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Industrial Organizational Psychology

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

Internships

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 psychology students must complete and successfully defend an empirical thesis and dissertation.

Required courses include:

  • Human Diversity
  • Ethics and Professional Issues
  • Advanced Experimental Methods
  • Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design
  • Advanced methods or statistics course
  • Thesis research
Faculty
  • 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.
Careers

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
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 at Student 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
Transcript(s)
Three letters of recommendation
GRE scores
Résumé
Interview
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.