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PhD in Organizational Psychology

Establish Yourself as an Expert in the Field

The doctoral program (PhD) in Organizational Psychology combines coursework in psychology and organizational theory with specialized courses in organizational change and development, industrial psychology, consulting to organizations, and human resources management. The program is offered at three campuses:

  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco

Please note: We are not accepting applications for the Organizational Psychology MA or PhD programs in San Francisco for spring 2015 or fall 2015.

Professional Training & Experience

Students develop professional practice related skills in industrial and organizational psychology and consulting through a variety of professional training experiences including class projects, case studies, in-class simulations, and internship.

The curriculum includes the equivalent of one year of full-time professional training placement, which students complete across a variety of settings, including:

  • consulting firms
  • major corporations
  • government agencies
  • community organizations

Convenient Class Schedule & Shared Curriculum

Courses are offered in a convenient evening and weekend formats. All campuses share the same curriculum, allowing students to access faculty expertise at all campuses and offering the flexibility to take some courses at other campuses.

Concentrations & Specializations

  • Within the doctoral curriculum, students may customize their education and training through elective coursework, professional fieldwork training and dissertation research, to pursue specific areas of professional interest.
  • Doctoral students select either the Strategic Human Resource Management or the Executive Coaching concentration, which are part of the 98-unit PhD program.
  • Students may also pursue the Consulting Psychology specialization, which builds on the Executive Coaching concentration. Students in this specialization take 14 additional units and a special internship supervised by a licensed psychologist, which will better prepare them for licensure. 

The Consultant/Client Relationship

Understanding both sides of the consultant/client relationship is critical to the success of the modern organization. Increasingly, companies use consultants, whether internal to the organization or external contractors, to advise and help managers and executives to design and implement change projects. 

Applied Research

Students in the Organizational Psychology PhD program develop skills in research design, measurement and statistical tools appropriate for basic research, as well as for applied research in such areas as organizational consulting, selection testing, surveys, and program evaluations.

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