Program Overview

Our PhD in Organizational Psychology Degree Program will enable you to break down the barriers that separate us in the workplace and build bridges that connect the diverse perspectives we all bring to the conference table. This program is for forward-thinkers who are emboldened with the knowledge that the individual is just as important as the whole, and that for the whole to succeed, it starts with the individual.

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Program Highlights


Prepare for a variety of jobs across industries like healthcare, entertainment, hospitality, technology, and more.

Hands-On Training

Throughout your program, you’ll be able to put your education to the test within organizations to diagnose institutional problems and tactically improve upon existing strategies, processes, and systems.

Compelling Coursework

You will explore courses like: Conflict Management, Individual and Executive Coaching, Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior, and many more.

Industrial Psychologist Ranked as Second-Best Job in Science

Great news for our Organizational Psychology students and alumni—US News and World Report has ranked Industrial Psychologist as the second-best job in science! Read more here.

Organizational Psychology Internships: Putting Theory to the Real-World Test

A distinguishing feature of CSPP’s Organizational Psychology PhD program is the integration of courses, seminars, research and professional training with field experience.

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

Hands-On Training Side-By-Side with Experts

All students gain practical experience through supervised internships across a variety of settings such as consulting firms, major corporations, government agencies, and community organizations.

Field placements and/or internships provide students with hands-on training in:

  • Organizational systems
  • The diagnosis of organizational problems
  • The design, implementation and evaluation of intervention strategies.

Full-Time or Part-Time Internships

While many doctoral students participate in two years of half-time (15-22 hours per week) placements, in some programs students obtain one-year full-time or half-time internships that take place throughout the United States or sometimes abroad.

Dynamic Internship Opportunities

Examples of internships for doctoral students include:

  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Stanford University Human Resources
  • Edison
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • City of Hope
  • Coach Source

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Frequently Asked Questions

An Organizational Psychology PhD most frequently leads to a career in organizational psychology (sometimes referred to as Industrial-Organizational psychology, or I-O psychology). This term is used somewhat generally and can describe a wide variety of job duties and career options under its umbrella, and the field as a whole is expecting some extraordinary job growth from now until 2022—over 50%! In fact, its projected growth rate of 53% makes it the fastest-growing field across all disciplines in the entire nation because of the newfound emphasis in companies to improve the efficiency of their organizations and the ability for organizational psychologists to show causality between their contribution and improved performance of their business or organization.

Graduates of the PhD in Organizational Psychology degree program often work in corporate settings, holding positions such as personnel analyst, project leader, human resources partner or manager, or in consulting positions—either in external research or internal organization—for their companies or organizations. They can also work in positions such as: talent development, instructional design, talent coaching, union organizers and representatives, diversity and management analysis, and more.

Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education. Alliant International University is pleased to be able to offer a significant number of institutional scholarships to many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities at:

Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more about your financial aid options here.

The PhD in Organizational Psychology program offers its students two concentrations—Executive Coaching and Strategic Human Resource Management—and one specialization, Consulting Psychology. The concentrations consist of three 3-credit courses that are taken during the third and fourth years in the program, as part of the regular degree-completion process. The Consulting Psychology Specialization is an 11-course, 23-credit specialization that both supplements the main curriculum, and replaces several courses in the main curriculum as well.

The Organizational Psychology PhD is offered as a semester-long program and is open for enrollment during the Spring and Fall enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our 2018-2019 Fall Semester academic calendar here.

The PhD in Organizational Psychology degree is a 98-credit program and takes a minimum of 4 years to complete, across 8 semesters.

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Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.

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The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) is Alliant’s cornerstone school and was built on a legacy of thought leadership, multicultural competence, and quality of care. CSPP’s programs pair hands-on professional practice with academic rigor in order to prepare the next generation of psychologists and mental health care professionals.

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