Industrial/Organizational Psychology PhD in Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Make a positive impact on the workplace

You see the connection between human behavior and workplace performance. Put that vision into action and increase your ability to bring about positive change in organizations. Capella University offers an online PhD in Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology that can help you create efficiency and increase team performance and organizations. Make your next step a bold one with a professionally aligned program from a university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. If you’re ready to help bring out the best in your workplace, the path is clear.

At a Glance

  • Online and in-person
  • 7 Core courses
  • 5 Specialization courses
  • 4 Concentration courses
  • 3 Dissertation research seminars
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Dissertation
  • 104 Total credits (25 max transfer)

Classes Start September 14th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

We’ve decided to waive all application fees until further notice.

Industrial/Organizational program highlights

Complementary coursework approach

Your online coursework is complemented with face-to-face residencies designed to give you intensive, hands-on experience to successfully complete your program.

81% of doctoral alumni found that their Capella education was designed around working professionals.

Develop practical skills

Through competency-based education, you can take the advanced theories you’re learning and apply them practically in the profession.

Structured and supportive learning experience

Throughout your program you’ll receive support from instructors, mentors, and a team dedicated to helping you complete your dissertation.

Convenient & flexible learning

Access your learning environment at anytime, anywhere, on any device so you can learn on your schedule.

Employment of industrial-organizational psychologists is projected to grow 19% from 2014 to 2024.*

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography, and degree field, affect career opportunities, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, or other career outcome.

Our unique doctoral structure

Our PhD in Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology program is designed to remove roadblocks for you and demystify the dissertation process. This unique approach centers on supporting you in three ways: through program structure, a dedicated faculty and support team, and online resources. To help generate momentum toward graduation, you’ll begin your dissertation early in the program. Our faculty, support team, and online resources will help guide you every step of the way.

Cost & learning format

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$540 per credit, 104 total quarter credits, 25 max transfer credits

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"Because of life's challenges, I put my education on hold, though I knew my passion was helping others. Eventually, someone encouraged me to follow my dream of earning my doctorate, and I signed up. It was a challenge, but I remained focused—I am proud to now be Dr. Missyann Rose!"

Missyann Rose
PhD in Psychology—Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Actual Capella student who agreed to appear in promotional materials for Capella.

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

$20K toward your doctorate

Apply for a $20K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help you fund your doctoral degree.

10% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Industrial/Organizational sample courses

The online PhD in Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology program offers the knowledge to evaluate and apply critical thinking in response to behavior in the workplace, and to understand theory and research. The program includes dissertation research seminars which allow you to get an early start on your dissertation.

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Principles of Industrial/Organizational Psychology

In this course, learners identify and confirm theories and research of industrial/organizational psychology. Learners examine and explain the various psychological constructs affecting individuals, groups, teams, and organizations in the workplace and assess diversity and ethical principles as they relate to decisionmaking processes. Learners also evaluate the differences between industrial and organizational psychology and implement various assessment methods, models, and interventions applicable across workplace settings.

5 quarter credits
Psychology of Leadership

This course provides a comprehensive review of leadership theories and factors, including leader development, leadership styles, and multicultural issues relevant to leadership in various settings. Learners research and evaluate leadership principles and apply leadership theory to clinical, counseling, educational, organizational, and sports settings. Learners examine case studies; investigate and evaluate the processes and best practices of leader development; analyze their own leadership strengths; and relate this knowledge to their professional practice.

5 quarter credits
Consultation Psychology

Learners in this course evaluate current theories of psychological consultation and analyze the variety of roles and interventions that engage psychological consultants in an applied setting. Learners examine psychological consultants’ contributions to clinical, educational, industrial, and organizational settings and demonstrate the competencies required to evaluate and conduct psychological consultative services through applied case work, practice, and self-appraisal. Other course topics include consultation ethics, models of consultation research, and the dynamics of the consultant-client relationship.

5 quarter credits
Industrial/Organizational Psychology Practices in Human Resource Management

Learners in this course analyze psychologically based methods, tools, and practices used in industrial/organizational psychology, including needs assessment, personnel selection, job analysis, performance management and appraisal, organizational functioning, motivation, training, and management, in the context of their application to human resource management. Learners identify the underlying psychological theories, research, and approaches related to human resource management and synthesize these theories and research to develop evidence-based application grounded in science and scholarship. Throughout the course, learners gain and demonstrate a working knowledge of organizational systems and culture.

5 quarter credits
PSY8763 *
Program Evaluation

This course provides an examination of the theories, techniques, methods, and processes of program evaluation. Learners synthesize knowledge and skills gained from prior coursework to design a program evaluation, plan its implementation, and communicate the results in appropriate and effective formats. Prerequisite(s): PSY7864.

5 quarter credits

Meet our PhD faculty

Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach you critical knowledge and skills and to help enrich your education and career by bringing real-world relevance to the courseroom.

Chelsea Overholt, PhD

Faculty Chair, I/O Psychology

Deborah Vogele Welch, PhD

Core Faculty

Angela Bruch, PhD

Core Faculty

R. Gordon Williamson, PhD

Core Faculty

What You’ll Learn

In our PhD in industrial/organizational psychology program you’ll gain the skills to:

  • Understand research and theory
  • Evaluate and apply critical thinking
  • Develop psychological testing
  • Adhere to ethical standards
  • Conduct research
  • Present professionally

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Industrial/Organizational Psychology professional paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our PhD in Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Director or vice president of human resources or organizational development
  • Adjunct or part-time psychology faculty
  • Full-time psychology faculty
  • Instructor
  • Evidence-based coach
  • Organizational consultant (internal or external)
  • Self-employed
  • Director of labor relations
  • Researcher
  • Director of training and development
  • Research coordinator/ administrator

Employment settings to explore

  • Military
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Research organization
  • Corporation
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Health care
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Organizational consulting firm
  • Industrial setting
  • Private practice

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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