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Program Competencies

The M.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (MSIO) program at APSU follows the Guidelines for Education and Training at the Master's Level provided by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).These guidelines contain a series of competencies that reflect the knowldge, skills and abilities that students should develop as a result of completing this degree program. The program follows a scientist-practitioner model to prepare students to design, develop, implement, and evaluate psychological science-based organizational interventions.

The following competency labels are reproduced from the SIOP Education and Training Guidelines:

Areas of Competence to be Developed in Master's Level I-O Psychology Programs

This table lists the recommended areas of competence to be developed in students in master's level I-O programs. Competencies listed in section I may be obtained as part of the students psychological training at the undergraduate level. Competencies listed in section IV are optional.

I. Core Psychological Domains (may be acquired at the undergraduate level)  

      A. History and Systems of Psychology

      B. Fields of Psychology  

II. Data Collection and Analysis Skills

       A. Research Methods

       B. Statistical Methods/Data Analysis 

III. Core Industrial-Organizational Domains

A. Ethical, Legal, and Professional Contexts

B. Measurement of Individual Differences

C. Criterion Theory and Development

D. Job and Task Analysis

E. Employee Selection, Placement, and Classification

F. Performance Appraisal and Feedback

G. Training: Theory, Program Design, and Evaluation

H. Work Motivation

I. Attitude Theory

J. Small Group Theory and Process

K. Organization Theory

L. Organizational Development 

IV. Additional Industrial-Organizational Domains (educational experiences in these domains are considered desirable but not essential)  

     A. Career Development Theory

     B. Human Performance/Human Factors

     C. Consumer Behavior

D. Compensation and Benefits

E. Industrial and Labor Relations