Industrial Organizational Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
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Industrial Organizational Psychology (I/O) employment is expected to grow 54% this decade. In the PhD-PSY in Industrial Organizational Psychology, you will learn from professors who all hold doctoral degrees to apply psychological theories to critical issues in the fields of business and industry. 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. The I/O specialization will prepare you to assume leadership positions in industry, government, consulting and education.

General Degree Requirements

The PhD in Psychology degree requires a minimum of 60 credit hours at the graduate level beyond the master’s degree.

The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credit hours in transfer toward the doctoral degree for graduate coursework completed at an accredited college or university while enrolled in a doctoral program with a grade of "B" or better.

Completion Period for Doctoral Degrees

Northcentral University allows 7 years to complete all doctoral programs of 60 credits or less. Normal time to complete varies depending upon course take rate and credits transferred in.

Competencies for PhD Programs in Psychology

  • Graduate-Level Research Methods Competency - PhD students are required to complete PSY7103, PSY7106, PSY7108, and PSY7109 at Northcentral.
  • Graduate-Level Statistics Competency - PhD students are required to complete PSY7107 at Northcentral.
  • Computer Competency - Doctoral students are required to have computer skills necessary for completing a dissertation. Students must be able to prepare documents using advanced word processing skills (e.g., creation of tables and figures, headers and footers, page breaks, tables of contents, hanging indents). Students must use computer programs for the statistical analysis of data (e.g., SAS). Students must produce a computer-based presentation (e.g., PowerPoint) for their dissertation oral defense.

See below for specialization courses specific to this program. To learn more, fill out the request information form below or view the course catalog.

Course Code


Course Description


Industrial/Organizational Psychology

This overview course focuses on the wide variety of topics found within the field of I/O psychology such as employee selection, training & development, job analysis, and motivation. Key theories, recent research and innovative applications within the field will be addressed.


Leadership and Management

This course focuses on the research and application of key theories of management and leadership. Distinctions between the practice of management and the construct of leadership will be discussed.


Work Motivation and Attitudes

This course focuses on contemporary theories and research surrounding job attitudes and motivation in the workplace. Strategies for increasing motivation and improving job attitudes as well as important issues such as diversity, workplace misbehavior and stress are addressed.


Organizational Development

This course provides an overview of theory, research and practice related to the implementation and management of change in organizations. The role of culture, climate and leadership in planned organizational change is explored.


Consulting in Business, Education, and Health

Consulting in schools, businesses, and mental health settings requires an array of personal skills, knowledge and information, and techniques. In this course you will learn how to develop the personal skills and understanding of consulting to give you a basis to develop a successful consulting program.


Multivariate Statistical Analysis

The central theme of this course is the general linear statistical model and its derivative methods including multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA), MANCOVA, factor analysis, discriminant analysis, cluster analysis, linear modeling, path analysis and structural equation modeling. The course covers theoretical, computational, and interpretive issues of multivariate exploratory and inferential statistical procedures.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s PhD Psy costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $1,035
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $3,105
  • Program cost: $62,450 - $74,870
  • Average Book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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