Roosevelt University in Chicago, Schaumburg and Online - Logo

Ph.D. Program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology


From left to right: Adrian Thomas, Ed Wygonik, Guy Di Spigno, Mike Helford, Jackie Deuling, Toshio Murase, Joe Mazzola

Program Description

  • Focused in Chicago: Roosevelt's graduate I-O program is located at its Chicago campus. Not only are students able to take classes amidst the beautiful Chicago skyline, but the campus' prime location allows students the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom at organizations all over the Chicagoland area.

  • Large, Dedicated I-O Faculty: Students in the program are prepared for a number of positions in both academic and applied settings. Roosevelt currently has 7 faculty dedicated to the I-O program. Roosevelt I-O faculty have applied experiences with organizations all over the country AND they are research active (30 publications in peer-reviewed outlets since 2010). The program is built around the "Scientist-Practitioner Model" and is staffed with true I-O Scientist/Practitioners. 

  • Apprenticeship Focus: Students work closely with faculty to develop skills related to the science and practice of I-O. As such, students are provided with individualized support so as to bolster the students' skills from the outset.

The Department of Psychology's Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology is based on the scientist-practitioner model of professional training and stresses the importance of apprenticeship, emphasizing working closely with faculty on research and applied projects outside of the classroom. The program is relatively new and enrolled its first class in the Fall 2012 term.

Generally, M.A. and Ph.D degrees in I-O psychology have different foci. An M.A. degree is an applied degree that prepares students for application of I-O psychology by focusing on practical skills. The Ph.D is a research degree that prepares students to conduct scientific research and analyze data with a higher degree of sophistication.


First-year students are matched with a faculty advisor who best fits their research interests. Upon being matched with an advisor, students have the opportunity to work closely on research under that advisor. They are also encouraged, if they so choose, to seek opportunities with other faculty so as to refine their specific interests. Students in the program are exposed to a number of to I-O topics early in their graduate careers. Further, they have presented and published in a number of outlets. For more information on faculty expertise, please click here

Applied Projects

Aside from research, students have the unique opportunity to be involved in a number of applied projects. Many of these projects are through the Organizational Effectiveness Consulting Center (OECC). Following the scientist/practitioner model, students obtain experiences to apply their knowledge obtained in the classroom to real world workplace problems and enhance organizational effectiveness.