Masters degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology

January 9, 2019

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Purdue’s Industrial and Organizational (I-O) psychology program is among the oldest in the world, conferring its first degree in 1939. The program has graduated more PhDs, and produced more SIOP Fellows, than any other I-O program, and is among the top ranked programs in the nation. For over 50 years, the Industrial and Organizational (I-O) psychology program at Purdue University has enjoyed an excellent reputation. When I-O psychologists have been surveyed about the quality of graduate programs, Purdue has always ranked among the top programs. In a recent Gourman report rating graduate schools in I-O Psychology, and in a recent ranking of research productivity of I-O programs based on the top 10 I-O journals in The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, Purdue was ranked among the top 5 I-O Programs in the nation.

The graduate program in I-O Psychology is primarily a Ph.D. program. Training in this program is research-oriented. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in faculty research and eventually to formulate and direct their own individual research projects. Teaching experience is also provided for most students during their graduate program. Many students enter the Ph.D. program with the bachelor's degree, although some enter with a Master's degree. Graduate students are admitted to work with one of the primary I-O faculty members who serves as their major professor. The current faculty have a wide range of research interests, many of which center around the psychological experiences of people at work.

More information on the Purdue I-O program can be found here. Undergraduate students interested in I-O Psychology, and employers interested in sponsoring internships and co-ops, please click here.

The United Nations Global Compact

The Purdue I-O Psychology program is proud to have worked with the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) United Nations Committee to become the first I-O program to become a UN Global Compact participant (and to include our materials in SIOP’s Global Compact Application Toolkit. We have pledged to give emphasis in our courses and other program activities to topics and issues relevant to the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, which center around organizations’ responsibilities relevant to human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption.

Recent I-O Psychology Graduates

Many prominent I-O Psychologists received their PhD from Purdue. Purdue I-O Psychology alumni are lifetime members of PAGSIP (Purdue Association of Graduate Students in Industrial Psychology). Below is a list of our most recent graduates and their current positions. Please see the PAGSIP page for more information about this Purdue graduate student and alumni organization.


  • Lauren Kuykendall, Assistant Professor, George Mason University
  • Meghan Thornton, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio


  • Kelly Scherer, Consultant, Vantage Leadership Consulting


  • Mahima Saxena, Assistant Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology


  • Stefanie Plemmons, Research Psychologist, U.S. Army Research Institute


  • Michael Baysinger, Senior Scientist, Kronos, Inc.
  • Dina Krasikova, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Donald Lustenberger, Consultant, Development Dimensions International, Inc.


  • Irini Kokkinou, Professor, Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Jane Wu, Managing Consultant, IBM/Kenexa


  • Rustin Meyer, Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Lisa Schultz Teeter, Adjunct faculty, University of Phoenix


  • Eric Welch, Head, Talent Management and Organizational Development, NATO


  • Silvia Bonaccio, Ian Telfer Professor of Workplace Psychology, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa

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