Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program - M.S. in Personnel and Human Resources Development
In IIT's M.S. program in Personnel and Human Resources Development (PHRD), you will learn the skills necessary to advance in the rapidly changing and growing areas of management consulting, human resource management, and industrial relations.
The core courses in this flexible, practical, people-focused program will provide you with a brad understanding of human relations in the workplace through theory and practice. At the same time, electives in industrial/organizational psychology, vocational rehabilitation, public administration, law and business allow you to customize the degree to your interests and needs. You will learn to apply this training to the "real world" in the internship component of the degree. (Recent placements include Wonderlic, Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Motorola, Inc., and Chicago Exchange.)
You will also have the opportunity to:
- Develop an understanding of human and labor relations in the workplace.
- Learn how to manage change and promote productivity.
- Gain knowledge about leadership cultivation.
- Use statistical methods to make sound decisions and evaluate effectiveness.
- Learn critical human resources content area, such as compensation and benefits, and performance management.
The PHRD program is unusual among master's programs in that all of your classes will be taken with our Ph.D. students. This means that you will be taking part in a challenging, exciting, and comprehensive Ph.D.-quality classroom experience as a master's student. This will give you skills and experience that less rigorous programs cannot provide. The PHRD program is set up in this way to maximize the benefits to you and because we believe you are capable of achieving such high levels of work.
Required courses and typical program of study
Typical Program of Study (PDF)
Forms for Current Students
Eligibility for the Program
The College of Psychology accepts applications for Fall entrance only. Applications and supporting documents must be received by February 15. Minimum requirements for admission include:
- Bachelor's degree with 18 hours of psychology course work including experimental psychology and statistics
- Minimum GPA 3.0
- Minimum GRE (verbal + quantitative) 1000 (writing) 3.0
- Letters of recommendation (3, 2 of which are from academics)
- Professional statement
- Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
All applications are evaluated on the basis of such factors as GPA, GRE, recommendations, and the professional statement. For applicants accepted in 2006, the mean GRE was 1160 and the mean GPA was 3.63.