PhD in Organizational Psychology
The Organizational Psychology PhD program at the San Francisco campus of Alliant International University covers three primary areas of training: theory, research and professional practice. Informing all areas is a focus on multicultural and international applications of behavioral science and management-related knowledge and skills.
A COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM
Required and elective courses cover:
- Organizational theory
- Scientific foundations of organizational psychology
- Group development
- Consulting skills
- Intervention skills
- Leading/facilitating organizational change
- Research design and statistical methods applications.
. . TAILORED TO YOUR TASTE
Students can customize their education and develop expertise and experience in the areas of most interest through electives, fieldwork training and the choice of topic for the required PhD dissertation. A special benefit of this program is the ability to choose electives from other Alliant departments, such as clinical psychology and education.
REAL-WORLD APPLICATIONS MAKE ACADEMICS COME ALIVE
Internship/fieldwork placements provide ongoing opportunities to apply classroom knowledge about diagnosis and intervention in real-world environments, under the mentorship of experts in the field. Our students also develop professional practice-related skills through class projects, in-class simulations and a semester-long supervised fieldwork-based applied project.
VARIED SETTINGS FOR THE BROADEST EXPERIENCE
Supervised internship/field experiences are typically offered in a variety of settings such as:
- Consulting firms
- Major corporations
- Government agencies
- Not-for-profit community organizations.
You can attend the doctoral program on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students may complete the doctoral degree within four to five years; part-time attendance commonly takes five to six years. (A major variable in program length is the nature and complexity of the dissertation topic and the research approach.)
ALL PATHS LEAD TO CAREER SUCCESS
Our doctoral graduates enter a variety of professional careers. Some pursue careers as organizational, management, or human resources development consultants with large or specialized consulting firms. Others accept internal positions with private and public sector companies.
Some develop their own organization and management consulting practices. And still others provide professional training and teach in higher education settings.
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INTERN AT YOUR OFFICE
If you’re employed fulltime, you may be able to arrange a supervised field project where you work. Please note that in most cases, projects must be substantially different than the work you do every day.ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR TRANSFER CREDIT?
If you have earned a graduate degree, have previous graduate work or a research-based master’s thesis in organizational psychology or a closely related field, you may be eligible for transfer credit for some required or elective courses. Contact admissions for details and requirements.