and application. Further, SIUE’s location as part of a major metropolitan area offers the opportunity for professional endeavors and networking, balanced by a quiet, rural environment conducive to study.
Most graduates of the program leave with a master’s degree and go to work immediately in a corporate setting, either in a human resources department, organizational development/training department or management consulting organization. Some students pursue doctoral study.
Please visit our Application Information page for admission requirements and procedures.