Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What do I/O Psychology graduates normally do?
Typically, I/O psychology graduates work in the field of human resources, training and development, research, academics, organizational development, consulting, and recruiting. I/O psychology graduates are equipped to work in most industries including business, government, social service, or education. Some I/O psychology graduates go on to earn their doctoral degree with a specialization in a particular research area.
What is the difference between a thesis and a research project?
Thesis and research projects may be quantitative (a statistical examination of a topic within the field of I/O psychology), qualitative (an examination of trends or common issues relating to a topic within a field of I/O psychology), or a multi-method (combination of quantitative and qualitative methods). The APA format is followed for both the thesis and research project options.
Students who choose the thesis option typically take approximately three semesters to complete. The course work involved in the process includes Foundations and Methods of Research, Educational and Psychological Statistics, Proposal Design, and Thesis. Students who choose the Thesis option will have a thesis committee and oral defense of the topic, similar to the dissertation process. It should be noted that the actual document produced is the same for both the thesis and research project.
Students who choose the research project option take approximately three semesters to complete. The coursework involved in the process includes Foundations and Methods of Research, Educational and Psychological Statistics, Proposal Design, and Research Project in Psychology. Students may present their topics at conferences or other educational opportunities. This option is generally preferred by those students who intend to pursue a professional career immediately after graduation.
What are the typical salaries of I/O professional?
I/O salaries vary widely according to the type of job and organization. In a 2009 Income and Employment Survey by Khanna and Medsker, the median primary income reported for individuals with a Master's degree was $74,500 compared to individuals with a doctoral degree was $105,000.
Can I visit the campus?
Individuals interested in the program are encouraged to visit the campus, speak with students, and meet the program director at any time. They may also choose to sit in on a class to get a more realistic view of what the program course content involves. To meet with Director of the I/O Program at Springfield College, Michael Surrette, Ph.D., please call (413)748-3091, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When is the application deadline for the program?
To maintain our flexibility and meet the needs of working professionals the I/O program at Springfield College does not have an official application deadline. Applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply early if they have a need to compete for any financial aid opportunities.
Can I start the program in the spring or summer semesters?
Students have the option of starting in the fall, spring, or summer semesters. The program is based on rolling admissions.
What is a Certificate of Advanced Study?
Students who have obtained a master's degree outside the field of I/O psychology may pursue a Certificate of Advanced Study in I/O Psychology. The emphasis in this program is on the enrichment and advancement of the student's preparation for work with an organization through research, supervised internships, independent study, and further course specialization.
Can I get a Ph.D. after receiving an Master of Science degree from this program?
There is not a doctoral program at Springfield College in the field of I/O psychology. Some students have gone on to receive a Ph.D. from various universities across the country. The focus of the I/O program is to prepare students to enter the workforce with a master's degree.
What are the living options on and off-campus?
The College encourages graduate students to live in on- and off-campus, College-owned housing in an effort to create a strong, vibrant campus community. Four types of graduate housing are available at Springfield College.
The Graduate Living Center contains six apartment suites for groups of four graduate students per suite. Each fully furnished suite has a private entrance; a kitchen/dining room; a cable-ready, common living room; two bathrooms; and four bedrooms with separate telephone hookups and voice mail. An adjacent building has a laundry room and a common room. These units blend the independence of apartment-style living with regard for economy (i.e., heat, electricity, hot water, local phone service, and maintenance are all included in the occupancy fee of $4,890 for the 2002-2003 academic year). A $200 deposit is required.
College-owned apartments are located within easy walking distance of the campus. Each offers two to four private bedrooms; a living room; kitchen; and bathroom. The apartments are furnished with beds, desks, dressers, chairs, sofas, and appliances. Laundry facilities are also available nearby. The rent for the academic year includes heat and utilities. Students wishing to rent these units for the academic year are required to sign a nine-month or twelve-month lease and to pay a $200 deposit. Applications for graduate housing are processed thorough the Office of Residence Life and assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis.
Are there graduate associateship or assistantships available?
There are a number of associateships and assistantships available throughout the Springfield College community. Various departments offer graduate students the opportunity to lessen the “financial burden” of their graduate experience by providing the opportunity to work for a department or program. Associateships are typically 12 to 24 credits with a stipend. For the I/O Psychology program there is a 12 credit graduate associateship offered. The candidate is typically a second year student with experience in recruiting, research, and project management. The candidate works 20 hours per week for the Director of the program performing various duties including all facets of recruiting, organizing events for the program, completing ongoing projects, clerical and office work, and acting as a liaison for the program.
There are also an abundance of assistantships available on campus which are paid. These are work-study campus jobs within departments and administrative buildings.
What would I do for my fieldwork/internship?
Students in the program have done internships in a variety of settings throughout the New England area. The program has established links with area businesses and have successfully placed interns in positions in the areas of: human resources, training and development, recruitment, career development, organizational development, project management, consulting, research, academics, health and safety, and sales. Students complete internships in a wide variety of organizations, from amusement parks to large financial institutions and manufacturing giants.
How long will it take me to finish the program?
Full-time students can complete the I/O master's program in four semesters. Students who take advantage of our summer courses can finish the program in one and a half years. Part-time students, depending on their availability have finished the program in 2.5 to 3.5 years.