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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.

Accelerated Journey Option

Automatically waive six courses if you have earned a master’s degree in I/O psychology, shortening your journey to a PhD.

six Specializations

Choose from six specializations developed to align with the demands of the workforce.

Pertinent Curriculum

Learn from a curriculum designed according to the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Optional Examination Preparation

Prepare to sit for the Board Certified Coach Examination by choosing the Evidence-Based Coaching specialization.2

Program Savings

Receive up to a $4,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on September 27, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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TRACK I: Choose this track if you have a master’s degree in I/O psychology.

TRACK II: Choose this track if you have a GPA of 3.0 on bachelor’s degree or master's degree in another discipline.

General Practice

Get 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.

Track I Track II

Consulting Psychology

Develop the scholarly and practical expertise to help organizations address the impact of globalization and technology on performance and culture.

Track I Track II

Evidence-Based Coaching

Deepen your scholarly knowledge of leadership coaching models and processes, leadership development practices, and change management initiatives.

Track I Track II

Human Resource Management

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.

Track I Track II

International Business

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


Create a unique learning program to deepen your understanding of I/O psychology.

Track I Track II

Admission Requirements

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.


Four 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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Career Outlook

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)
  • Administrator
  • Consultant
  • Director of training
  • I/O practitioner
  • Organizational consultant
  • Human resources director or consultant
  • Director of research
  • Professor
  • 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.


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