Ph.D. in Business Psychology, Consulting Track in D.C.

Program Description

Representing one of the fastest-growing applications of professional psychology, business psychologists work with organizations to leverage the impact that human factors have on overall organizational effectiveness. 

Students in The Chicago School’s Ph.D. in Business Psychology, Consulting Track program learn to apply the principles of business psychology in consulting environments, helping to improve individual, group, and organizational functioning in multiple settings. The Business Psychology doctoral program, offered at our Washington, D.C. Campus, prepares graduates to assume high-level responsibilities in today's global, multicultural business environment.

The Business Psychology curriculum integrates industrial and organizational psychology, clinical psychology, and business coursework, providing students with advanced consulting skills. 

Graduates from our Washington, D.C. Campus emerge with the business acumen needed to effectively assess an organization’s environment, including market conditions, competitive position and options, corporate strategies, stakeholders, organization design and operations, and to appropriately advise the organization on major business initiatives—including: 

  • right-sizings, 
  • mergers and acquisitions, 
  • strategic repositioning, 
  • project management, 
  • change consultation, and 
  • executive succession planning. 

Courses are offered in executive format, with classes meeting at the Washington, D.C. Campus one weekend per month combined with online interaction and assignments between campus visits. Online courses are also available.


Business Psychology



Total Credits

Required completion of 97 units (which includes 36 units from a regionally accredited master’s degree program and 61 units completed in residency)

Fieldwork Requirements

Program Time to Completion


  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution in psychology, behavioral sciences, or management.
  • Students enter the consulting track post-masters. If a student’s master’s degree does not equal 36 credits they will need to complete master level coursework to total 36 credit hours, students can choose from the M.A. in I/O foundational courses.


  • 9 hours of psychology credit with earned grade of C or better, including one course in Statistics


  • N/A

Admission Requirements

GRE Requirements

Sample Courses

Advanced Consulting Skills

This class will focus on the methodology and practice of psychological consultation to businesses and organizations. The overarching objective is for students to develop an in-depth understanding of project management design and implementation. As project management is a general method, this course will apply project management across the wide variety of interventions that a consulting psychologist can offer. Students will examine the different types and scope of consultation that a consulting psychologist will provide. The stages and processes of the various consultations will be detailed and applied. In addition to the methods and procedures of consultation, students will address the customer relationship issues and ethical considerations that are critical to any engagement.

Strategic and Organizational Planning

This course will give students the fundamentals to understand business strategy and organizational effectiveness. The first part of the course will address the concepts and practice of policy formation. It will expand on the marketing, financial, and economic ideas introduced in PB 535. Environment analysis and value chain will lead to assessing business level strategy, corporate level strategy, and competitive actions. The second part of the class will emphasize the organization factors in determining and implementing business policy. Organizational planning will be discussed as aligning the business with the environment through strategy, design, operations, supply chain, and culture. The options of each will examined but students will learn the critical significance of the managing their interdependence.

Change Management

This course will help students advise organizations on to how restructure, reposition, or revitalize itself. This course will be a summary course. The objective is to integrate strategy and organizational due diligence with consultation and change strategies. Within the frame of community development, students will learn to consider the process of change and the techniques of change to various types of organizations. There will be a dual focus. One will focus on the project change management. The second will emphasize psychological change management. Upon completion the student will be able to understand the corporate conditions and change options available to consult on and facilitate transitions ranging from innovation and new technology, merger and acquisition integration, business succession planning, corporate reorganizations, to board governance.

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