Explore our Online PhD in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology
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 3% between 2019 and 2029,1 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.
Automatically waive six courses if you have earned a master’s degree in I/O psychology, shortening your journey to a PhD.
Choose from six 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.2
Deepen your scholarly and practical knowledge of workplace and organizational behavior, with a specific focus on how the science of industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology applies to employee assessment, selection, performance management, motivation, work attitudes, leadership, and organizational behavior and development.Track I Track II
Program Admission Considerations:
Track I - A master’s degree in I/O psychology.
Track II - A GPA of 3.0 on bachelor’s degree or master's degree in another discipline.
General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.
ResidenciesFour academic residencies
support your progress at key points in your doctoral journey. Residencies also strengthen your scholarly and professional connections.
Earn Your Master of Philosophy Degree Along the Way
Walden understands the rigors involved with preparing for your doctorate. To signify how far you’ve come on your journey, you will be eligible to be awarded a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree upon completion of program requirements, prior to completion of your dissertation.
Walden is one of a few universities that offer this advanced research master’s degree. Highlight your academic achievement and show employers and others that you possess comprehensive knowledge in your field of study.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to:
- Explain behavior using current theory and research in I/O psychology.
- 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.
- 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).
- Correctly utilize principles of basic and advanced research methods to produce independent scholarly research.
- Evaluate research in the area of industrial and organizational psychology.
- Develop empirically-based organizational intervention practices.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of organizational interventions.
- Use ethical research and intervention practices.
- Evaluate the influence of diverse populations on individual, group, and organizational behavior.
- Apply principles of industrial and organizational psychology to scholarly and/or professional activities to promote lifelong learning.
- Engage in research practices that result in positive social change.
As a graduate of Walden’s PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program, your career options may include:
- Employee development consultant
- Organizational development practitioner (ODP)
- Director of training
- I/O practitioner
- Organizational consultant
- Human resources director or consultant
- Director of research
- Director of data analysis
- Director of career planning and development
- Political strategist
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
FAQ About Walden’s Online PhD in I/O Psychology Program
Industrial and organizational psychology, also referred to as I/O psychology, is the scientific study of the workplace. Psychologists apply science-based principles and methods of psychology to identify issues and solve problems in business. Practitioners may help organizations with policy planning, employee testing and selection, employee training and development, organizational development and analysis, and assessment and improvement of worker productivity.
As the terminal degree in a field with broad applications, an I/O psychology PhD may qualify you for a range of opportunities in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Potential positions may include employee development consultant, career planning and development director, organizational development practitioner, political strategist, or consultant.
Licensure for I/O psychology professionals varies by state. Some states require all psychology professionals to be licensed, while others do not require I/O psychology professionals to be licensed. There are also some I/O psychology jobs that require licensure, while others do not. Walden University’s PhD in Industrial and Organization Psychology offers an Evidence-Based Coaching specialization that prepares graduates to sit for the Board Certified Coach Examination.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the field of I/O psychology is expected to grow at a rate of 3% through 2029, which is much faster than average. However, I/O psychology is a competitive field and an important differentiator for job candidates will be their level of education.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections Data for Psychologists, 2019–29
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