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PhD in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology


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Defined as the “scientific study of the workplace,” industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology explores the impact of individual, group, and organizational psychology on workplace health, productivity, and effectiveness.

The PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology degree is designed to prepare scholar-practitioners to apply evidence-based I/O principles to lead positive change in the 21st-century workplace as researchers, consultants, educators, or organizational leaders.

Through core coursework completed in a prescribed sequence, students develop an in-depth understanding of individual, group, and organizational behavior in the workplace; advanced research design and analytical skills; and expertise applying evidence-based I/O practices in diverse organizational settings. Optional blended coursework provides opportunities for in-person feedback and hands-on practice, while specializations allow students to gain additional expertise in areas consistent with their interests and career goals. Through their dissertation, students have the opportunity to explore in-depth a specific area of interest and contribute to the body of knowledge in the I/O field.

The curriculum in this doctoral program is designed to reflect the professional guidelines set forth by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

Learning Outcomes


As graduates of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Explain behavior using current theory and research in industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. Correctly utilize principles of basic and advanced research methods to produce independent scholarly research.
  5. Evaluate research in the area of industrial and organizational psychology.
  6. Develop empirically based organizational intervention practices.
  7. Evaluate the effectiveness of organizational interventions.
  8. Use ethical research and intervention practices.
  9. Evaluate the influence of diverse populations on individual, group, and organizational behavior.
  10. Apply principles of industrial and organizational psychology to scholarly and/or professional activities to promote lifelong learning.
  11. Engage in research practices that result in positive social change.

Specializations


Changing specializations may increase a student’s expected time-to-degree completion and cost.

Curriculum


For Students Entering With a BS Degree


Specialization Courses (15 cr.)


These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone


  • IPSY 9000 - Dissertation
  • Students take this course for a minimum of 4 quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval. 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.

Course Sequence for Students Entering With a BS Degree


Quarter Course Credits
1 IPSY 8004 - Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology   3 cr.
  IPSY 8252 - Themes and Theories of I/O Psychology   5 cr.
2 IPSY 8480 - Psychology of Organizational Behavior   5 cr.
  IPSY 8214 - Consulting for Organizational Change   5 cr.
3 RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦   5 cr.
  IPSY 8552 - Psychological Motivation at Work   5 cr.
4 RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦   5 cr.
  Specialization Course* 5 cr.
5 IPSY 8551 - I/O Tests and Measurement   5 cr.
  RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦   5 cr.
6 RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis   5 cr.
  IPSY 8576 - Advanced Personnel Psychology   5 cr.
7 IPSY 8579 - Job Attitudes, Measurement, and Change   5 cr.
  IPSY 8202 - Survey Research Methods   5 cr.
8 RSCH 8360 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis   5 cr.
  IPSY 8702 - Dissertation Literature Review Lab   2 cr.
9 Specialization Course* 5 cr.
  IPSY 8115 - Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology   5 cr.
10+ Specialization Course* 5 cr.
  IPSY 9000 - Dissertation ** 5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion

*These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.

**Students take this course for a minimum of 4 quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

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.

For Students Entering With an MS Degree


Specialization Courses (15 cr.)


These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone


  • IPSY 9000 - Dissertation
  • Students take this course for a minimum of 4 quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval. 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.

Course Sequence for Students Entering With an MS Degree


Quarter Course Credits
1 IPSY 8004 - Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology   3 cr.
  IPSY 8552 - Psychological Motivation at Work   5 cr.
2 IPSY 8412 - Research Foundations   5 cr.
  Specialization Course* 5 cr.
3 RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis   5 cr.
  IPSY 8576 - Advanced Personnel Psychology   5 cr.
4 IPSY 8551 - I/O Tests and Measurement   5 cr.
  RSCH 8360 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis   5 cr.
5 IPSY 8702 - Dissertation Literature Review Lab   2 cr.
  IPSY 8579 - Job Attitudes, Measurement, and Change   5 cr.
6 Specialization Course* 5 cr.
  IPSY 8115 - Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology   5 cr.
7+ Specialization Course* 5 cr.
  IPSY 9000 - Dissertation ** 5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion

*These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.

**Students take this course for a minimum of 4 quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

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.

Doctoral Writing Assessment


Students who start their doctoral program at Walden University in 2016 or later will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment on a rolling basis. Designed to evaluate incoming doctoral students’ writing skills, this assessment aims to help prepare incoming doctoral students to meet the university’s expectations for writing at the doctoral level. For more information, click here.

8-Year Maximum Timeframe


Students have 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements [http://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=155&navoid=51147]. Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe, but an extension is not guaranteed.

Program Data


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