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Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Make Your Mark in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Academically and Practically!

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Industrial and Organizational Psychology, PhD

Ask any company in any industry and, invariably, you’ll be told that their number one resource is their people. In every aspect of business, from leadership to frontline workers, nothing happens without people making it happen. Industrial/organizational (IO) psychology is the connective space between human behaviors and business. IO psychology experts help businesses maximize human resources to achieve greater success across departments and throughout the company.

If you want to take your career, and your company, to the next level, and you believe a better understanding of psychology principles, research methods, and human behaviors can help you do it, then you need to take your education to the next level. Discover how to motivate staff, build teams, analyze group behaviors, and develop real-world workforce solutions with a Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Keiser University.

At a Glance

Credit Hours

60 Credit Hours


20 Courses


36 - 48 Months*

Week Terms

8 Week Terms

Credit Info

18 credits of transfer credit

Quick Info

Career opportunities in research, academics, human resource leadership, and more.



Financial Aid

Financial aid for those who qualify**

** Speak with a dedicated financial aid counselor to explore all your financial aid and funding options.

* Time to degree completion is an estimate, not intended as a guarantee, and can vary based on many case-by-case factors.

Program Overview

Keiser University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial/Organizational Psychology program uses a scholar-practitioner model to encourage the integration of cutting-edge research with classroom experience and real-world application. This includes an emphasis on the behavior of individuals in businesses and organizations to determine how to improve performance and productivity for that organization. Graduates of the industrial/ organizational PhD program will be able to apply relevant research and theory using quantitative skills at work every day. Students will learn how to factor human behavior into the business equation to motivate productivity, build resilient leadership, support diverse cultures, and manage organizational change. The demand for skilled psychology experts in the business world remains strong as organizations of all sizes seek strong, qualified candidates to navigate challenging and evolving professional landscapes. Students can expect rigorous classroom instruction and in-depth research experiences.

Student First Philosophy

Featuring a “Student First” mentality, Keiser University is committed to providing the education students need to excel in their careers and their lives—whether that is in this PhD organizational psychology program or one of our dozens of other graduate programs. Our commitment to putting students first leads us to offer several learning options, including both on-campus and online program delivery formats.

Through this psychology Doctor of Philosophy program, we help students prepare to achieve career goals in relevant fields where a PhD in psychology can make all the difference.

Know Your “WHY”
Commit to Graduation

The industrial/organizational PhD program is a specialization designed to help professionals apply their better understanding of human behavior in the workplace to help businesses to improve performance, job satisfaction, health, and more.

What Can You Expect to Learn

This PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Keiser University enables students to contribute to the profession through independent learning, scholarship, and research. Upon completion of this industrial/organizational PhD program, students will be able to:

  • Better understand general psychological principles and theories, including motivation, learning, emotion, and behavior
  • Appreciate diversity in individuals and the global community
  • Add to the body of psychological knowledge by applying principles of effective research methods, evaluating problems, developing research strategies, designing and conducting psychological research, interpreting and evaluating research data, and formulating grounded conclusions
  • Apply psychology to the practical problems faced by people at work in a variety of organizations
  • Develop and publicize new knowledge in the field of Industrial/Organizational Psychology through dissertation work

Communicate effectively in writing through organizing, thinking critically, and communicating ideas and information in documents, presentations, and publications.

Program Prerequisites

Keiser University offers two matriculating paths toward earning a Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Take your human resources career to the next level by pursuing coursework for your PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology online or on campus through the:

  • Traditional Path: Graduate students enter the PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Baccalaureate Entry: Students may skip earning a relevant MA or MS degree to enter the industrial/organizational PhD program with a bachelor’s degree in psychology or related behavioral science from an accredited institution — an additional 18 graduate semester hours of coursework, including a dissertation, is required

No GRE is required for any of Keiser University’s psychology programs, including this PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Note: Dissertation courses are eight-weeks in length and students are scheduled for two dissertation courses per semester.

Program Outline

To receive a Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial/Organizational Psychology degree, students with a master’s degree must earn 60 graduate semester credit hours as described below.

  • Foundation Courses
    Research, Ethics, and Scholarly Writing 3.0 credit hours
    Cognitive & Affective Basis of Behavior 3.0 credit hours
    Theories of Learning and Motivation 3.0 credit hours
    Sociocultural Basis of Behavior 3.0 credit hours
    Cross-Cultural Methods of Test and Measurements 3.0 credit hours
    Research Courses
    Quantitative Research I 3.0 credit hours
    Quantitative Research II 3.0 credit hours
    Research Design and Qualitative Methods 3.0 credit hours
    Research Theory, Design, and Methods 3.0 credit hours
    Advanced Research 3.0 credit hours
    PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Core Courses
    Psychometrics 3.0 credit hours
    Organizational Psychology 3.0 credit hours
    Personnel Psychology 3.0 credit hours
    Interventions in Social Systems 3.0 credit hours
    Organizational Applications 3.0 credit hours
    Testing and Assessment in Organizations 3.0 credit hours
    Dissertation Courses
    Dissertation 12 credit hours (6 courses at 2 credits each)

    Note: Doctoral students must complete two residencies: one in the first year of the program and the second prior to dissertation.

    • Doctor of Philosophy Residency One
    • Doctor of Philosophy Residency Two

Career Pathways in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Upon graduation, you will have earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial/Organizational Psychology as well as gained the abilities you need to:

  • Develop systems for hiring, motivating, training, and understanding people at work
  • Coach employees, build teams, analyze surveys, and effect organizational design
  • Research work-family balance, work stress, conflict, and employee engagement
  • And more!

Through this advanced graduate program, you will possess a deeper understanding of the psychological essentials—from next-level research methods to workplace-centered human behaviors as well as the skills needed to pursue and excel in relevant leadership, consulting, or research positions, such as:

  • Lead researcher on workplace behavior
  • Consultant for employee productivity
  • Training specialist
  • HR consultant
  • Workforce analyst
  • Evaluation and assessment manager
  • Psychology department faculty
  • And more!

Start Your PhD Organizational Psychology Program Now!

Whether you are searching for a campus-based IO psychology program in Florida or online, Keiser University has the PhD program you need to take the next step in your career. Got questions? From admission requirements to residencies to our methodology for online learning, we have answers. Learn more about the Industrial/Organizational Psychology PhD program today by Requesting More Info now!

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