Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Grand Canyon University's Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology (PhD) with an Emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology was developed for individuals interested in becoming behavioral experts in the workplace. Rigor and methods of psychology are applied to issues of critical relevance to business, including talent management, coaching, assessment, selection, training, organizational development, performance and work-life balance. Those with an Emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology often pursue careers as consultants, staff psychologists, researchers, or teachers at the university level.

With an Emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, doctoral learners gain an in-depth study of how individuals behave in a variety of settings. Learners will study and examine the methods and principles, human behavior at work and employee-management relationships. Topics also include exploring methods for accelerating individual, group and organizational performance through consulting, coaching and change management. Leadership theories, models, styles and best practices will also be explored.

In earning a PhD in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, learners will also examine empirical, research-based approaches to understanding mental and thought processes including memory, reasoning, intelligence, motivation and learning. Learners will examine the social, group and multicultural factors affecting individual behavior, the influence of mass communication on social awareness and control. The construction, analysis and interpretation of psychological tests to measure learning outcomes are also taught.

Learners are advised to inquire directly with their state if they intend to pursue licensure, as this degree does not lead directly to licensure in and of itself. Entry to this program requires a graduate degree and related coursework.

For those seeking a doctoral level degree designed for those in leadership, and change management roles, you may also want to consider:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance Psychology

For some individuals, a doctoral degree may seem out of reach. At Grand Canyon University, we have designed our PhD program to include an integrated dissertation process, two hands-on residencies, as well as a dynamic, virtual community to help keep learners connected and provide support throughout the doctoral journey.

Program SOC

Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary
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