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Online | Doctorate

Industrial and Organizational
Psychology (Ph.D.)

Program Overview

Program Overview

Adler University’s online Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology trains students to be forward-thinking, socially responsible organizational experts who draw on scientific research to gain a deeper understanding of motivation and how to maximize human potential. Our graduates bring expertise in psychology, decision making, leadership, statistics, and research methods to workplaces, offering fiscally and ethically guided recommendations to shape culture and drive performance.

Our innovative doctoral curriculum combines our social justice-driven mission with the core concepts learned in an I/O master’s program. Applications are reinforced through real-world practice, preparing students to work with organizations addressing some of today’s most pressing issues.

Graduates of the Industrial and Organizational Psychology program go on to foster psychologically healthy environments in fields as diverse as consulting, corporate enterprise, nonprofits, academia, and the public sector.

Curriculum

Curriculum

Adler University’s fully online Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology is a 90-credit hour, post-bachelor’s program. Students who enter the program with a closely related M.A. or M.S. degree can transfer in up to 36 credit hours and complete their Ph.D. degree in as few as 3 years. Coursework is in key I/O areas, as well as two advanced research courses.

Program Requisites
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 (INDS-502: 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 required coursework
  • History and Systems of Psychology in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues
  • Advanced Organizational Development and Change
  • Advanced Statistics in I/O Psychology
  • Job and Task Analysis
  • Advanced Research Methods and Design I: Qualitative Methods
  • Advanced Research Methods and Design II: Quantitative Methods
  • Advanced Human Factors
  • Leadership and Management
  • Advanced Recruitment, Selection, and Placement
  • Advanced Group Dynamics
  • Advanced Training and Development Training
  • Doctoral Qualifying Examination Seminar
  • Socially Responsible Practice Seminar I
  • Dissertation
  • Social Justice Practicum I-IV
Students must select or transfer in up to 24 credits of elective coursework:
  • Consumer and Employee Attitudes (3 credits)
  • Group Dynamics (3 credits)
  • Coaching and Consulting (3 credits)
  • Training Theory (3 credits)
  • Advanced Organizational Theory (3 credits)
  • Advanced Consulting Skills (3 credits)
  • Attitude Theory, Measurement, and Change (3 credits)
  • Assessment of Individual Differences (3 credits)
  • Advanced Talent Management and Motivation (3 credits)
  • Advanced Performance Management and Feedback (3 credits)

Find course descriptions and more information in the Adler University course catalog here.

Social Justice Practicum

Social Justice Practicum

Doing is learning. A unique and proven program designed to give students real world experience throughout their time at Adler University, the Social Justice Practicum is a required 200-hour internship that spans four courses (or terms for online programs). Every student is given a number of civic-minded categories to choose from. They submit their desired areas of interest. After which, they are assigned a specific and aligned community outreach site where they will work 8 to 10 hours per week.

Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes

Careers

Graduates of the Industrial and Organizational Psychology program go on to foster psychologically healthy environments in fields as diverse as consulting, corporate enterprise, nonprofits, academia, and the public sector.

Earn your Industrial and Organizational Psychology Ph.D. degree fully online from an institution that shares your values of social justice and community-based solutions.

Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements

Applicants to this program are required to have:

  • A master’s degree, by the date of matriculation, in industrial and organizational psychology, psychology, business, or a related discipline. Applicants who did not graduate from Adler University’s Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology or an equivalent program may be required to complete the equivalency requirements in addition to the doctoral curriculum. (See Program Requisites below.)
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) in their master’s degree. Successful applicants typically have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale for graduate-level coursework.
  • Two letters of recommendation from an individual who can speak to the applicant’s likelihood of success in a doctoral program.*
  • A writing sample (e.g., a publication, report, or an essay or paper previously submitted as an assignment).
  • An admissions interview.

*Applicants who are graduates or current students, in good standing, from Adler University master’s degree programs may have one letter of recommendation, the writing sample, and/or interview waived.

Program Requisites
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 need to complete additional master’s-level courses, will need to do so within the first five course periods of the doctoral program.

Online Learning Format

Online Learning Format

Adler University approaches online learning with the same commitment to academic excellence and student support that has been the hallmark of our 65-year history. Our innovative online graduate courses deliver an engaging, interactive learning experience designed to accommodate your busy schedule.

Online learning offers a great deal of independence and flexibility, but that doesn’t mean that you’re alone. Our online student body is supported by the same administrative and academic staff who serve our on-campus students. Your instructors are also available to answer your questions, provide more information, and connect you with additional resources to help you succeed. In addition, your cohort classmates will be a source of ongoing support and collaboration as you progress through your degree program, and well after graduation.

Change the World From
Anywhere in the World

You may have a fulltime job, family obligations or other things that command your attention. We get it. That said, you have a passion to make the world a better place. We have online programs that are crafted and curated to give you skills to make it happen.

No matter where in the world or in life you are.

Adler is a tight knit community of radical thinkers and doers. Know, that as an online student, you are not alone. You are one of us. The work you will be asked to do, will be the same as every other Adler student. The skills you will learn will be just as powerful. And the degree you will receive, will speak just as loudly.

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