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Industrial/Organizational Psychology Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Lead Change & Raise Employee Performance

Interested in the relationship between human behavior and performance in the workplace and other organizational settings? With Capella’s online PhD in Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology
degree, you’ll deepen your knowledge of organizational behavior in a way that can help you excel in leading change and promoting optimal performance. Prepare to be a leader in this exciting field as a consultant to organizations, including government, higher education, and scientific research.

At a Glance

  • Online and In Person
  • 7 Core Courses
  • 5 Specialization Courses
  • 4 Emphasis Courses
  • 3 Dissertation Research Seminars
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation

Classes Start October 8th

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.

Admission Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Understand Research & Theory

Bring together theoretical and research findings from the discipline of industrial/organizational psychology.

Adhere to Ethical Standards

Apply ethical principles and standards of psychology to academic and professional activities.

Think Critically

Evaluate and apply critical thinking in response to behavior in the workplace.

Embrace Diversity

Understand, respect, and respond to differences and diversity in the practice of industrial/organizational psychology.

Administer Psychological Testing

Accurately select, administer, score, and interpret psychological tests in the workplace.

Present Professionally

Effectively communicate psychological concepts and information within the professional community and public.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Relevant, Real-World Learning

Get real-world skills. Our research in psychology course allows you to conduct research alongside Capella faculty.

Prepare to Teach

Our applied teaching track program helps you gain experience as a teaching assistant or tutor.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced doctoral faculty who are actively engaged in their professions.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  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
$530 per credit, 104 total quarter credits, 25 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

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. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid.

10% Military Discount

Active-duty military service members, their spouses, and veterans could be eligible for a discount.

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Professionally Credible, Professionally Aligned

Capella’s PhD in Psychology is competency-based, integrating common core psychology and research coursework with relevant and topical specialization content, providing alignment to the profession and an in-depth focus on your specialization.

Accredited & Respected

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

Sample Courses

In our PhD in Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology program, you'll learn to evaluate and apply critical thinking in response to behavior in the workplace, as well as understand theoretical and research findings.

Dissertation Research Seminar

Allows you to work extensively on your dissertation topic, methodology, literature review, and research plan from the beginning of your program. 

Dissertation Mentors

During your dissertation, you’ll be matched with an experienced mentor who will help you stay on track to completing your degree.


Enhance the skills you develop in your program coursework through these intensive, onsite experiences with students and faculty.  

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
PSY8711 Principles of Industrial/Organizational Psychology
PSY8720 Psychology of Leadership
PSY8730 Consultation Psychology
PSY8740 Industrial/Organizational Psychology Practices in Human Resource Management
PSY8763 Program Evaluation

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than résumés and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

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Move Forward in Your Career

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 faculty
  • Full-time faculty
  • Instructor
  • Evidenced-based coach
  • Organizational consultant (internal or external)
  • Self-employment
  • Director of labor relations
  • Researcher
  • Director of training and development
  • Research coordinator/administrator

Related 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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