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Ph.D. Program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Industrial and Organizational Psychology Ph.D. Program

The I-O Ph.D. program is now accepting applications for the Fall 2015 semester. Review of applications will begin February 1st, 2015. 

Program Description

  • Focused in Chicago: The Ph.D. program is housed at the Chicago campus. Students will have many opportunities to apply what they learn at organizations all over Chicagoland.

  • Large, Dedicated I-O Faculty: 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 2009). The program is built around the "Scientist-Practitioner Model" and is staffed with true I-O Scientist/Practitioners.

  • Apprenticeship Focus: Ph.D. students work closely with faculty to develop skills related to the science and practice of I-O.

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. However, the Ph.D is a research degree that prepares students to conduct scientific research and analyze data with a higher degree of sophistication.

Program News

We recently welcomed our inaugural cohort of Ph.D. students to campus. We are happy to be joined by Alexis Cosco, Sarah Jones, Marlaina Montoya, Long Ngyuen, and Ben Sher. Pictured below are (left to right) Ed Wygonik, Michelle Parker, Brian Siers, Mike Helford, Long Ngyuen, Guy Di Spigno, Jackie Deuling, Adrian Thomas, Alexis Cosco, Joe Mazzola, Sarah Jones, and Ben Sher. Welcome aboard!

Additionally, we would like to welcome our newest faculty member, Toshio Murase, to the program. Toshio received his Ph.D. in I/O psychology from University of Central Florida and conduct research on investigating teams and leadership using social network methods.

Program Curriculum

Applying to the Ph.D. Program

Application Guidelines

  • The doctoral program will admit full-time students at the Chicago campus for fall semester.
  • Review of applications to the program will begin February 1st.
  • Attention: If you encounter any online application issues, please directly contact the director of the Ph.D. program, Adrian Thomas, at

Application Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in psychology, management, business or closely related field. Students entering with a bachelor’s degree will earn a master’s degree (modified from the terminal M.A. offered by the Department of Psychology) during their progression through the doctoral program.
  • Applicants must complete the online Ph.D application form.
  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test Scores.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation.
  • A personal statement demonstrating a clear well-articulated understanding of the expectations and responsibilities of graduate training in industrial and organizational psychology, strong career motivation, and indication of research interests.

Roosevelt considers each applicant on an individual basis and seeks diversity in ethnic and cultural background, education and life experience, and sexual orientation.

Apply to the Ph.D. Program in I-O Psychology