Walden University

PhD in Industrial & Organizational Psychology - (BS Entry) - General Practice


100 Washington Avenue South Ste. 900

Minneapolis, MN 55401

United States



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Degrees Offered:

PhD in Industrial & Organizational Psychology - (BS Entry) - General Practice

Format: Online

Program Description:

Become a catalyst for change in the workplace as you explore the intricate relationships between human behavior and organizational success in one of the first online doctoral programs in I/O psychology.

With demand for I/O psychologists expected to grow by 8% between 2016 and 2026,1 Walden’s online PhD in I/O Psychology program can provide you with the knowledge and credentials you need to lead change in tomorrow’s global workplaces. Through coursework focused on theories and principles grounded in scientific research, you can hone your understanding of employee and organizational behavior as you learn to apply best practices to assess organizational needs, create more synergistic workplaces, and improve employee performance and productivity.

Why Earn Your PhD in I/O Psychology From Walden?

As a student, you can:

  • Automatically waive six courses if you have earned a master’s degree in I/O psychology, shortening your journey to a PhD.
  • Choose from five specializations developed to align with the demands of the workforce.
  • Learn from a curriculum designed according to the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
  • Prepare to sit for the Board Certified Coach Examination by choosing the Evidence-Based Coaching specialization.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

1. Explain behavior using current theory and research in I/O psychology. 

2. Discuss the history of industrial and organizational psychology, how the specialty of I/O psychology is unique, and how to develop an I/O psychology identity.

3. Critically examine how key industrial and organizational issues impact organizations (i.e., issues such as selection, performance management, performance measurement, job analysis, individual behavior, leadership, motivation, organizational culture, work teams, and/or job attitudes).

4. Correctly utilize principles of basic and advanced research methods to produce independent scholarly research.

5. Evaluate research in the area of industrial and organizational psychology. 

6. Develop empirically-based organizational intervention practices. 

7. Evaluate the effectiveness of organizational interventions.

8. Use ethical research and intervention practices.

9. Evaluate the influence of diverse populations on individual, group, and organizational behavior. 

10. Apply principles of industrial and organizational psychology to scholarly and/or professional activities to promote lifelong learning. 

11. Engage in research practices that result in positive social change.

Designed for students interested in careers in such areas as organizational consulting, organizational development, academia, training and development, talent management, research, or business and consulting, this doctoral specialization provides the advanced research skills, theoretical knowledge, and advanced expertise required to conduct research, teach in higher education settings, or help diverse organizations improve workplace and workforce productivity. Focusing on organizational behavior in the workplace, you will explore employee assessment and recruitment practices, job attitudes, workplace motivation, team building, job performance measurement systems, and advanced topics in personnel psychology such as competency modeling and talent management.

Through the doctoral dissertation, you will have the opportunity to research an area of specific interest and contribute to the body of knowledge in the field.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

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