Addressing organizational challenges 
through applied psychology.

Addressing organizational challenges
through applied psychology.

Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology Curriculum

Adler University’s fully online Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology is a 75 credit-hour program, including a minimum of 12 credits toward dissertation. Coursework is in key I/O areas, as well as two advanced research courses.

Program Prerequisites

Applicants are expected to have adequate coursework in the areas listed below. Applicants who did not graduate from Adler University’s Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology or an equivalent program will be assessed to determine whether they have adequate coursework in the following master’s-level course areas, with a letter grade of B or better. Students who have not completed prerequisite coursework will need to complete additional master’s-level courses within the first two course periods of the doctoral program.

Course areas and equivalent courses at Adler:

  • MIO-502: Organizational Theory or MAOP-570: Foundations of Organizational Psychology
  • MIO-504: Organizational Development and Change or MAOP-580: Organizational Development and Change
  • One graduate-level statistics course (MIO-506: Statistics or MAOP-525: Statistical Methods at Work)
  • One graduate-level research methods course (MIO-503: Research Methods or MAOP-546: Research Methods in Organizational Psychology)

Successful completion of this program includes the following coursework:

  • History and Systems of Psychology in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues
  • Advanced Organizational Theory
  • Advanced Organizational Development and Change
  • Advanced Statistics in I/O Psychology
  • Job and Task Analysis
  • Advanced Consulting Skills
  • Attitude Theory, Measurement, and Change
  • Advanced Research Methods and Design I: Qualitative Methods
  • Advanced Research Methods and Design II: Quantitative Methods
  • Advanced Human Factors
  • Assessment of Individual Differences
  • Advanced Talent Management and Motivation
  • Leadership and Management
  • Advanced Performance Management and Feedback
  • Advanced Recruitment, Selection, and Placement
  • Advanced Group Dynamics
  • Advanced Training and Development Training
  • Doctoral Qualifying Examination Seminar
  • Socially Responsible Practice Seminar I
  • Socially Responsible Practice Seminar II
  • Dissertation
  • Social Justice Practicum I-IV

Find course descriptions and more information in the Adler University Course Catalog at

Social Justice Practicum

The Social Justice Practicum (SJP) is a first-year, non-clinical and non-discipline specific experiential practicum that begins in the second course period of the student’s program.  Students gain the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to utilize collective power and social justice strategies to build a more equitable society. The SJP is designed to help students learn how to work alongside different communities as agents of social change; and serves as the catalyst for students to realize and understand their own strengths and responsibility to contribute to social equity. The SJP unites our academic institution and larger communities, which is an anchor of student learning at Adler University.  This experiential learning process includes attending monthly workshops to explore civics, intersectionality, and community organizing and completing a practicum at community-based organizations to work on projects that will strengthen the social justice missions of our community partner members. Click here to learn more about the Social Justice Practicum.