Prospective Graduate Student Information

Prospective Graduate Student Information

Interested in graduate study in I/O or Social psychology at NIU?

General Program Information: The Social and Industrial/Organizational Psychology Graduate program offers a full-time, research-based Ph.D. program grounded in the theories and empirical literature of Social and Industrial/Organizational Psychology with rigorous training in statistics and methodology. Our program enables students to focus on either Social Psychology or I/O Psychology while receiving exposure to both disciplines. Students are also encouraged to work with multiple faculty members on research, which may span both specializations. More information about admissions, courses and requirements, faculty, and contact information can be found here.

If you’d like to learn more about the general admissions process, funding, internships, or scheduling a visit as a prospective graduate student, please contact our area coordinator (Dr. Skowronski) for more details.

Also, please see the following helpful resources about applying to graduate school and training in I/O psychology:

I/O Graduate School Series (Blog hosted by Dr. Landers at Old Dominion University)

Resources for Potential I/O Students (hosted by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology)

So, You Wanna Go to Grad School? (from the Association for Psychological Science: Observer)

Applying to a Graduate Program (from the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology)

The Don'ts of Grad School Applications (from the American Psychological Association)

Insiders Offer Tips on Ways to Stand Out from the Pool of Graduate School Applications (from the American Psychological Association)

Joining the OHS Laboratory: Although Dr. Barber's training emphasis and interests are in Industrial/Organizational psychology, applicants in both disciplines (Social and Industrial/Organizational) are welcome to join the OHS laboratory. Graduate students in the lab work closely with Dr. Barber on multiple research projects and have an active mentorship role in helping undergraduate student develop research skills and knowledge in the lab topic areas. In addition to helping design and conduct new studies, graduate students have access to ongoing projects and datasets that provide the opportunity to work on presentations and publications within their first year (including primary authorship). If you’d like to learn more about research and mentorship in the OHS laboratory (including availability of positions), please contact Dr. Barber directly.