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Ph.D. in Business Psychology
- 3 Years Full-Time (Post-Masters), 5 Years Full-Time (Post-Baccalaureate)
The Chicago School’s online Ph.D. Business Psychology: Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Program prepares graduates for leadership positions as industrial organizational psychologists in global organizations. By building a strong foundation in the principles of psychology, graduates of this online industrial organizational psychology Ph.D. program will be prepared to provide effective business solutions in today’s multicultural business environment. Aided […]
The Chicago School’s online Ph.D. Business Psychology: Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Program prepares graduates for leadership positions as industrial organizational psychologists in global organizations. By building a strong foundation in the principles of psychology, graduates of this online industrial organizational psychology Ph.D. program will be prepared to provide effective business solutions in today’s multicultural business environment.
Aided by the guidance and support of our practitioner faculty with years of experience in business and industrial organizational psychology, The Chicago School’s dissertation model ensures that students continue to reach key milestones in a timely fashion. Over the period of three semesters, students work one-on-one with faculty supervisors to complete their proposal, draft, and final dissertation with oral defense.
Industrial psychologists with an advanced business psychology degree are uniquely qualified to provide assessment and interventions to address and solve organizational conflicts, enhance performance, and manage cross-functional teams. Industrial organizational business psychologists can find work in nonprofit or for-profit organizations, working closely with:
- Business owners
- Human resource personnel
Ph.D. in Business Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Track: Online Student Experience
Through the convenience of The Chicago School’s online Ph.D programs, your life remains intact as you earn your online psychology degree. Our online Global Student Dashboard is where you will find all of the components to successfully complete your industrial psychology graduate program. There, you’ll find your coursework and assignments, interact with fellow students, and ask questions of your instructor.
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Adult Development and Work
This course provides an understanding of career development theories and decision-making models; occupational, educational information sources and systems; assessment instruments and techniques relevant to career planning and decision making, career, lifestyle, and leisure counseling; guidance and education; career development program planning; resources; and effectiveness evaluation. (3 credits)
Organizations are living systems. To work and improve organizations, we need to understand them as systems. This course focuses on the investigation and applications of Open Systems Theory. The importance of the input->throughput->output flow will be assessed within the scope of boundaries and the environment as well as feedback and interdependencies. Specific attention will be given to the different functions for internal operations that are necessary for maintenance and equilibrium. Organizations and teams will be the main focus but the obvious connections to any group or family will be addressed. (3 credits)
Virtual and Global Leadership
This course provides students with the techniques for structuring, managing, and motivating teams that reside in virtual environments. Topics include challenges of leading a virtual team with members in various geographical locations, virtual team structure, effective multi-cultural communication, motivation and performance considerations, and knowledge sharing in a virtual, distributed team.
Students who enter the program post-baccalaureate will complete two 300-credit hour internships (for a total of 600 hours of internship experience). The internship should involve the student in learning specific, transferable, I/O-relevant or HR-relevant professional skills. All internship must be pre-approved by the faculty internship supervisor.
Completion of the dissertation is an essential aspect of Business Psychology students’ academic experience and professional education. It provides the school the opportunity to evaluate the student’s ability to think critically and creatively about an applied issue in business psychology and to produce new research in the field. The dissertation should clearly and concisely demonstrate the student’s command of the research in a specific area of business psychology that relates to industrial organizational psychology. In the dissertation, will conduct empirical research using quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods to produce new knowledge within the theoretical framework that comprises the Ph.D. Business Psychology curriculum.
Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Business Psychology doctoral program is open to any person who has earned a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with 36 hours in psychology, behavioral science or management. Students applying to the Ph.D. in Business Psychology program must submit the following:
- Apply Online
- Application Fee: $50
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Essay – Please answer the following two questions on separate sheets of paper (approximately 500 words each):
- In what areas (e.g., selection and placement, organizational development, performance management) will you, as a business psychologist, affect or contribute to the business world? How will your contributions differ from those with an M.B.A. or other business training?
- In your role as a business psychology student, you are likely to work and study with people from many backgrounds. Tell us what will be some of the challenges for you studying with people different from yourself, and what you would contribute in your interactions with them.
