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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 uses a scientist-practioner approach to prepare doctoral-level professionals with the knowledge, research abilities, assessment skills, and intervention approaches to impact organizational issues at the individual, group, and systems levels to improve individual well-being, group function, and organizational effectiveness. Some important topics within these levels include:

  • Individual Differences
  • Performance Management
  • Selection
  • Motivation
  • Groups/Teams
  • Organizational development
  • Occupational Health
  • Systems and process consultation
  • Organizational assessment


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

  • Ameren UE
  • Collarelli, Meyer, & Associates
  • John Deere
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Monsanto
  • Nestle Purina
  • Proctor & Gamble
Program Highlights

In the doctoral program in industrial-organizational psychology, you will learn to conduct research on and in organizations as well has how to apply psychological theory, models, and principles in the workplace.

Through supervised research and professional experience, students are trained as science-practioners and are expected to develop competence in research and, if their career goals warrant, organizational consultation.

Curriculum and Program Details
This program requires that students complete a minimum of 73 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/Dissertation research

  • Richard D. Harvey, Ph.D.
  • Dustin K. Jundt, Ph.D.
  • Cort Rudolph, Ph.D.
  • Edward J. Sabin, Ph.D.
  • Candice Thomas, Ph.D.
Affiliated Faculty

  • David C. Munz, Ph.D. (Emeritus)
  • David Zemelman, Ph.D. (Senior Faculty Fellow)
  • Jennifer Giancola, Ph.D. (Secondary Appointment)
  • Matthew Grawitch, Ph.D. (Secondary Appointment)
  • Patrick Maloney, Ph.D. (Affiliated Faculty)
  • Steven L. Winton, Ph.D. (Affiliated Faculty)

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
  • Center for Creative Leadership
  • Monsanto
  • Pfizer
  • Nike
  • FedEx
  • Collarelli, Meyer, & Associates
  • United States Secret Service
  • Metropolitan Life
  • Embry-Riddle University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • DePaul University
  • Appalachian State University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • University of West Florida
Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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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 3.5 or higher, a psychology major (i.e., a minimum of 18 upper-division hours in psychology, including statistics/research methods), a minimum combined score at the 50th percentile (verbal and quantitative reasoning) of the GRE, 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 by a committee of I/O program 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.