Industrial and Organizational Psychology

About our Program


To promote state-of-the-art data-based decision making about people in organizations. To create a program and work environment that is a great place to work and the envy of our peers. We will do this by recruiting, training, and placing world-class scientist-practitioners of Industrial/Organizational Psychology with nationally recognized coursework, field experiences, and externally funded applied research programs.


Industrial/Organizational Psychology (IO) programs are concerned with the world of work. People spend half their waking hours at work seeking a sense of accomplishment and achievement. Societies depend on their citizens and organizations for productive activity. IO psychologists deal with both broad sets of concerns in a context of social and technical change.

At North Carolina State University, the entire Department of Psychology has adopted the scientist-practitioner model of graduate education. The IO program follows the Guidelines for Education and Training at the Doctoral Level in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, adopted in 1982 by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Division 14. Education and training is provided in the traditional IO areas: work motivation, personnel research, selection, placement, leadership, organizational theory and development, job analysis, statistics, training, attitude theory and psychological measurement.

We actively engage in the practice of IO Psychology and encourage our students to do so as well. See the Partners link for a list of organizations for which NCSU faculty and students have provided consultation or products.