- Official College/University Transcripts
- Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
- Previous Coursework
- Bachelor or Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in Psychology, the Behavioral Sciences, or Management
- Student’s entering post-masters must have a master’s degree equivalent to 36 semester hours, and:
- 21 hours of the following IO Psychology graduate courses:
- Principles of Industrial Psychology
- Two internship courses or an Applied Project/Thesis equivalent
- Performance Appraisal
- 3 letters of recommendation from academic professors or professional or volunteer experience supervisors.
- Official GRE Score (Post-Bachelor entry point applicants only, not required of applicants holding a conferred master’s degree)
- Generally, an undergraduate or graduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for admission to the school’s Business Psychology doctoral program.
- Depending on the number of hours an applicant is missing, these prerequisite requirements can be fulfilled at the Chicago School prior to admission to the Ph.D. Business Psychology (I/O Track) program by enrolling in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology Generalist Certificate. Prerequisites for admission may also be fulfilled at the Chicago School by successfully completing comparable coursework following the policies outlined in the Student at Large section of the catalog.
Ph.D. Business Psychology: I/O Track Progression Requirements
This program requires applicants to have successfully completed (with a grade earned of “C” or better) at least two (2) undergraduate courses by the end of their first semester (second online term) of study. One (1) course must be in statistics, and at least one (1) course must be an upper level undergraduate or master’s level organizational behavior or psychology course. Students must successfully meet this progression requirement through the following options:
- A grade of “C” or higher in TCS 380 Introduction to Psychology and TCS 390 Introduction to Statistics;
- A grade of “C” or higher in a comparable course(s) at the Chicago School; or
- A grade of “C” or higher in a comparable course(s) at another regionally accredited institution
Applicants accepted who are missing one or both of the two (2) courses will be required to register for the applicable TCS course(s) in their first ground semester or online term. All students must meet this progression requirement by the end of their first semester (second online term) of study. Students who do not successfully fulfill this requirement will not be allowed to register in any future coursework in the program of study until this requirement is met. Extensions can be granted by the Program Chair or designee when extenuating circumstances prevent completion of the requirement in the specified timeframe. Requests for an extension must be submitted in writing to the Program Chair for consideration.
The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping our professional degree programs accessible to anyone, regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid Department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.
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PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Prepare for a variety of careers in a field you’re passionate about.
Up to 53 credits
A master’s degree or higher.
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 .
Up to $10,000 in merit-based scholarships and first residency without residency fee available if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on August 27, 2018. Contact one of our enrollment advisors to learn more.
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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 industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology.
With demand for I/O psychologists expected to grow by 6% between 2016 and 2026,* 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.
Why earn your PhD in I/O Psychology from Walden?
As a student, you can:
- Automatically waive six courses if you have earned a master’s degree in a related field, shortening your journey to a PhD.**
- Choose from five specializations selected according to the demands of the workforce.
- Learn from a curriculum designed according to the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
- Choose between a fully online or blended format—whichever best fits your schedule.
- Enroll in the Evidence-Based Coaching specialization, which prepares you to sit for the Board Certified Coach Examination.†
**Master’s Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology
†The PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program’s Evidence-Based Coaching specialization has been designed to prepare students to sit for the national Board Certified Coach Examination (BCCE), which is administered by the Center for Credentialing and Education. Walden enrollment advisors can provide information relating to national certification exams; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information regarding the application process, visit www.cce-global.org/Credentialing/BCC/Exam .
About the Blended Course Format
When you select the blended course option, you may take up to two core courses that combine both online and in-person learning experiences. These courses provide:
- In-person immersion in scenarios that reflect the day-to-day situations you will face as an I/O practitioner in the field.
- Opportunities to apply course content through role-playing, reflection, teamwork, feedback, and coaching.
- In-person guidance from faculty members who are highly experienced I/O practitioners.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to:
- Explain behavior using current theory and research in industrial and organizational (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.
Save Time and Money on Your Degree
The ability to transfer credit at Walden can give you a more seamless, effective, and cost-efficient way to continue your education. Complete your required coursework sooner by transferring applicable required graduate credits into a Walden degree program.
Find detailed information for the Human Resource Management specialization of this program, or all other specializations of this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.
Note on Licensure
The PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2017–18 Edition, Psychologists, on the internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm#tab-6 (viewed online December 20, 2017). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
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