Industrial Organizational Psychology, M.S., Ph.D.

Saint Louis University’s doctoral program in industrial-organizational psychology offers the research, assessment and intervention skills to advance your scientific study of the workplace and improve organizational performance and individual well-being.

About the Program

SLU’s Ph.D. program in industrial-organizational psychology focuses using applied methodologies, intervention strategies and organization theory. Training in research and intervention strategies draws on diverse topics including:

  • Systems and process consultation
  • Organizational assessment
  • Organizational behavior change
  • Social action research
  • Organizational development
  • Program evaluation


SLU’s industrial-organizational psychology students have recently held internships at the following organizations:

  • Anheuser-Busch Cos.
  • Ford Motor Co.
  • Humane Society of Missouri
  • Monsanto
  • Nestle Purina
  • St. Louis Public Schools
  • Veterans Hospital Administration
Program Highlights

In the doctoral program in industrial-organizational psychology, you will learn to design organizational interventions, help train and develop employees, implement change programs, and assess the structure and function of various organizations.

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 worksite, to the implementation and evaluation of change programs, and to the assessment and research of the structure and function of organizations.

Curriculum and Program Details

This program requires that students complete a minimum of 68 credit hours (or the equivalent for students who enroll with a master's degree in industrial-organizational psychology). In addition to coursework and professional training activities,  industrial-organizational psychologystudents must complete and successfully defend an empirical thesis and dissertation.

Psychology General Degree Requirements
  • PSY 6030: Human Diversity (1 Credit Hour)
  • PSY 6800: Ethics and Professional Issues (1 Credit Hour)
  • PSY 5080: Advanced Experimental Methods (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 5930: Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 6500: Multivariate Analysis (3 Credit Hours)
  • Advanced methods or statistics course (3 Credit Hours)
  • Advanced methods or statistics course: I-0 Requirement (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 5990: Master’s Thesis Research (6 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 6950: Written and Oral Preliminary Examinations (0 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 6990: Dissertation Research (12 Credit Hours)
Industrial-Organizational Requirements

The following courses are required for a Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology. You can also participate in an industrial-organizational practicum and/or internship.

  • PSY 5460: Advanced Organizational Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
  • One graduate-level non-industrial-organizational course offered by the psychology department and approved by the student's advisor and instructor.
  • Nine of the following courses selected by student with adviser approval. Up to nine hours may be taken from the complementary courses and at least one course must be taken outside of psychology:
      • PSY 5410: Industrial Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
      • PSY 5470: Psychology of Small Groups (3 Credit Hours)
      • PSY 6490: Organizational Change and Development (3 Credit Hours)
      • PSY 6490:Organizational Assessment PSY (3 Credit Hours)
      • PSY 6490: Organizational Learning (3 Credit Hours)
      • PSY 6490: Training and Development (3 Credit Hours)
      • PSY 6630: Consultation Skills (3 Credit Hours)
      • PSY XXXX: Special Topics in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
  • Complementary Course Options
      • PSY 5100: History of Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
      • PSY 5120: Cognition (3 Credit Hours)
      • PSY 5300: Advanced Social Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
      • PSY 5310: Advanced Personality Theory (3 Credit Hours)
      • PSY 6000: Teaching of Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
      • CMM 5180: Organizational Communication (3 Credit Hours)
      • DSCB 6370: Managerial Dynamics, Simulation and Games (3 Credit Hours)
      • IBSB 5320: Managing Cultural Differences (3 Credit Hours)
      • MGTB 6100: Management of Human Resources (3 Credit Hours)
      • MGTB 6200: New Venture Initiation (3 Credit Hours)
      • MGTB 6350: Management of Change (3 Credit Hours)
      • BSHC 5000: Behavioral Science and Public Health (3 Credit Hours)
      • BSHC 6100: Community Analysis, Organization and Change (3 Credit Hours)
      • CMHC 5000: Health Care Organizations (3 Credit Hours)
      • HAC 5300: Management of Healthcare Organizations (3 Credit Hours)
  • Participation in a professional activity group for six semesters (0 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 5850: Professional Activity Projects (0 Credit Hours)
  • Michael Anch, Ph.D.
  • Kira Hudson Banks, Ph.D.
  • Tony W. Buchanan, Ph.D.
  • Eddie M. Clark, Ph.D.
  • Phyllis Terry Friedman, Ph.D.
  • Annie Garner, Ph.D.
  • Jeffrey D. Gfeller, Ph.D.
  • Paul J. Handal, Ph.D.
  • Richard D. Harvey, Ph.D.
  • Dustin K. Jundt, Ph.D.
  • David A. S. Kaufman, Ph.D.
  • Ronald T. Kellogg, Ph.D.
  • Kristin Kiddoo, Ph.D.
  • Challis Kinnucan, Ph.D.
  • Brenda Kirchhoff, Ph.D.
  • Janet E. Kuebli, Ph.D.
  • Donna J. LaVoie, Ph.D.
  • Kimberly K. Powlishta, Ph.D.
  • Michael J. Ross, Ph.D.
  • Cort Rudolph, Ph.D.
  • Edward J. Sabin, Ph.D.
  • Mindy K. Shoss, Ph.D.
  • Bryan W. Sokol, Ph.D.
  • Jillon S. Vander Wal, Ph.D.
  • Jill Waring, Ph.D.
  • Ruth H. Warner, Ph.D.
  • Terri L. Weaver, Ph.D.
  • Jeremiah Weinstock, Ph.D.
  • Lisa Willoughby, Ph.D.

Our graduates are fully prepared to practice as industrial-organizational psychologists, applying the principles of psychology to human resources, management, marketing and more. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the mean annual salary of this occupation as $90,070.

Alumni of SLU’s industrial-organizational psychology program are employed at organizations such as:

  • Ameren UE
  • Boeing
  • Frito-Lay
  • Illinois Office of Education
  • Metropolitan Life
  • Pfizer
  • Psychological Associates
  • St. Mary’s College
Tuition and Fees

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Scholarships and Financial Aid
 SLU’s psychology department offers a variety of assistantships and tuition support to applicants, as well as competitive fellowships. At any given point in time about 95 percent of our students receive some kind of financial assistance.

All applicants to the industrial-organizational psychology program are automatically considered for financial assistance. Students in their third, fourth and fifth years are typically on a practicum, an internship or in a professional position in an organization. Learn more atStudent Financial Services.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants with only bachelor's degrees must apply to the Master of Science degree program and will eventually petition to the Ph.D. program. Those who have earned a M.S. degree in psychology will apply directly to the Ph. D. degree program.  

Applicants should possess an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher, 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), a minimum combined score of 300 (verbal and quantitative reasoning) on GRE Revised General Test and a review of TOEFL scores (for international applicants).

You’ll need the following items to apply:

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Three letters of recommendation
GRE scores
Professional goal statement

Requirements for International Students

Assistantship Application Deadline

Students who want to be considered for an assistantship must submit their application by Dec. 1.

Review Process

Applications are reviewed wholly by a committee of psychology department faculty members.

Practical Experience

Practica and Internship Opportunities

Supervised applied experience is essential for good training in SLU’s doctoral psychology program. While it is not required, most of our students take advantage of a vast network of professional connections that the program has established in St. Louis and complete practica (i.e., short-term projects) and/or internships (a one-year minimum commitment). Many students finish the program with two to three years of professional experience, making them attractive to potential employers.