The Ph.D. program in I/O psychology at CUNY is jointly administered by Baruch College and The Graduate Center and is designed to prepare students for a wide range of career paths in academic, organizational, and consulting settings. Baruch College also offers a terminal M.S. degree and an executive M.S. degree, both in I/O psychology. Although I teach and am involved in all three programs, they are separate entities with separate admission processes and criteria.
Applications to the I/O psychology doctoral program are made through The Graduate Center here and are usually due December 1st of each year (double-check!) A list of admission prerequisites is available here for you to peruse.
I especially encourage women and people that identify with groups that have historically been excluded from academia (e.g., Black, Indigenous, and other people of color; people with disabilities; people that belong to the LGBTQIA+ community; first-gen students; students from low income families) to apply. As of Fall 2023, a 40% of doctoral students self-identify as BIPOC and roughly 70% of them self-identify as women.
The program uses a multiple mentorship model, therefore students are not constrained to work with only one faculty member and working in multiple labs is actually encouraged. This also means that all admission decisions are made collegially by the program faculty. If admitted, you may be assigned to work with me during your first year research assistantship if our research interests match, but I cannot unilaterally admit you into the program to work primarily with me.
What I Value
Personally, what I value beyond meeting prerequisites is:
Do you have research experience and are interestd in I/O research? A Ph.D. is a research degree but a similar set of basic skills are needed in both academia and industry, such as research design and data analysis/visualization.
Is there a good fit between what you want to do upon graduation and what our program can offer? Being miserable for five or six years of your life just to add Dr. before your name does not sound like the smartest idea ever. There are so many other things you could be doing in that timeframe that will bring you more joy.
Can you write clearly? Your personal statement reveals more than your interests and career goals, it provides a clear picture of your writing skills. Beyond basic grammar, spelling, and punctuation, it shows whether you can organize your thoughts logically, develop an engaging narrative, and support your arguments with high-quality evidence.
A list of frequently asked questions and answers related to our Ph.D. program can be found here.