PhD in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology

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

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Next Start Date: November 29, 2021

Transfer Credits: Up to 53 credits

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Deepen your understanding of organizational needs through assessments and change management practices and learn how to develop plans to effect change within business, industry, labor, public, academic, community, and health-related organizations.
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, etc.
Enhance your scholarly and practical understanding of the relationship between industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology and human resource management (HRM) practices in today’s diverse workplaces.
Deepen your scholarly and practical knowledge of workplace and organizational behavior, with a specific focus on how the science of industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology applies to employee assessment, selection, performance management, etc.
This specialization bridges the gap between traditional coaching practices and helps develop highly effective individuals and teams within organizations.
Customize your degree program by choosing any three specialization courses included in the PhD Industrial and Organizational Psychology program.

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

A Personalized Guide to Completing Your Doctorate

Earning your online PhD in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology requires commitment, perseverance, and hard work. You can do it, and Walden is here to help—with our Doctoral Degree Coach™.

  • Map and Track Milestones: Break your research down into manageable, sequential steps. See where you are, what’s ahead, and what you’ve already accomplished—all in one place.
  • Meet Weekly Targets: No more guesswork. Set prompts based on your to-do list and receive reminders and updates directly to your inbox.
  • Connect With Faculty: Stay on the same page and keep your progress on track. With shared access to your dashboard, your chair can easily guide you through your checklists, goals, and timelines.
  • Access Helpful Resources: Quickly find support from the right person at the right time. Our comprehensive resource guide points you in the right direction—no more frustrating searches.

More about our PhD in I/O Psychology program

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.

A master's degree or higher is required for entrance into this program. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

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

Tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education. Get in touch with a Walden Enrollment Specialist today at 855-203-5779, to learn more about tuition costs for this program and financial aid options.

Walden’s Enrollment Specialists are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education.
Our Enrollment Specialists are ready to answer any questions you may have regarding this program. Fill out the form on this page to be contacted or call 855-203-5779.

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

Ginger Jenkins

“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

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.

Enrollment Restrictions by State

Walden currently cannot enroll residents of the following states/districts into the PhD in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology program: Kentucky and Wisconsin.

ONGOING MILITARY OFFER:

A 15% tuition reduction for servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and their spouses.*

*A 15% tuition reduction is available to new students who are servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, or employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This tuition reduction is also available if you are a spouse of a servicemember, veteran, or employee of the VA. This tuition reduction cannot be retroactively applied. Tuition reductions are applicable to tuition only and do not apply toward books, materials, and other supplies or fees needed for a course.

Walden may change the tuition reduction offered hereunder at any time, but such change will not affect the tuition reduction for students who are currently enrolled at Walden and using the existing tuition reduction. All tuition reductions, grants, or scholarships are subject to specific eligibility requirements. Contact a Walden University Enrollment Specialist for details.

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