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Program Level Student Competencies

The M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (I/O) program at APSU has adopted the Guidelines for Education and Training at the Master's Level  provided by the professional organization (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology- SIOP), Division 14 of the American Psychological Association (APA). These guidelines contain a series of Competencies and associated Competency Descriptions that reflects the Knowldge, Skills and Abilities that students should develop as a result of completing this degree program. The program adopts a scientist-practitioner approach and prepares students to design, develop, implement and evaluate psychology-based human resources interventions.

The following competency labels are reproduced from the SIOP website:

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



The Tennessee Board of Regents and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools have approved APSU’s Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology as an online degree program.