Program Overview

At a Glance

  • Our program ranks 4th in research productivity (i.e., number of publications) and 2nd in presence at SIOP out of all I/O Ph.D. programs (Beiler, Zimmerman, Doerr, & Clark, 2014)
  • The program began in 2000 and has graduated 65 students (47% now work in academic/research positions, 53% now work in applied positions)
  • We have 30 current students

Degree Requirements

The doctoral program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology requires approximately four years of full-time study beyond the baccalaureate and approximately three years beyond the master’s. The first few years are devoted to course work and the final year to the doctoral dissertation. After completing all required course work students are required to pass a Candidacy Examination. This examination may be taken a maximum of three times. Failure to pass the examination on three occasions will result in the student being dropped from the program.

Click here to read about the program in the Graduate Catalog.


Training Emphasis:

The Education and Training Committee of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Division 14 of the American Psychological Association) prepared Guidelines for Education and Training at the Doctoral Level in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (hereafter called, “Guidelines”). The UCF Industrial and Organizational Psychology Ph.D. program is designed to train students according to these American Psychological Association-approved Guidelines.

The Guidelines follow the scientist-practitioner model and a competency-based approach. The Guidelines state that, “taking the scientist-practitioner model seriously means that doctoral education needs to focus on both the theory and application associated with all content areas” (p. 3). All students, regardless of whether they expect to pursue academic or applied careers, must be knowledgeable in theory, research methods, and the application of the content areas to applied practice. The competency areas to be trained include:

  1. Consulting and Business Skills
  2. Ethical, Legal, and Professional Context of I-O Psychology
  3. Fields of Psychology
  4. History and Systems of Psychology
  5. Research Methods
  6. Statistical Methods/Data Analysis
  7. Attitude Theory, Measurement, and Change
  8. Career Development
  9. Consumer Behavior
  10. Criterion Theory and Development
  11. Health and Stress in Organization
  12. Human Performance/Human Factors
  13. Individual Assessment
  14. Individual Differences
  15. Job Evaluation and Compensation
  16. Job/Task Analysis and Classification
  17. Judgment and Decision Making
  18. Leadership and Management
  19. Organization Development
  20. Organization Theory
  21. Performance Appraisal and Feedback
  22. Personnel Recruitment, Selection, and Placement
  23. Small Group Theory and Team Processes
  24. Training; Theory, Program Design, and Evaluation
  25. Work Motivation

Students should familiarize themselves with the description of each competency area as described on the SIOP website ( Students will develop knowledge and skill in these 25 competency areas through formal course work, internship, independent study, and research experiences.

Our program takes advantage of and builds upon a multitude of university and community partnerships consistent with the mission of UCF as a major urban university. There is also an infusion of diversity throughout the program that accurately reflects the surrounding society and can proactively respond to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse workforce. The program emphasizes cultural diversity by actively recruiting quality faculty and talented students with varied cultural backgrounds, as well as by offering courses that emphasize cross-cultural perspectives and considerations.


Program Goals:

Consistent with the Department’s Mission Statement, the doctoral program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s overall goals are to: (a) train and educate leaders in psychology at the doctoral level within the scientist-practitioner tradition; (b) expand and disseminate scientific knowledge about behavior at work through publications in scientific journals, conference presentations, and teaching; (c) strive to apply psychological principles to solve workplace problems and thus improve the quality of individuals’ work and non-work lives; and (d) produce psychologists who understand the ethics, principles and practice of psychology. Within our broad vision to become renowned scientist-practitioners, our program seeks to enhance scientific understanding of the following three areas: (a) training and team performance, (b) occupational health, and (c) human analytics, big data, and research methods. The overall goals of the training program are consistent with that of the Mission Statement of the Department, the College of Arts and Science, Graduate Studies, and the University.


Overview of Curriculum Goals:

The Industrial and Organizational Psychology Doctoral Program curriculum plan (a) provides extensive coverage of and a strong grounding in the substantive core areas of psychology, (b) develops a foundation of knowledge relevant to critical thinking, scientific methods, and data analysis, (c) develops general and specific competency areas specified by SIOP, (d) provides multiple opportunities for students to develop the necessary skills and ambition to generate new knowledge through ongoing research and scholarly activities, (e) develops a foundation of knowledge and requisite skills in career-relevant domains. The integration of science and practice is achieved in several ways. Students are actively engaged in ongoing activities related to research such as literature reviews, the design and implementation of empirical investigations, data collection and analysis, psychometric design and evaluation of measures, and program evaluation.



We have a diverse faculty and student body in the I/O Psychology Program. As of Fall 2019, the Ph.D. program has 31 students. 21 students are female, and 15 of the students are from diverse ethnic backgrounds (4 Hispanic, 2 African American, 7 Asian/Pacific Islander, 1 Hispanic/Alaskan Native/American Indian, 1 Asian/Hispanic). Four are international students, and 19 of our students did their undergraduate work outside of the state of Florida.


Internships and Employment

Internships and Employers of UCF Students and Graduates:


  1. Adaptive Assessment Services
  2. AlignMark
  3. Aptima, Inc.
  4. Army Research Institute
  5. Bank of America
  6. Booz Allan Hamilton
  7. Camber Corporation
  8. Capital One
  9. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  10. CHI Systems, Inc.
  11. CIC Planning Group, Inc.
  12. City of Jacksonville
  13. City of Lakeland
  14. City of Orlando
  15. Cognitive Performance Group
  16. CVS Caremark Corporation
  17. Deloitte
  18. Department of Defense
  19. Disney
  20. Educational Testing Services
  21. Exelon
  22. FedEx Management Partners
  23. Ford Motors
  24. General Dynamics
  25. Google
  26. IBM
  27. Institute for Simulation and Training
  28. JetBlue
  29. KAEGAN Corporation
  30. Kenexa
  31. K. Parks Consulting, Inc.
  32. Lockheed Martin
  33. Marriot Vacation Club
  34. Mountain States Employers Council
  35. Northeast Florida Education Consortium
  36. NASA
  38. Northrop Grumman
  39. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
  40. Orange County Sherriff’s Office
  41. Orlando Regional Hospital
  42. Orlando Utilities Commission
  43. Personnel Decisions, Inc.
  44. Publix
  45. RFK and Associates
  46. RSK
  47. Sears
  48. Siemens
  49. TalentKeepers
  50. The Travelers Companies
  51. Universal Studios
  52. U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
  53. U.S. Navy
  54. Walmart
  55. WLH Consulting
  56. Workforce Central Florida



  1. University of Akron, Department of Psychology
  2. Clemson University, Department of Psychology
  3. Florida Institute of Technology, College of Psychology
  4. Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Psychology
  5. Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
  6. Rutgers, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
  7. Ozyegin University, Department of Psychology
  8. Seattle Pacific University, Department of Psychology
  9. Quinnipiac University, School of Business
  10. University of North Texas at Dallas, Department of Business
  11. University of South Florida, Department of Psychology
  12. University of Texas at Arlington, Department of Psychology
  13. Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Medicine
  14. Hofstra University, Department of Psychology
  15. Roosevelt University, Department of Psychology