Automatically waive six courses* if you have earned a master’s degree in a related field**, shortening your journey to a PhD.
Designed for students interested in careers in such areas as organizational consulting, organizational development, academia, training and development, talent management, research, or business and consulting, this doctoral specialization provides 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. Focusing on organizational behavior in the workplace, you will explore employee assessment and recruitment practices, job attitudes, workplace motivation, team building, job performance measurement systems, and advanced topics in personnel psychology such as competency modeling and talent management.
Through the doctoral dissertation, you will have the opportunity to research an area of specific interest and contribute to the body of knowledge in the field.
Minimum Completion Requirements
- 110 quarter credits
- Core Courses (75 cr.)
- Specialization Courses (15 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 844-768-0003.
*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