UCF Psychology

Graduate

Graduate Degrees

Psychology at the University of Central Florida

The Department of Psychology offers Master’s degrees in Clinical and Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and three highly competitive doctoral programs (Ph.D.) in Applied Experimental and Human Factors, Clinical, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Students have the opportunity to work in a variety of research laboratories within the department, and research equipment ranges from computer graphics and image generation apparatus for visual flight and driving simulation to equipment used in study of information processing and human performance such as EEG and brainwaves.


M.A. Program in Clinical Psychology 

The Master of Arts degree program in clinical psychology is offered at the Sanford/Lake Mary campus (beginning fall 2013).  The program is designed to provide psychological training and preparation for students desiring to deliver clinical services through community agencies. After completing the program and a two-year postgraduate internship, graduates are eligible to become Licensed Mental Health Counselors and practice independently in the State of Florida following licensure.


M.S. Program in Industrial & Organizational Psychology 

The Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology is concerned with the application of psychological principles to organizations. Major areas of emphasis include selection and training of employees, applied theories of organizational behavior including models of motivation, job satisfaction, and productivity; test theory and construction; assessment center technology; statistics and experimental design and a variety of current topics. Industrial/Organizational graduates are involved in many issues of critical importance to society including fairness in the selection and treatment of employees, the creation of work environments that maximize the satisfaction and productivity of employees, and the study of technological influences on, human performance.


Ph.D. Program in Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology 

The Ph.D. track in Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology trains students to design, conduct, and apply human factors research in a variety of professional settings. Major areas of emphasis include selection and training of employees, applied theories of organizational behavior including models of motivation, job satisfaction, and productivity; test theory and construction; assessment center technology; statistics and experimental design and a variety of current topics. Industrial/Organizational graduates are involved in many issues of critical importance to society including fairness in the selection and treatment of employees, the creation of work environments that maximize the satisfaction and productivity of employees, and the study of technological influences on, human performance.


Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology 

Consistent with the scientist-practitioner model, the program educates and trains its students “to generate and integrate scientific and professional knowledge, attitudes and skills so as to further psychological science, the professional practice of psychology, and human welfare. The graduate of this training model is capable of functioning as an investigator and as a practitioner, and may function as either or both, consistent with the highest standards in psychology” (National Conference on the Education and Training of Scientist-Practitioners for the Professional Practice of Psychology, 1990, pp. 7-8). Students also receive specific training in university level classroom instruction/instructional technology and clinical supervision, consistent with the role of clinical psychologists in the 21st century.


Ph.D. Program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology 

The Ph.D. track in Industrial and Organizational Psychology provides students with training that is consistent with the scientist-practitioner model. As a result of this training students will be prepared to pursue rewarding careers in either academia (university-based teaching and research) or industry (e.g., consulting). I&O students receive training in work motivation theory, organization theory, organizational development theory, attitude theory, career development theory, decision making, human performance/human factors, assessment of individual differences, small group theory, performance appraisal and feedback, criterion theory and development, personnel selection, placement, and classification, research methods, statistical methods, job and task analysis, individual assessment, and training theory, program design and evaluation.