During the first year of CIRP, students will take core conceptual and methodological courses. During the second year, students will take some electives and the remaining core courses while devoting time to their theses. Further, during the second year students are encouraged to take part in an internship in a business setting relevant to one's primary interest (Consumer or I-O research). While students can complete the Program in two years, most elect to take at least an additional semester to complete the thesis and the 43 credits required for the Program.
The program requires satisfactory completion of a 43-credit-hour sequence.
Core A Core Content Requirements (16 credits)
And two of the following courses
Core B Methodological Requirements (12 credits)
Core C Research Requirements (4 credits)
Electives (11 credits), select from the following:
Other courses in Marketing, Operations Management and Business Statistics, Management and Labor Relations, Communication, and Psychology are possible for elective credit, subject to approval by the CIRP Faculty Committee.
Students may have two options in completing Consumer-Industrial Research Specialization requirements: (1) thesis option and (2) non-thesis option.
Students who choose the thesis option, shall submit a thesis proposal to a committee of faculty selected by the student and faculty advisor. With committee approval, the student carries out his or her research under the direction of the advisor.
Students who choose the non-thesis option, shall complete a research project with either PSY 590 or PSY 596 under the direction of the instructor of record for the course.