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Industrial-Organizational Psychology (Psychology) | Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The purpose of specialty training in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Saint Louis University is to prepare doctoral-level professionals with the research, assessment and intervention skills to impact organizations, groups, and individuals at work.

The focus of specialty training is on the application of knowledge to industrial-organizational issues using applied methodologies and intervention strategies, as well as organization theory. Training in research and intervention strategies draws on such diverse areas as the following:

  • Systems and Process Consultation
  • Organizational Assessment
  • Organizational Behavior Change
  • Social Action Research
  • Organization Development
  • Program Evaluation

Through supervised professional experience students are expected to apply training to the planning and designing of organizational interventions, to the training and developing of people at the work site, to the implementation and evaluation of change programs, and to the assessment and research of the structure and function of organizations. Our unique focus on the organizational side of Industrial-Organizational Psychology allows us to graduate both practitioners and academics.

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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Fall: Dec. 1 (International: Dec. 1) Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G scores; Resume; Professional Goal Statement

(Advantages of the web application)
Spring: No admittance
Summer: No admittance
E-mail: iopsych@slu.edu
Tel. No.: 314.977.3678
Admission Coordinator: Richard D. Harvey, Ph.D.
Program Director: Edward J. Sabin, Ph.D.

Assistantship Application Deadline: December 1

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.

Applicant Criteria

  • Applicants with Bachelor's degrees only must apply to the M.S. degree program and will eventually petition to the Ph. D. program.
  • An applicant who already has earned a Master's of Science degree in Psychology will apply to the Ph. D. degree program.  
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher 
  • Minimum combined score of 300 (verbal + quantitative reasoning) on GRE Revised General Test
  • A review of TOEFL scores (for International applicants)

Psychology Application Review Process

  • Applications are reviewed by a committee of Psychology Dept. faculty members
  • The committee examines and reviews the applicant and application wholly

Admission Statistics

  • A diversified undergraduate education, including the equivalent of a psychology minor (i.e., a minimum of 18 upper-division hours in psychology, including statistics/research methods) is a requirement for applicants to Industrial-Organizational Psychology graduate education at Saint Louis University.

Credit Hours/Coursework: To complete the program, the student must complete a minimum of 74 hours (or the equivalent for students who enroll with a master's degree in psychology). Students entering the program with a master's degree must present course syllabi and/or other documentation from earlier courses to the current instructors of similar courses taught at Saint Louis University to negotiate transfer credits for the SLU course requirements. | Industrial/Organizational Psychology Curriculum 

Program Description: In this program scientists-practitioners are trained for industrial/organizational careers in corporate consulting, applied research public service and academic settings. | Psychology Graduate Programs

Careers Possibilities: Industrial/Organizational Psychologist. | Industrial-Organizational Psychology PlacementGraduate Education in Psychology | Academic Job Listing sites

Curriculum & Program Details: The purpose of specialty training in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Saint Louis University is to prepare doctoral-level professionals with the research, assessment and intervention skills to impact organizations, groups, and individuals at work. The focus of specialty training is on the application of knowledge to industrial-organizational issues using applied methodologies and intervention strategies, as well as organization theory. Training in research and intervention strategies draws on such diverse areas as the following: Systems and Process Consultation, Organizational Assessment, Organizational Behavior Change, Social Action Research, Organization Development and Program Evaluation. | Industrial-Organizational Psychology

About the Psychology Faculty: The industrial/Organizational Psychology faculty hold Ph.D. degrees and teach both undergraduate and graduate courses. Furthermore, they conduct research with both undergraduate and graduate students that has achieved national recognition. | Psychology Faculty & Staff

Scholarships & Financial Aid: Several graduate assistantships and fellowships are available on a competitive basis. | Student Financial Services at SLU

Program Highlights: Through supervised research and professional experience students are expected to apply training to the planning and designing of organizational interventions, to the training and developing of people at the work site, to the implementation and evaluation of change programs, and to the assessment and research of the structure and function of organizations. The unique focus of the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program allows for students to graduate as scientist-practitioners. | Internships/Practica | Consulting

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