Walden University

PhD in Industrial & Organizational Psychology - (BS Entry) - Human Resource Management


100 Washington Avenue South Ste. 900

Minneapolis, MN 55401

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD in Industrial & Organizational Psychology - (BS Entry) - Human Resource Management

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.

In this specialization, you will enhance your scholarly and practical understanding of the relationship between industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology and human resource management (HRM) practices in today’s diverse workplaces.

Focusing on the synergies among business, HRM, and I/O psychology, you will examine how behavioral science theories, methods, and research findings influence effective HRM strategies. You will apply this specialized knowledge to help organizations select, place, and motivate employees; create training and development programs; evaluate employee performance; and manage organizational development and change.

Through your doctoral capstone, you will have opportunities to establish your expertise and contribute to this growing field through original research in an area that interests you. 


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