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Industrial and Organizational Psychology Specialization

The Industrial/Organizational Specialization in Psychology is designed for Psychology majors interested in careers that apply psychological principles to the world of work. Our graduates work in a variety of areas such as benefits, training, recruiting, compensation, human resources, market research, sales, computer systems, teaching, school psychology, and health care management. The specialization retains the dual purpose of preparing undergraduates for advanced work in I/O Psychology and Human Resources (HR) graduate programs, while also providing them with business-oriented knowledge and skills to facilitate immediate entry into the workforce.

The I/O Specialization evolved from the I/O Track available to Psychology majors since 1991.  The track has achieved great success in its history as evidenced by enrollments and the accomplishments of its members.

Please contact the I/O coordinator, Dr. Jason Dahling, for more details.

I/O Specialization Handout

The I/O Specialization holds a credit transfer agreement with the Rutgers University that allows up to five TCNJ courses to be counted for the M.A. program in Human Resources Management. Please see the details of this Credit Transfer Agreement if you are interested in targeting this specific graduate program.

Faculty affiliated with the Industrial / Organizational Psychology Specialization:

  • Dr. Jason Dahling (Chair)
  • Dr. Jean Kirnan
  • Dr. John Ruscio

Industrial / Organizational Course Requirements

Methods Sequence (Taken in sequence)

  • PSY 101 – General Psychology
  • PSY 121 – Methods and Tools of Psychology
  • PSY 203 – Design and Statistical Analysis
  • PSY 299 – Research Seminar

Foundation Courses (Choose 3):

  • PSY 267 – Organizational Psychology
  • Other Foundation Courses (Choose 2)
    • PSY 212 – Biopsychology
    • PSY 213 – Learning and Memory
    • PSY 214 – Cognitive Psychology
    • PSY 215 – Social Psychology
    • PSY 217 – Psychological Disorders (formerly Abnormal Psychology)
    • PSY 219 – Clinical Psychology
    • PSY 220 – Development across the Lifespan

Specialized Courses (Choose 3):

  • PSY 364 – Industrial Psychology
  • Any experiential research course (PSY 390, PSY 393, PSY 394) or internship (PSY 397, PSY 399).
  • Any other Specialized Course (your advisor may be able to help you in making selections).

Psychology Required Elective (Choose 1)

  • Any additional Psychology course at the 200, 300, or 400-level of the curriculum.

Senior Experience (Choose 1)

  • PSY 419 – History and Systems of Psychology
  • PSY 470 – Senior Topics Study Group
  • PSY 487 – Senior Internship
  • PSY 492 – Senior Collaborative Research Course
  • PSY 493 – Senior Individual Study
  • PSY 494 – Psychology Thesis II

Additional Correlate Requirements (3 units)

  • Choose any 2 from these 0.5-unit courses offered in the School of Business:
    • FIN 201 – Fundamental Financial Methods
    • IST 201 – Introduction to Data & Information Science
    • MGT 201 – Management Principles & Practices
    • MKT 201 – Marketing Principles
  • Choose any 2 of the following courses below with advising. Most of these courses below (and FIN 201 above) have prerequisites. You’ll want to plan which of the courses are of interest above and align them with courses of interest below.
    • ACC 201 – Financial Accounting & Reporting
    • ECO 101 – Microeconomics
    • ECO 102 – Macroeconomics
    • FIN 239 – Personal Finance
    • IST 310 – Business Information Systems Technology
    • IST 320 – Database Management for Business
    • MGT 310 – Cross-Cultural Management
    • MGT 320 – Human Resource Management
    • MGT 345 – Compensation
    • BUS 325 – Employment Law
    • MGMT 337 – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workforce
    • BUS 375 – Innovation
    • BUS 385 – Business Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibility
    • MKT 371 – Professional Selling
    • MKT 380 – Advertising

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Students interested in I/O psychology should see Drs. Dahling, Kirnan or Ruscio for research opportunities and internship opportunities.

  • Dr. Dahling works with students conducting research on motivation and self-regulation at work, including applications to feedback, leadership, and emotions in the workplace. Students assist with many different facets of the research process, including literature reviews, data collection, data entry and management, and writing of reports.
  • Dr. Kirnan collaborates with students on a variety of projects including the development of personnel selection tools, prediction of early college success, analysis of commercial messages, and an investigation of “everyday” ethical dilemmas.
  • Dr. Ruscio works with taxometric analyses to differentiate categorical and dimensional data; Distinctions between science, pseudoscience, and myths of popular psychology; Techniques for generating and using multivariate comparison data sets; Citation-based indices of scholarly impact

Recent Research Projects:


  • Employee and Consumer Reactions to Organizational Expressions of Anti-Equality Messages toward LGBT Individuals
  • A Longitudinal Assessment of the Effects of Workplace Health Promotion Policies on Employee Exercise Behaviors and Well-Being
  • Regulatory Focus and Emotion Management in Customer Service Interactions


  • Development of Assessment Tools for PSY121 and PSY203
  • Impact of the Tail Waggin’ Tutor Program on Elementary Grade Reading
  • Developing Ethical Case Studies as Pedagogical Tools
  • Reliability and Cross-Validation of the PASS (Predictors of Academic Success of Students)


  • Generalizations and extensions of the probability of superiority effect size estimator
  • Confidence intervals for the probability of superiority effect size measure and the area under a receiver operating characteristic curve
  • Determining the number of factors to retain in an exploratory factor analysis using comparison data of known factorial structure
  • Variance heterogeneity in published psychological research: A review and a new index
  • Measuring scholarly impact using modern citation-based indices

Past Internships:

(Find current I/O psychology internships)

Syneos Health – Reporting Analytics Intern

Cape Resorts – HR Intern

NJ Transit – HR Intern

Church & Dwight Inc. – Campus Recruiting Coordinator Intern

Maxim Healthcare Staffing – Recruiting Agent

Genesis Biotechnology Group – HR Intern

Johnson & Johnson – Consumer Sales Co-Op

System Freight, Inc – HR Intern

PVH, Inc. – HR/Recruiting Intern

OneMedPlace – Research Analyst

Atlantic Health System – HR Intern

Mathematica Policy Research – HR Intern

Six Flags/Great Adventure – HR Intern

MTV Networks – HR Intern

Chanel, Inc. – HR Intern

Liz Claiborne, Inc. – HR Intern

Sesame Place – HR Intern

The Princeton-Blairstown Center – Program Evaluator

Philadelphia Zoo – Animal Training

Life Ties, Inc – HR Intern

MTV Networks: Nickelodeon – Research & Planning Intern

Wegmans Food Market – HR Intern

Campfire NJ – Data Analysis Intern

Nickelodeon – HR Intern

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Administrative Intern

CrisisChat – Project and Training Intern