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Industrial/Organizational Psychology Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Harold Abel School of Psychology

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Twenty-Four Required Courses

 

 

At least 104 quarter credits

 

Residency Requirement(s):

Three ten-week courses with a four-day embedded residency experience (PSY-R8925, PSY-R8926, PSY-R8927). See university policy 3.04.05 Attendance at Residencies and the Residencies page on Campus for more information. Also see each graduate school’s residency courses.

Core courses:

PSY8002
Foundations of Theory and Practice for Doctoral Psychology Learners

In this course, learners improve their ability to navigate the virtual campus and become familiar with library, career center, and writing center resources. Learners identify the educational steps and requirements necessary for successfully completing the doctoral degree program in their chosen specialization; review their specialization’s requirements, associated professional roles and organizations, and ethics and professional standards; and articulate a professional identity based on doctoral-level psychology training. For PhD in Psychology learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY7115
Research Foundations of History and Systems in Psychology

Learners in this course explore historical and contemporary schools of thought such as behavioral, humanistic, and psychodynamic psychology. In particular, learners begin the process of becoming independent researchers by developing a dissertation topic that is appropriate for their specialization and aligned with foundational theories within their chosen school of thought. For PhD learners in Psychology only. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY7868
Qualitative Design and Analysis

Learners in this course assess the fundamental concepts needed to conduct qualitative research. Learners practice qualitative research techniques; appropriate applications of qualitative research; the strengths and weaknesses of qualitative research design, sampling, and analysis and their associated interdependencies; and leverage technology when applicable. Learners also determine the steps necessary to ensure human subjects protection, and consider methodological adaptations when conducting research with vulnerable and diverse populations. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY8625 *
Advanced Inferential Statistics

Learners in this advanced course examine a variety of statistical analyses, including statistical power and effect size in research design, factorial and repeated measures of analysis of variance (ANOVA), analysis of covariance (ANCOVA), selected nonparametric analyses, and bivariate and multiple regression. Learners are expected to have proficiency in the use of statistical software appropriate to dissertation-level research. Prerequisite(s): PSY7864. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY8658 *
Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology

In this course, learners synthesize knowledge of quantitative research methodology and use it to develop a quantitative research design that may form the basis of their dissertation research project. Learners compare their quantitative research design to a previously developed qualitative design on a similar topic and identify and justify the methodology most appropriate for investigating their research topic. For PsyD and PhD in Psychology learners only. Prerequisite(s): PSY7860, PSY7868. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits

PSY-R8925
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to initiate the development of a dissertation research plan. Throughout the course, learners focus on identifying a theory, topic, and research problem appropriate for their specialization. Track 1 learners must also complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 1 (Research Ethics Education). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 1 learning outcomes. For PhD in Psychology learners only. Should be taken concurrently with PSY7115. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
PSY-R8926 *
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to develop a research question and to select an appropriate dissertation topic. In Track 2, learners complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 2 (Topic Approval). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 2 learning outcomes. For PhD in Psychology learners only. Prerequisite(s): PSY-R8925. Should be taken concurrently with PSY7868. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
PSY-R8927 *
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 3

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Seminar Track 3 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to detail a methodological design, sampling plan, and strategy for data analysis. In Track 3, learners complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 5 (Research Plan Approval). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 3 learning outcomes. Learners must complete Track 3 prior to beginning the comprehensive examination phase of the program. For PhD in Psychology learners only. Prerequisite(s): PSY-R8926. Should be taken concurrently with PSY8658. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits

Choose one from the following five courses:

PSY7210
Lifespan Development

In this course, learners gain and apply knowledge of lifespan development from infancy through adulthood, including human development processes and milestones. Learners evaluate theories and approaches for examining human development and analyze human development processes related to their specialization.

5 quarter credits
PSY7510
Psychology of Personality

This course is an examination of personality development from the perspective of several theoretical orientations: psychodynamic, humanistic/ existential, dispositional, and learning theory. Learners analyze and evaluate these theories and consider how other factors such as culture and gender contribute to personality development. This course also allows learners to apply personality theory to their professional practice.

