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  1. Jesse
    June 17, 2012

    Hi Richard,

    I am a sophomore psychology major at Cornell University who is seriously considering going on to a PhD in I/O. I stumbled on your blog yesterday and have already spent hours digging through everything. It has been a wonderful resource for a student at a school which, however great, lacks any I/O or applied psychology courses/faculty in its undergrad program. Thank you so much, and please keep it coming!

    In addition to praising you, however, I also wanted to ask a question/request a future addition to this blog series: what do you recommend undergrads interested in I/O do with their summers? Research? HR internships? Are there any specific opportunities you would recommend? Once again, thank you

  2. Richard N. Landers
    June 19, 2012

    @Jesse – I’m glad you’ve found this useful. For summers, it depends. For those pursuing a Master’s, internships are best. For you, since you intend on going for a Ph.D., anything that gets you research experience is best (an internship wouldn’t hurt, especially if you can’t find research opportunities, but research experience will help more).

    The closer to I/O you can get, the better, but it’s not really necessary to be I/O specifically. Cornell does have an Organizational Behavior program (http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/academics/ob.html), which is closely related to I/O, so I’d recommend contacting some folks over there and say you want to get some research experience with the intent of pursuing a Ph.D. One of them might have openings for research assistants, although most will expect you continue in the academic year (which is good). If none of them do, then any research experience in the psychology department is still a good idea.

  3. Chelsey
    June 17, 2014

    Hi Richard,

    Thank you for all the great information you have it is really helpful. I understand how online programs can be viewed inferior to brick and mortar degrees. Realistically though not everyone has the opportunity to go to a physical college with financial and family obligations. Online education is available for this reason and it shouldn’t be a deterrent from pursuing an education. In my circumstances there are only two I/O brick and mortar programs in Washington state, and I have two young kids at home. My question is if I cannot get accepted to either program is there an online program that is recognized in the industry. The schools I have researched so far are Colorado State university and Kansas State university. Both schools professors are the same for online and on campus. Kansas state has a two 2 week summer class of 6 credits each in the program that you attend on campus. The other school is the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, which I haven’t been able to research extensively yet.
    Originally I wanted to go to the University of Washington for a masters in social work, but after taking a class in I/O psychology I am more passionate about this field. The more important aspect is to get a valuable education for the money. I would hate to do an online program and then find it difficult to get a job based on my degree. Where going to the UW and working in Seattle a degree from there is highly marketable.

    • Richard N. Landers
      June 17, 2014

      Whether or not it is realistic or fair is unfortunately irrelevant – it is current reality. This may change in the coming years, but right now it is something you must face.

      There are no online programs generally accepted across the I/O community. As a result, I would recommend only online programs that are attached to existing brick-and-mortar programs. Colorado State, Kansas State, and University of Georgia are the only ones I’m familiar with, but the list is growing. I’ve heard mixed reviews of the Chicago School; I’d recommend contacting some current students and asking about their experiences.

  4. Chelsey
    June 17, 2014

    Thanks Richard,

    I wasn’t arguing for fairness, just looking for the best case advice for the situation. Thank you for your frankness, as other guidance has been so vague it’s misleading.

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