Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology is the study of how people behave at work. More specifically, I-O psychologists are interested in such topics as: recruiting and hiring the best people, improving employee skills, developing performance appraisal and reward systems, ensuring fair workplace procedures, motivating employees, fostering team work, leadership, and employee well-being.
The Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology program at the University of Guelph is unique in Canada because of our balanced approach to graduate education. We highly value both the research and practice in our field, and as a result, our graduates are highly sought after by both academic and applied employers.
On the research side, we have faculty who are heavily involved in basic and applied research and our graduate students have a strong record of winning research and thesis awards. In short, our faculty and graduates are working to extend our understanding of psychological phenomena in the workplace and to use this knowledge to improve productivity and the quality of life at work. As well, the I-O program is delighted to be a Canadian partner in the ERASMUS MUNDUS - Masters in Work, Organizational, and Personnel Psychology program. This program allows for the exchange of MA and PhD students between partner universities (e.g., universities from France, Italy, Portugal, and Spain; see details here). On the practice side, our graduate students are able to benefit from skills-based course work and the opportunity to apply the skills they have learned in real consulting assignments with Organization & Management Solutions.
This balanced approach to education ensures that our graduates will make meaningful contributions to the science and practice of Industrial-Organizational Psychology. As well, it means that students value the program at Guelph. Indeed, we came second in graduate student ratings of North American I-O programs published by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).