5 quarter credits
PSY7520
Social Psychology

This course provides an overview of how behavior is shaped and influenced within a social context. Within this framework, learners analyze interpersonal relationships, social cognition, social inference, emotion, and personality. Learners review and demonstrate their knowledge of the social psychology of decision making, attitude formation, and social attribution as they relate to contemporary issues. Learners also apply social psychological theory and research to various clinical, educational, and organizational settings.

5 quarter credits
PSY7543 *
Ethics and Multicultural Issues in Psychology

In this course, learners analyze multicultural perspectives and factors such as ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and gender, and their influences on the ethical behavior of psychology professionals. Learners evaluate and articulate multicultural issues within the context of different settings and practice applying ethical reasoning principles and standards within their profession. Prerequisite(s): PSY5002 or PSY5005 or PSY8002.

5 quarter credits
PSY7610
Tests and Measurements

This course focuses on essential concepts, principles, applications, and social and theoretical issues of psychological testing. Learners gain understanding in the construction of tests; analyze the development and use of tests in measuring aptitudes, achievement, attitudes, interests, and personality; and identify underlying theories of various tests. Learners analyze the characteristics desired in psychological and educational tests, with particular emphasis on reliability and validity, and examine best practices and professional standards for educational and psychological testing, including test bias and fairness. In addition, learners study the role of technology in delivery, administration, scoring, and interpretation of tests.

5 quarter credits

Choose one from the following two courses:

PSY8626 *
Multivariate Statistics: Theory and Application

This course focuses on the theory and application of multivariate statistics, including discriminant analysis, factor (components) analysis, multiple analysis of variance (MANOVA), and logistic regression. Using SPSS, learners perform and interpret the results of these analyses. Learners also apply multivariate analysis, read and understand research results in peer-reviewed psychology journals, and utilize SPSS to produce output consistent with the correct parameters and assumptions of specific multivariate procedures. In addition, learners have the option of exploring the mathematical aspects of multivariate and inferential statistics theory and application. Prerequisite(s): PSY8625.

5 quarter credits
PSY8635 *
Advanced Qualitative Analysis

This course extends the topics covered in PSY7868 by further exploring the philosophical underpinnings of qualitative research and inquiry and emphasizes effective execution of the six school-approved dissertation research methodologies: ethnography, case study, grounded-theory phenomenology, heuristics, and generic qualitative research. Learners examine primary source references, books, and journal articles written by the developers of the six methodologies and gain an understanding of their nuances and applications. This course is designed to prepare learners to develop and conduct their own qualitative study for a dissertation. Prerequisite(s): PSY7868.

5 quarter credits

Specialization courses:

Choose five from the following seven courses:

PSY8711
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
PSY8720
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
PSY8730
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
PSY8740
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 course work to design a program evaluation, plan its implementation, and communicate the results in appropriate and effective formats. Prerequisite(s): PSY7864.

5 quarter credits
PSY8799 *
Professional Internship

This course provides learners with an optional, experiential opportunity to complete up to 400 hours of applied service in an industrial/organizational work-related setting of their choosing. Learners may engage in many industrial/ organization psychology roles, including consultation, coaching, assessment, selection processes, training and development, team dynamics, leader development, employee performance improvement, strategic planning, and organizational change management. Throughout the course, learners receive supervised training at a pre-approved internship site and engage in concurrent online courseroom activities that emphasize increased self-awareness, self-reflection, and self-evaluation on identified skills; application of evidencedbased practice; competence to practice within diverse populations; and practice within professional and ethical standards. For PhD and MS Industrial/Organizational Psychology learners only. Grading for this course is S/NS. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite(s): PSY8711, PSY8720, PSY8740. Approval of internship application. All application materials must be received by the first day of the quarter preceding the quarter of the proposed start date. Refer to the current manual for further details. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY9001
Research in Psychology

Learners in this course engage in advanced study and research of a specialization-specific topic. Throughout the course, learners apply research, professional, and academic ethics through individual and group research tasks. The course includes participation in a faculty-directed research project. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in PSY7868.

