Industrial Organizational Psychology

Prepare to Excel in the Industrial Organizational Field

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases rankings of the 20 fastest-growing occupations in the U.S. In a 2013 report, industrial-organizational (I/O) psychologists came in at #1, with a median pay of $83,580 a year and a growth rate of 53 percent between 2012 and 2022*. The purpose of the NCU industrial and organizational psychology specialization is to provide you with an in-depth understanding of people in the world of work. Graduates are prepared to apply principles of I/O psychology in work and organizational settings. You’ll become adept at small group theory and team processes, dynamics of leadership and management, and the structure and procedures of organizational development. The application of tests and measurements and the interpretation of their results as applied to employee selection, performance appraisals, and training evaluations will also be addressed. Under the mentorship of your doctoral professors, you will develop competencies in theory, research and applications of psychology to human behavior in organizations, and conduct advanced research related to the application of organizational and psychological theory to human resource management. The I/O specialization will prepare you for leadership positions in industry, government, consulting, and education.

The NCU Difference

Northcentral University is committed to providing a premier education for our students, and holds the same regional accreditation as other prestigious American universities (WSCUC**). NCU’s Department of Psychology delivers PhD, master’s, bachelor’s, and graduate certificate programs in psychology that emphasize the knowledge, skills, practical application and values that are integral to the field. You will learn from our professors, all of whom hold doctoral degrees, and are experienced professionals in your field of study. Our one-to-one mentoring approach to learning allows you to experience individualized interaction. You'll be learning in a class size of one, so there's no need to worry about dropped classes or waiting lists. NCU’s flexible approach to earning a graduate degree online, includes weekly course starts to fit your schedule. Our online programs allow you to pursue your degree on your time. At NCU, there are no residency requirements, no need to travel to a physical campus and no entrance exams. You determine your schedule, just as you determine your educational outcome. That’s why NCU’s independent study approach is designed for you, the self-motivated student, who seeks a higher degree in their educational journey.

“The flexibility of the NCU experience was one of the things that attracted me to enroll. Working full-time with the Air Force is pretty challenging, and having to go to school is also challenging. Put them together, and it’s a double whammy. Therefore, I really appreciate the fact that NCU provides the flexibility [and] the one-to-one mentorship that really helps individuals be independent enough to pursue their dreams.” – Nery Grieco, PhD in Psychology (2016)

*http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/ecopro_12192013.pdf
**WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, http://www.wascsenior.org.

Note on Licensure: NCU’s psychology programs are not licensure programs and do not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional.

At A Glance

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
PhD-Psy 60 20 48 months View Course Catalog
Post-Master's Cert 18 6 13 months View Course Catalog
Post-Baccalaureate Cert 12 4 6 months View Course Catalog
PHD-BA 60 20 45 months View Course Catalog
DBA 54 18 39 months View Course Catalog

Beyond the specialized courses designed to help you expand your abilities in your chosen field of study and profession; NCU offers the following benefits to students and alumni:

Unmatched Flexibility
Many online programs offer the ability to take courses without leaving your home, but few offer weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations. The option to turn in your assignments as early in the week as you want, provide you the ability to schedule school around your life, not the other way around.

100% Doctoral Faculty
Whether you are completing your bachelor's degree, pursuing your graduate degree, or on the path to earning your doctoral degree, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One to One Engagement
Not only will you learn from a doctor in the field, but you won't have to fight for facetime as one of many within a classroom. At NCU, you'll have the opportunity to interact one to one with your professor to get personalized mentoring.

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology Learning Outcomes

  • Student will be able to appraise theories and principles in psychology to inform professional contexts.
  • Students will be able to evaluate research methods and data analysis in psychology.
  • Student will be able to select psychological principles and research for application to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  • Students will be able to evaluate ethical principles of psychology in academic and professional matters.
  • Students will be able to critique diversity issues in professional contexts.
  • Students will be able to design clear and effective communication for fellow professionals and the public.

Master of Arts in Psychology Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to analyze theories and principles in psychology to inform professional contexts.
  • Students will be able to examine research methods and data analysis in psychology.
  • Students will be able to apply psychological principles and research to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  • Students will be able to relate ethical principles of psychology to academic and professional matters.
  • Students will be able to examine diversity issues in professional contexts.
  • Student will be able to model clear and effective communication for fellow professionals and the public.

*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

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