2019–2020 Walden University Catalog (March 2020) 
    
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2019–2020 Walden University Catalog (March 2020) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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.

For Students Entering With a BS Degree


Minimum Degree Requirements


  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Professional Development Plan and Plan of Study
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (40 cr.)
  • Research courses (25 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15–17 cr.; see each specialization for specific courses)
  • Completion of the Doctoral Dissertation
    • Dissertation support courses (7 cr.)
    • Dissertation writing courses (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion)
    • Quarter Plans
  • Four residencies (4-day sessions)

Curriculum


Specialization Courses (15–17 cr.)


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

Residency Requirements


  • Residency 1 – Complete face-to-face as soon as you begin your program.
  • Residency 2 – Complete Residency 2 as face-to-face or virtual at the beginning of your second year, around the time of second research course.
  • Residency 3 – Complete Residency 3 face-to-face once you have a prospectus in Walden’s review system.
  • Residency 4 – Complete Residency 4 while in the development stage of your Proposal:
    • a face-to-face or virtual residency (RESI 8404)
      OR
    • an approved professional conference (RESI 8900 based on program availability)
      OR
    • a dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during IPSY 9000 to progress toward completion and defense of the dissertation. Contact Student Success Advising to register.
  • Optional* – Complete a dissertation intensive retreat (DRWI 8500) face-to-face during IPSY 9000. Contact Student Success Advising to register.

Completion of the Doctoral Dissertation


Course Sequence for Students Entering With a BS Degree


Students undertake courses in the following sequence.

Quarter Course Credits
1    3 cr.
   5 cr.
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
3    5 cr.
   5 cr.
4    5 cr.
Specialization Course* 5 cr.
5    2 cr.
   5 cr.
6    5 cr.
   5 cr.
7    5 cr.
   5 cr.
8    5 cr.
   2 cr.
9 Specialization Course* 5 cr.
  OR    5 cr.
10+ Specialization Course* 5 cr.
 **  5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 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 four quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their dissertation with final chief academic officer (CAO) approval. In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation 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.

For Students Entering With an MS Degree


Minimum Degree Requirements


  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (25 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15–17 cr.; see each specialization for specific courses)
  • Research courses (10 cr.)
  • Completion of the Doctoral Dissertation
    • Dissertation support courses (7 cr.)
    • Dissertation writing courses (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion)
    • Quarter Plans
  • Four residencies (4-day sessions)

Curriculum


Specialization Courses (15–17 cr.)


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

Residency Requirements


  • Residency 1 – Complete face-to-face as soon as you begin your program.
  • Residency 2 – Complete Residency 2 as face-to-face or virtual at the beginning of your second year, around the time of second research course.
  • Residency 3 – Complete Residency 3 face-to-face once you have a prospectus in Walden’s review system.
  • Residency 4 – Complete Residency 4 while in the development stage of your Proposal:
    • a face-to-face or virtual residency (RESI 8404)
      OR
    • an approved professional conference (RESI 8900 based on program availability)
      OR
    • a dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during IPSY 9000 to progress toward completion and defense of the dissertation. Contact Student Success Advising to register.
  • Optional* – Complete a dissertation intensive retreat (DRWI 8500) face-to-face during IPSY 9000. Contact Student Success Advising to register.

Completion of the Doctoral Dissertation


  • OR
  • AND

  • Students take this course for a minimum of four 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


Students undertake courses in the following sequence.

Quarter Course Credits
1    3 cr.
   5 cr.
2    5 cr.
Specialization Course* 5 cr.
3    5 cr.
   5 cr.
4    5 cr.
   5 cr.
5    2 cr.
   5 cr.
6 Specialization Course* 5 cr.
  OR    5 cr.
7+ Specialization Course* 5 cr.
 **  5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 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 four quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their dissertation with final chief academic officer (CAO) approval. In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation 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.

Note on Licensure


The PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology is not a licensure-leading program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

Master of Philosophy (Embedded Degree)


Walden awards the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree to recognize PhD students for academic achievement leading up to their dissertation. With an MPhil, students will be able to demonstrate to employers and others that they have an advanced knowledge base in their field of study as well as proficiency in research design and evaluation.

  • Students are eligible to apply for this credential while continuing their PhD program once they have completed:
    • All required PhD core courses (or KAMs)
    • All required PhD specialization courses (or KAMs)
    • All required doctoral research and advanced research courses
    • Program prospectus development course
    • Residencies 1, 2, and 3
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA is mandatory.
  • The MPhil requires a minimum of 45 quarter credits. Maximum transfer of credit varies by program but is not to exceed 50% of the overall, or embedded, program requirements.

Doctoral Writing Assessment


Students who start or readmit to doctoral programs at Walden University in the university catalog for academic year 2017 or later will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment. 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.

8-Year Maximum Time Frame


Students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements (see Enrollment Requirements). Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum time frame, but an extension is not guaranteed.

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