Program Overview

We invite you to explore this website to discover all of the exciting opportunities that the University of Houston’s Graduate Program in Industrial Organizational (I/O) Psychology has to offer. Our program has a long and varied history in preparing students for careers in academia, research institutions, consulting, and industry since 1950. We pride ourselves on providing a strong background in the most advanced quantitative methods as well as in core I/O content areas. Additionally, our students are welcome in graduate courses in the UH Business School, and their faculty often serve as members of thesis and dissertation committees. Students also may take courses at Rice University through the inter-university exchange program.

Students are required to become involved with faculty research efforts, as well as to engage in additional independent research projects. Our faculty members specialize in a wide range of I/O topics, including performance, diversity, counter-productive work behavior, training, employee surveys, personality, and legal issues. Students are engaged in research at all levels of graduate training and take increasing responsibilities as time progresses. This emphasis on research helps to develop the analytical thinking skills of students, preparing them for a variety of career paths.

Near the conclusion of a student's coursework (normally following the second year), a comprehensive written examination must be successfully passed. The third, fourth, and fifth years are then primarily devoted to research, an internship, and dissertation work.

We hope that you strongly consider applying to our program. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact the coordinator of academic affairs, Ms. Patti Tolar ( or our I/O program director, Dr. Alan Witt (