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Doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (PhD)

The PhD in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology prepares graduates to conduct scientific research and compile and analyze complex data sets examining problems that challenge companies and employees. I/O psychologists study issues such as, but not limited to, working styles, employee morale and office productivity. They are an invaluable asset in policy-making; organizational development; and employee training, screening and selection.

Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall
Program Type: Doctorate
All PhD students take 14 foundation courses, three developmental electives and six I/O specialty courses. However, as with most PhD programs, coursework only gives you the basic building blocks of becoming an I/O psychologist. The majority of your apprenticeship learning will occur outside of the classroom, through faculty research, your own research and your multiple mentoring relationships with both faculty and other PhD students.
Adrian Thomas
, Program Director

Expectations & Requirements


Doctoral students will:

  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of psychological principles and techniques at an advanced level, gaining expertise through courses and through research and applied projects
  • Write high-quality research reports, commensurate with what is published in research journals
  • Plan and execute research on significant psychological problems and gain the ability to use statistical principles and techniques to design psychological experiments
  • Present psychological material verbally to professional audiences and in a classroom setting
  • Develop a new framework for thinking about the world
  • Become an I/O psychologist

Sample Courses

  • Personnel Selection
  • Employee Satisfaction and Motivation
  • Job Analysis
  • Performance Management
  • Groups and Teams
  • Statistics
  • Multivariate Statistics
  • Psychometrics


I/O psychologists with PhDs work for businesses, nonprofits, government bodies, research institutes, consulting firms, and as independent consultants. They also may teach in colleges and universities. I/O psychology remains one of the fastest growing and most lucrative occupations and is predicted to remain so through at least 2021.


"One of the first things a student is taught in any I/O program is that the people make the place. This sentiment surely shines through, in a good way, in the culture of the I/O program at Roosevelt. As a student, I feel supported by my professors; they are open and readily available to help any student with any issue related to school or otherwise. Further, all students are willing and able to help each other, and no one is afraid to ask questions. As a program, we seek to build each other up as we represent our department and our school; we all want to see each other succeed and will do as much as we can in accomplishing that goal."
Adam Roebuck - I/O Psychology PhD Student
"RU I/O psychology offers many benefits. Our faculty cover a range of interests and experience from scientist to practitioner — specifically, our research and training straddle the boundary of the academic and real world. We consistently seek to provide research and experiences to our students that is both academically rigorous yet meaningful to the real world of work."
Jackie Deuling
Associate Professor, Roosevelt University

  • Online Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities within the United States. Coursework completed outside the U.S. requires a Foreign Credential Evaluation to be submitted.
  • Letter of Intent outlining your personal and professional goals, why you are interested in this program, and how it will help you achieve your goals
  • Official GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • English Language Proficiency: All international students and individuals who completed a degree program outside the United States are required to meet this requirement. 
  • Deadline is February 1.
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