5 quarter credits

Upon completion of all required coursework:

PSY9919 *
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

This course includes an overview of the comprehensive examination process, the university’s expectations of academic honesty and integrity, the three core themes of the examination, and the evaluation criteria. The courseroom mentor provides three questions addressing the core themes and learners write answers to the comprehensive examination questions. Answers are evaluated by faculty readers using pointscale scoring rubrics. Upon passing the comprehensive examination, learners are eligible to register for the first dissertation course. Grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required and elective coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Completion of practicum courses, if applicable. Fulfillment of all residency requirements. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits

Learners must register for PSY9960 a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements.

PSY9960 *
Dissertation Courseroom

This course provides learners with resources, guidance, and peer and mentor support during each dissertation course as they complete the required milestones. Grading for this course is S/NS. Learners must register for this course a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements. Prerequisite(s): PSY9919. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits

In addition, choose one of the following recommended Industrial/Organizational Psychology concentrations:

For a Coaching Psychology concentration, choose four from the following five courses:

PSY7510
Psychology of Personality

This course is an examination of personality development from the perspective of several theoretical orientations: psychodynamic, humanistic/ existential, dispositional, and learning theory. Learners analyze and evaluate these theories and consider how other factors such as culture and gender contribute to personality development. This course also allows learners to apply personality theory to their professional practice.

5 quarter credits
PSY7810
Principles of Positive Psychology

In this course, learners analyze the theories, research, and evidence-based practices of the scientific study of positive psychology. Learners integrate concepts of thriving and flourishing, gratitude and wisdom, empathy, forgiveness, and the science of happiness, both personally and professionally. Learners examine what positive psychology can teach about resilience and coping in the context of life challenges. In addition, learners explore assessments and interventions from a strengths-based perspective. Learners use a cultural competency approach in applying methods and best practices in clinical, counseling, educational, industrial, and organizational settings.

5 quarter credits
PSY8721
Introduction to Business Practices for Psychologists

This course focuses on business practices for starting, operating, and maintaining a viable consulting business. Learners develop an understanding of the knowledge and skills for consulting including preparing for a consulting career, starting and promoting a consulting business, maintaining the business, and learning how to actualize personal values and ethical acumen in their daily work. This course covers the consulting competencies of branding, marketing, and selling, as well as building and maintaining client relationships.

5 quarter credits
PSY8768 *
Theory and Practice of Psychological Coaching

Learners in this course study the psychological underpinnings, theoretical framework, and foundational elements of evidence-based coaching. Learners explore the stages of the coaching relationship and determine an effective coaching framework to apply in different contexts, including positive psychology and Gestalt perspectives. Learners also identify ethical and multicultural issues related to evidence-based coaching. Prerequisite(s): PSY7610.

5 quarter credits
PSY8770
Psychology of Motivation and Performance

In this course, learners explore various psychological theories, concepts, and principles of motivation. Learners evaluate the factors of motivation that influence personal and professional performance, success, and satisfaction. Learners also synthesize research in order to identify, assess, and integrate motivational strategies and apply models of performance enhancement.

5 quarter credits

For a Consultation Psychology concentration, choose four from the following five courses:

PSY7530
Psychology of Group Dynamics

This course provides a foundational understanding of group development, processes, and behaviors. Learners evaluate current group psychology theory and research and identify the elements of effective groups to gain an understanding of the psychology of group dynamics. Topics include group formation and structure, power and influence, performance and decision making, leadership, followership, and conflict in group dynamics.

5 quarter credits
PSY7680 *
Psychological Principles of Organization Development

This course introduces psychological principles related to the discipline of organizational development. Learners evaluate current research, theory, and interventions that increase organizational effectiveness and lead to higher organizational performance and success. Learners also explore the history of organizational development; development needs at the individual, team, and organizational level; implementing organizational change; organizational culture and stakeholders’ behavior; strategic planning; and the values and ethics that guide organizational development practitioners as change agents. Prerequisite(s): PSY5002 or PSY5005 or PSY8001 or PSY8002; PSY7210; PSY7543; PSY7610; PSY7860; PSY7864.

5 quarter credits
PSY8721
Introduction to Business Practices for Psychologists

This course focuses on business practices for starting, operating, and maintaining a viable consulting business. Learners develop an understanding of the knowledge and skills for consulting including preparing for a consulting career, starting and promoting a consulting business, maintaining the business, and learning how to actualize personal values and ethical acumen in their daily work. This course covers the consulting competencies of branding, marketing, and selling, as well as building and maintaining client relationships.

