Industrial-Organizational Psychology Applicant Information
Applications for the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program are made through Saint Louis University's Graduate School, where you can obtain general information about the degree programs offered, as well as complete an online request for an application. The application deadline is January 1. Alternatively, you may write to the Graduate School to request an application:
Graduate Education Admission
Verhaegen Hall, Suite 117
3634 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63108
To learn more about the program's students, faculty, and current events, please take a look at the latest issue of Insights and Outlooks, a bi-annual newsletter of the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program at Saint Louis University.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How many students do you admit each year? We currently admit approximately four students per year.
- What criteria do you use to select applicants? We look at GPA and the student's objectives first. The minimum GPA of those we accept is approximately 3.2 in their junior-senior year in college, but most are higher. A student's personal statement and objectives are important to us. We also look at GRE scores. The minimum is 500 quantitative, and 500 verbal. Again, most are higher than the minimum. Because of the length of the doctoral program, it is important that we achieve a fit between the students and faculty.
- Do you offer a terminal masters degree? NO. Our program is structured to train people to the doctoral level. Our students earn a masters degree as part of the program (if they are admitted without one). The program is not designed for people to stop and be functioning professionals at the masters level. We recommend that those who wish to stop at the masters degree level enroll in a program that offers only a terminal masters degree.
- What is the job market like in Industrial-Organizational Psychology? Industrial-Organizational Psychology is a very popular and expanding field. Currently the overall job market is excellent (see the Placement section of this website for information on where our graduates are employed). The job market for academic positions is more competitive than for professional positions, as it is in all areas of psychology.
- What kind of financial assistance is available for students in your program? We offer a variety of assistantships and tuition support to applicants. Furthermore, the University offers competitive fellowships. All applicants to our program are automatically considered for financial assistance. Students in their 3rd, 4th and 5th years are typically on a practicum, an internship, or in a professional position in an organization. At any given point in time about 95% of our students receive some kind of financial assistance.
- If I start with my bachelors degree, how long will it take me to graduate? Time to completion varies a great deal, mostly due to the individual circumstances of each student. At a minimum, it will take 4 years to complete the Ph.D., and we have had a couple of recent graduates finish in that timeframe. Most students finish in 5-6 years, while some take even longer. Longer time frames are typically due to students finishing coursework and then working full time. Work often prolongs the process of finishing doctoral exams and the dissertation.
- Do you accept applicants who come with a masters degree? If so, how much of their prior work is accepted? We are as interested in applicants with a masters degree as those without one. We have had very good success with those who have entered the program with a masters degree. The amount of work that we accept is a matter of how much of what the applicant has already had is congruent with our requirements. For example, if the applicant completed a research masters thesis, then she or he would be exempt from that requirement in our program. The final determination of how much we accept from the prior Masters degree is determined on an individual basis.
- Do I have to do research as part of the program? Ours is a research-based doctoral program. Learning to value and conduct quality research is at the heart of the program. All students complete a masters thesis and a dissertation. Most students are involved in several research projects while in the program. Some of these are more theoretical research, some are more applied research. Many research projects result in publications in academic journals in I/O psychology, management, and related areas.
- Do students get involved in any practical experience? We feel that supervised applied experience is essential for good training in our program. While it is not required, most of our students take advantage of a vast network of professional connections that the program has built up in this region and complete practica (i.e., short term projects) and/or internships (a one year minimum commitment). In fact, many of our students have finished the program with 2 to 3 years of professional experience. This makes our graduates incredibly attractive to potential employers.
For other questions about the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program, please contact Dr. Richard Harvey at (314) 977-3678.