Ph.D. in Business Psychology, I/O Track in Los Angeles
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Ph.D. in Business Psychology, Industrial / Organziational Track in Los Angeles Business Psychology

Ph.D. in Business Psychology

Industrial/Organizational Track

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Full-Time
  • 3 Years Full-Time (Post-Master’s) / 5 Years Full-Time (Post-Baccalaureate)

The Chicago School’s Ph.D. in Business Psychology, Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Track, prepares graduates to assume high-level responsibilities in today’s global and multicultural business environment, specializing in such areas as leadership development, measurement, and psychometrics. Graduates from this program at our Los Angeles campus are trained to adapt to and address complex changes on a global level, […]

The Chicago School’s Ph.D. in Business Psychology, Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Track, prepares graduates to assume high-level responsibilities in today’s global and multicultural business environment, specializing in such areas as leadership development, measurement, and psychometrics.

Graduates from this program at our Los Angeles campus are trained to adapt to and address complex changes on a global level, with changing labor markets, practices, and expectations. They are prepared to apply their skills to a wide range of fields and professions, including:

  • Consultation
  • Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Leadership
  • Government
  • Business
  • Nonprofit

Practitioner faculty bring real-world examples into the classroom, examining topics such as rightsizings, mergers and acquisitions, strategic repositioning, and project management. Combining strategic thinking and psychological theory, the Ph.D. in Business Psychology program culminates with a dissertation.

Ph.D. in Business Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Track: Los Angeles Student Experience

Immersed in the heart of the most diverse city in the most diverse state in the U.S., students attending the Los Angeles Campus will benefit from significant networking opportunities as they experience real-world training in the city’s rapidly evolving downtown business district. Together they learn from and work side-by-side with an experienced, qualified, and passionate faculty practitioners.

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In addition, students enrolled in the program are offered the opportunity for hands-on learning through ConCISE, a student run consulting firm with a mission of providing solutions to business and organizations throughout Southern California.

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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.

Executive Style

The I/O Track will be offered in “executive style” format on our Los Angeles campus. Students meet face-to-face one weekend a month (Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.) for class. Each student is enrolled in two courses per term, therefore each day (Saturday or Sunday) in the classroom is an individual course and equivalent to two weeks of traditional in-class seat time. The additional coursework (approximately 40%) will occur through an online format during the weeks between face-to face meetings.

Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Ph.D. Business Psychology (I/O Track) program is open to applicants who have earned a bachelor or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in Psychology, the Behavioral Sciences, or Management, and who meets other entrance requirements. Students applying to the Ph.D. in Business Psychology program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay – Please answer the following two questions on separate sheets of paper (approximately 500 words each):
    • In what areas (e.g., selection and placement, organizational development, performance management) will you, as a business psychologist, affect or contribute to the business world? How will your contributions differ from those with an M.B.A. or other business training?
    • In your role as a business psychology student, you are likely to work and study with people from many backgrounds. Tell us what will be some of the challenges for you studying with people different from yourself, and what you would contribute in your interactions with them.
  • Official College/University Transcripts
    • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • Students applying to the I/O Track must submit three (3) letters of recommendation for consideration. Appropriate recommendations are from professors and/or supervisors from significant work or volunteer experiences, who can appraise your academic or professional performance. Letters should arrive in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal.
  • Official GRE Scores (required only for post-baccalaureate candidates applying to the I/O Track)
    • You must arrange for your official GRE scores to be sent to the school. Our school code is 1119.
    • Students who have yet to take the GRE examination should contact GRE at org to register for an exam date.
    • Students who have taken the test within the last five years should contact GRE at org or 1-888-GRE SCORE, to have their scores forwarded directly to the school.
  • Previous Coursework
    • Bachelor or Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in Psychology, the Behavioral Sciences, or Management
      • Student’s entering post-masters must have a master’s degree equivalent to 36 semester hours, and:
      • 21 hours of the following IO Psychology graduate courses:
        • Principles of Industrial Psychology
        • Selection
        • Two internship courses
        • Performance Appraisal
        • Training
        • Surveys
      • Depending on the number of hours an applicant is missing, these prerequisite requirements can be fulfilled at the Chicago School prior to admission to the Ph.D. Business Psychology (I/O Track) program by enrolling in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology Generalist Certificate.  Prerequisites for admission may also be fulfilled at the Chicago School by successfully completing comparable coursework following the policies outlined in the Student at Large section of the catalog.

The Chicago School is dedicated to keep our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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