Should I take any specific courses to prepare me for grad school?

Students with a background in research methods, statistics, and related, basic areas of psychology (e.g., cognitive, social, personality) tend to be well-prepared for graduate studies.

Once admitted into the program, the following psychology “core” courses are required for all students, irrespective of their concentration.

1) Four of approximately six basic psychology courses (e.g., Cognitive Psychology, Human Abilities, Social Psychology, Personality Psychology, Biopsychology, etc)
2) Two basic statistics courses (ANOVA, Regression) and one research methods class
3) One professional problems/ethics course
4) One teaching practicum course

In addition, each area has its own set of course requirements. Information about these requirements can be found in the respective area descriptions. The I/O area, for example, requires the following courses in addition to the psychology core courses:

1) Completion of a three course specialty foundation sequence, comprised of

  • Overview of I/O Psychology
  • Industrial Psychology
  • Organizational Psychology

2) I/O graduate students are also strongly recommended to take at least three of the following classes during the advanced years of training:

  • Psychometric theory
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Psychological Testing
  • History and Systems

3) Additionally, advanced I/O graduate students are expected to take research seminars offered by faculty in areas such as cross-cultural psychology, teams, work motivation and emotion, and employee development.
4) I/O graduate students are also required to minor in quantitative measurements.