Psy.D. in Business Psychology, I/O Track in D.C.

Program Description

The Industrial and Organizational Track, within the Business Psychology Psy.D. program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, prepares students to assume high-level responsibilities in today's global and multicultural business environment. Washington, D.C. Campus students benefit from flexible scheduling options that meet the needs of working professionals. 

Located in the nation's capital—among key government agencies, government contractors, national and international corporations, and non-governmental service organizations—the D.C. Campus is well positioned to develop community partnerships to provide students with important real-world training opportunities.

Our Business Psychology curriculum integrates industrial and organizational psychology, clinical psychology, and business coursework, providing students with advanced knowledge of theory as well as application to a variety of business challenges, including:

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

Students develop an understanding of the way a business functions and grows, learn group and organizational processes and dynamics, and gain the essential assessment, intervention, and consultative skills to help leaders and organizations solve problems, enhance performance, and manage the complexities of today's work environment.


Business Psychology



Total Credits

54 credit hours post-master’s, 97 credit hours post-baccalaureate

Fieldwork Requirements

Two supervised internships, 300 hours each (post-baccalaureate entrance only)

Program Time to Completion


  • Bachelor or Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution in psychology, behavioral sciences, or management


  • 12 semester hours of psychology credit with grades earned of C or better including two specific courses;
    • Statistics or Quantitative Methods
    • Research Methods or Experimental Psychology


  • N/A

Admission Requirements

GRE Requirements

Sample Courses

Business and Financial Literacy
Designed to give students the basic terminology, logic, and framework to understand business thinking and decisions. The goal is to teach students to look at the 'vital signs' of a business. The first part of the class looks at what information a business collects and how it uses that information. Students learn to use a financial lens to look at an income statement and balance sheet to determine the health of an organization. Students learn the importance of interest rates as a key to understand corporate planning and valuation. The second part of the course helps students understand how companies make operational decisions. Using the lens of micro-economics, students learn how supply and demand, costs, and prices effect output decisions. Considers the ways this impacts marketing through the marketing mix, segmentation, and branding decisions. Examines behavioral economics to show how the erratic nature of decisions.


Strategic and Organizational Planning
Gives 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. Expands on marketing, financial, and economic ideas. Environment analysis and value chain leads to assessing business level strategy, corporate level strategy, and competitive actions. The second part of the class emphasizes the organization factors in determining and implementing business policy. Discusses organizational planning as aligning the business with the environment through strategy, design, operations, supply chain, and culture. Students learn the critical significance of the managing their interdependence.


Change Management
Helps students advise organizations on to how restructure, reposition, or revitalize itself. Integrates strategy and organizational due diligence with consultation and change strategies. Within the frame of community development, students learn to consider the process of change and the techniques of change to various types of organizations.  Focuses on project change management and emphasizes psychological change management. Prepares student 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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