Study Ranks I/O Psychology Program Fourth Nationally

Posted: July 22, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

According to a recent study published in the July issue of The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, George Mason’s master’s program in industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology is ranked fourth in the nation out of 98 programs. It is one of the first rankings conducted on master’s programs, as most previous studies have focused exclusively on doctoral training.

The two researchers from the University of Tulsa who conducted the study based the rankings on average satisfaction of current graduate students with regard to 20 aspects of their respective programs. Mason’s program was ranked second in a subgroup of items that reflected such things as quality of students, research quality by faculty, research opportunities for students, availability of educational resources, research interests of the faculty, and employability of students after graduation.

The master’s program’s prominent ranking is “due in large measure to its close association with our doctoral program in I/O psychology, which is ranked eighth nationally by U.S. News & World Report,” says Lou Buffardi, director of the program.

Students in the two programs are co-enrolled in virtually all the same courses over a two-year period, and some master’s students, along with all the doctoral students, participate extensively in faculty research groups. “This has contributed to the competitiveness of the applicant pool—130 students applied for 14 positions for this fall’s incoming class,” says Buffardi.

“This ranking is due to the collective contributions of Lou as the MA program director, Lois [Tetrick] as the current and Rich [Klimoski] as the former PhD program director, and the I/O faculty,” says Bob Smith, Psychology Department chair.

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