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Industrial-Organizational Psychology (PhD)

Program Description

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The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (IO) program seeks to develop scholars, professional practitioners, and leaders who will actively engage the community and businesses around them, improving organizations and developing people as part of their jobs.

Graduates of this Industrial-Organizational Psychology program become scholars possessing the necessary tools, theoretical knowledge, and analytical skills to launch their academic or consulting careers. They are practitioners managing change, applying scientific methodologies, and improving the organizations around them; and they are leaders guiding organizations, motivating and building teams, and developing future leaders.

Additionally, the doctorate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology provides you with the training to occupy the same position as master’s graduates. The distinctiveness of the doctoral program is in its additional emphasis on theory, methodology, and research.

If you have already been granted the MA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at SPU and wish to pursue this PhD, you must apply to the Industrial-Organizational Psychology doctoral program.

Both programs are designed with a focus on the science and rigor associated with quality degrees in this field along with an equal emphasis on the practice of industrial-organizational psychology.The curricula for the doctoral program has been structured according to the guidelines for graduate training in industrial/organizational psychology published by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), a division of the American Psychological Association.

The curriculum in this Industrial-Organizational Psychology program satisfies the suggested areas of competence for graduates in industrial-organizational psychology, ensuring that you are fulfilling not only the expectations for a doctoral-level education, but also fulfill the expectations of experts working in the field.