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PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Gain the expert knowledge of individual, group, and organizational behavior required to make workplaces more effective and productive in Walden’s PhD in Industrial and Organizational (I-O) Psychology program. By learning to apply the latest, research-based I-O psychology principles to address challenges in the 21st-century workplace, you can gain the skills and credentials needed to advance to high-level roles as an organizational leader, consultant, researcher, or educator.

This program is designed to reflect the professional guidelines set forth by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. It is offered in either a fully online format or an optional blended format that allows for hands-on learning experiences.

Receive a 20% tuition reduction if you reside outside the US and start this program today. Contact one of our enrollment advisors to learn more.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–17 Edition, Psychologists, on the Internet at - tab-6. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this program.

Note on Licensure
The PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

Enrollment process

  1. Complete the Request Information form

  2. An enrollment advisor will contact you to answer your questions.

  3. Choose the program that’s right for you, then apply.

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What Our Students Say:

“Now that I’ve earned my doctorate, I feel like I could do just about anything in my field. I have the expertise to do it.”

Jennifer Leach

Walden Graduate
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Why Our PhD in Industrial and Organizational (I-O) Psychology Program?

  • It's one of the first online doctoral programs in industrial and organizational I-O psychology.
  • Offered in both a fully online and an optional blended format that allows for hands-on learning experiences, this online degree program can be tailored to fit your schedule and career goals. 
  • Eight specializations are designed to reflect global labor market trends in the I-O field, aligned to competencies established by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Consulting Psychology, Forensic Consulting, General Practice, Human Resource Management, Interntional Business, Leadership Development and Coaching, Organizational Diversity and Social Change, and Research and Evaluation.
  • The optional Consulting Skills Intensive 4-day residencyfor students who want to participate in an on-ground, hands-on learning experience for practical applicationfeatures role-play, teamwork, observed integration, and real-time feedback and coaching.
  • All courses are taught by scholar-practitioners—most hold a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology in addition to having experience in the field.
  • Focus on what interests you: Doctoral students at Walden University have the opportunity to focus their dissertation on a subject of particular interest to them.

Industry Statistics

  • With demand for I-O psychologists professionals expected to grow by 19% between 2014 and 2024,* Walden’s PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program can provide the knowledge and credentials you need to lead change in tomorrow’s global workplaces.


  • Consulting Psychology
  • General Practice
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Leadership Development and Coaching
  • Self-Designed

Career Options

As a graduate of Walden’s PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program, your career options may include:

  • Employee development consultant
  • Organizational development practitioner (ODP)
  • Administrator
  • Consultant
  • Director of training
  • I-O Practitioner
  • Organizational consultant
  • Human resources director/consultant
  • Director of research
  • Professor at a university or college
  • Director of data analysis
  • Director of career services
  • Political Strategist

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