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 Psychology of Organizational Behavior IPSY 8214 Consulting for Organizational Change, RSCH 8110 Research Theory, Design, and Methods, RSCH 8210 Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis, RSCH 8310 Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
**Related fields include psychology, human services, social work, and counseling.