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2022/2023 University Catalog 
2022/2023 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, Applied Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Specialization, M.S.

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(SIMS Code: 778311) (SIMS Code: 778304)

In addition to meeting the basic requirements for the master’s degree as described in Requirements for Master’s Degrees , the student must complete a graduate program of at least 30 units (36-38 units for the Master of Science degree). Only classified graduate students are permitted to enroll in any 600-numbered (or higher) courses in psychology. The departmental graduate adviser must approve all programs of study except the Master of Science in clinical psychology. For the Master of Science in clinical psychology, departmental approval is provided by the program director of the joint doctoral program.

PSY 670A -PSY 670B  or PSY 770A -PSY 770B  are required in all master’s degree programs in the Department of Psychology. In addition, for all degrees other than the Master of Science in clinical psychology, PSY 600 - Research Orientation , PSY 799A - Thesis , and an oral examination on the thesis are also required.

Advancement to Candidacy

The student must satisfy the general requirements for advancement to candidacy as stated in Requirements for Master’s Degrees . Having obtained three grades of C or lower in graduate courses automatically precludes advancement to candidacy.

In addition, students must have an approved thesis proposal prior to advancement to candidacy.

Industrial and Organizational Specialization

The specialization in industrial and organizational psychology prepares students to apply psychological knowledge to make decisions and solve problems in organizations. This specialization involves training in theory, research, and practice in industrial and organizational psychology. Although some graduates with a specialization in industrial and organizational psychology continue their studies in a Ph.D. program, most graduates work for corporations or consulting firms in positions involving the development, delivery, and evaluation of human resources interventions.

Three units of graduate electives may be selected from psychology or from other departments with prior approval of the master’s program adviser.

Specific requirements for students selecting the Industrial and Organizational specialization (SIMS Code: 778304) are: A minimum of 38 units, 35 of which must be completed in psychology, to include

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