5 quarter credits
PSY8730
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
PSY8770
Psychology of Motivation and Performance

In this course, learners explore various psychological theories, concepts, and principles of motivation. Learners evaluate the factors of motivation that influence personal and professional performance, success, and satisfaction. Learners also synthesize research in order to identify, assess, and integrate motivational strategies and apply models of performance enhancement.

5 quarter credits

For an Industrial Psychology concentration:

PSY7550 *
Process of Professional Development

Learners in this course focus on the process and content of professional development for themselves and others. Learners evaluate professional development strategies such as coaching, mentoring, and training, and identify ways to sustain their professional development through professional affiliations and networking. Other course topics include the change process, theories of adult learning, and motivation. Prerequisite(s): PSY7543.

5 quarter credits
PSY8721
Introduction to Business Practices for Psychologists

This course focuses on business practices for starting, operating, and maintaining a viable consulting business. Learners develop an understanding of the knowledge and skills for consulting including preparing for a consulting career, starting and promoting a consulting business, maintaining the business, and learning how to actualize personal values and ethical acumen in their daily work. This course covers the consulting competencies of branding, marketing, and selling, as well as building and maintaining client relationships.

5 quarter credits
PSY8765 *
Testing and Assessment in Workplace Psychology

Learners in this course review relevant theories and research methods of workplace psychology, coaching, and consultation assessment. Learners study the assessment process, identify assessment tools and their applications, and examine ways to evaluate and deliver assessment feedback. Topics include individual, group, and organizational assessment; psychometric testing; quantitative/qualitative principles and research methods; and ethical and multicultural issues associated with assessment. Prerequisite(s): PSY7610.

5 quarter credits
PSY8795
Occupational Health Psychology

This course provides learners with an overview of the fundamental psychological elements that contribute to a healthy work environment and promote wellness. Learners examine the elements and impact of stress on the workplace; individuals’ varying degrees of resistance to work stressors and the ways an individual’s personality traits affect stress; and strategies organizations can employ to promote a more healthy working environment. Other course topics include the historical perspective of stress, sociocultural sources of stress, and the distinction between personal and professional job stress. Learners explore their own stress response mechanisms and develop methods for managing stress from personal and organizational perspectives.

5 quarter credits

For an Organizational Psychology concentration:

PSY7530
Psychology of Group Dynamics

This course provides a foundational understanding of group development, processes, and behaviors. Learners evaluate current group psychology theory and research and identify the elements of effective groups to gain an understanding of the psychology of group dynamics. Topics include group formation and structure, power and influence, performance and decision making, leadership, followership, and conflict in group dynamics.

5 quarter credits
PSY7550 *
Process of Professional Development

Learners in this course focus on the process and content of professional development for themselves and others. Learners evaluate professional development strategies such as coaching, mentoring, and training, and identify ways to sustain their professional development through professional affiliations and networking. Other course topics include the change process, theories of adult learning, and motivation. Prerequisite(s): PSY7543.

5 quarter credits
PSY8721
Introduction to Business Practices for Psychologists

This course focuses on business practices for starting, operating, and maintaining a viable consulting business. Learners develop an understanding of the knowledge and skills for consulting including preparing for a consulting career, starting and promoting a consulting business, maintaining the business, and learning how to actualize personal values and ethical acumen in their daily work. This course covers the consulting competencies of branding, marketing, and selling, as well as building and maintaining client relationships.

5 quarter credits
PSY8770
Psychology of Motivation and Performance

In this course, learners explore various psychological theories, concepts, and principles of motivation. Learners evaluate the factors of motivation that influence personal and professional performance, success, and satisfaction. Learners also synthesize research in order to identify, assess, and integrate motivational strategies and apply models of performance enhancement.

5 quarter credits

 

 

Total

 

 

At least 104 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

Please note that some courses within this program have prerequisites that are not listed as required courses, which may increase the total number of courses needed to complete this program.

Courses without a PSY designation may be worth fewer than five quarter credits. Learners must carefully plan their elective courses to ensure that total credit requirements for the degree are met. Special topics courses in the Harold Abel School of Psychology can be used as an option to complete the total required credits needed for graduation.

What can I expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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