I-O Psychology grad program fourth in nation: U.S. News & World Report

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Bowling Green State University’s longstanding reputation in the area of Industrial and Organizational Psychology has once again earned it the number four position in U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 listing of best graduate programs in the discipline.

U.S. News lists Ph.D. programs ranked best by department chairs and senior faculty. BGSU’s program shares the honors with programs at Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University – University Park and the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

The goal of Bowling Green’s graduate program is to prepare students for careers as active contributors to the psychology of work.

“Our doctoral program in industrial-organizational psychology has a long tradition of excellence dating back to the 1960s,” said Dr. Michael Zickar, a professor and chair of the Department of Psychology. “We have a great set of faculty but it is our alumni who truly sell the program. Our Ph.D. students go on to be leading contributors in academia and in private industry. Some graduates work as managerial consultants who work with Fortune 500 companies, helping them develop training programs and improve hiring tools. Some work inside Fortune 500 companies, such as Avon and Procter & Gamble, working with future leaders of those companies.

“They get tenure track positions in prestigious schools such as the University of Georgia, University of Florida, and University of Connecticut. Bowling Green State University is viewed as an ‘Ivy League’ within industrial-organizational psychology.” 

In addition, BGSU’s online program in education was included in U.S. News’s inaugural “Honor Roll of Online Options.” To make the honor roll, a school needed to place in the top third of ranked schools in at least three of four areas. Indicators such as average undergraduate grade point average of new entrants, standardized test requirements and scores, faculty qualifications, online instruction practices, and technologies available were among those that factored into the rankings, according to the magazine.

To view the rankings, visit http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/edupdfs/index.htm.

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(Posted March 13, 2012 )