Gain the expert knowledge of individual, group, and organizational behavior required to make workplaces more effective and productive in Walden’s PhD in Industrial and Organizational (I-O) Psychology program.

Our program is one of the first online doctoral programs in I-O psychology. Take advantage of:

  • A fully online format, or an optional blended format.
  • Eight unique specializations to choose from.
  • An optional Consulting Skills Intensive 4-day residency.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: April 10, 2017

Duration: 63 months

Transfer Credits: Up to 53 credits

Choose from eight specializations:

  • Consulting Psychology
  • Forensic Consulting
  • General Practice
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Leadership Development and Coaching
  • Organizational Diversity and Social Change
  • Research and Evaluation

Course content

Walden’s PhD in I-O Psychology program 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. Course topics include:

  • Consulting for Organizational Change
  • Research Theory, Design, and Methods
  • I/O Tests and Measurement
  • Personnel Psychology in the Workplace

More about our PhD in I-O Psychology program

  • Career Options

    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

    *Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

  • Entry Requirements

    A master's degree or higher is required for entrance into the PhD in I-O Psychology program. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

    Your enrollment advisor will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

  • Tuition and Financial Aid

    Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 855.203.3398, to learn more about tuition costs for the PhD in I-O Psychology program and financial aid options.

    Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education. 

  • How to Apply

    To speak with an enrollment advisor about applying for our program today, fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855.203.3398.

Why earn your PhD in I-O Psychology at Walden?

  • Accomplished Faculty

    Many of our teaching faculty members hold doctoral degrees across a spectrum of specialty areas.

  • Exceptional Student Services

    Benefit from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.

  • Research Your Passion

    Focus their dissertation on a subject of particular interest to you.

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.



“I had to make sure the college I chose was accredited and user-friendly with a challenging curriculum."

Ginger Jenkins | MS in Forensic Psychology Graduate, PhD in Psychology Student