Human Resource Management

Automatically waive six courses* if you have earned a master’s degree in a related field**, shortening your journey to a PhD.

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.

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 114 quarter credits
    • Core Courses (78 cr.)
    • Specialization Courses (16 cr.)
    • Dissertation (minimum 20 cr.) 
  • PhD residencies (4 four-day sessions)

Walden students have 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 844-398-6089.

*IPSY 8252 Themes and Theories of Psychology, IPSY 8480 Psychology of Organizational Behavior IPSY 8214 Consulting for Organizational Change, RSCH 8110 Research Theory, Design, and Methods, RSCH 8210 Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis, IPSY 8202 Survey Research Methods

**Master’s Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology

Recommended Course Sequence (Full Time)

Quarter Course Code Course Credits
Quarter 1 Course Code IPSY 8004 Course Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology Credits (3 cr.)
Quarter 1 Course Code IPSY 8755 Course Leadership and Leader Development Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 2 Course Code IPSY 8480
or
PSYR 8752
Course Psychology of Organizational Behavior

Psychology of Organizational Behavior
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)
Quarter 2 Course Code IPSY 8214
or
PSYR 8214
Course Consulting for Organizational Change

Consulting for Organizational Change
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)
Quarter 3 Course Code IPSY 8706 Course Ethics and Standards of I/O Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 3 Course Code RSCH 8110I Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 4 Course Code IPSY 8552 Course Psychological Motivation at Work Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 4 Course Code RSCH 8210I Course Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 5 Course Code IPSY 8551 Course I/O Tests and Measurement Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 5 Course Code IPSY 8730 Course The Development of Human Capital Within Organizations Credits (4 cr.)
Quarter 6 Course Code IPSY 8720 Course Strategic Thinking for Effective Human Resource Management Credits (4 cr.)
Quarter 6 Course Code IPSY 8754 Course Personnel Psychology in the Workplace Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 7 Course Code IPSY 8750 Course Human Resource Management and Its Role in Labor Relations, Negotiation, and Conflict Resolution Credits (4 cr.)
Quarter 7 Course Code IPSY 8740 Course The Legal, Ethical, and Cultural Environment of Human Resource Management Credits (4 cr.)
Quarter 8 Course Code RSCH 8260
or
RSCH 8360
or
RSCH 8460
Course Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)

(5 cr.)
Quarter 8 Course Code IPSY 8579 Course Job Attitudes, Measurement, and Change Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 9 Course Code IPSY 8576 Course Advanced Personnel Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 9 Course Code RSCH 8310I Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 10 Course Code IPSY 8115 Course Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 11 Course Code IPSY 8202 Course Survey Research Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 11-15 Course Code IPSY 9000 Course Dissertation I-IV* Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)

^Completing the program may require enrollment for additional terms and cost if the student petitions to extend the 8-year maximum time frame.

*20 credits is the minimum requirement for IPSY 9000 – Dissertation. Actual time to complete your dissertation depends on numerous factors and while some students complete with 20 credits, some take longer. For more information please contact your enrollment advisor.

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8000 Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)
Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.
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