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Ph.D. in Business Psychology

Industrial/Organizational Track

  • Chicago, IL
  • 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 Track prepares graduates to assume high-level responsibilities in today’s global and multicultural business environment. Students enrolled in this program will gain a strong foundation in relevant psychological theories and their application to practical business issues and opportunities that enhance business insight to provide effective business solutions. Guided […]

The Chicago School’s Ph.D. in Business Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Track prepares graduates to assume high-level responsibilities in today’s global and multicultural business environment. Students enrolled in this program will gain a strong foundation in relevant psychological theories and their application to practical business issues and opportunities that enhance business insight to provide effective business solutions.

Guided by practitioner faculty, Ph.D. in Business Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Track students will cover a wide range of business challenges, including:

  • Rightsizings
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Strategic repositioning
  • Project management
  • Change consultation
  • Executive succession planning

Graduates from The Chicago School’s Ph.D. in Business Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Track program are prepared to apply their skills to a wide range of fields and professions, including:

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

The doctorate program in business psychology culminates with a dissertation, preparing students to become active scholar practitioners. Students are encouraged to present their work at academic conferences and for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

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

The Chicago Campus provides students an opportunity to immerse themselves into a culturally diverse city with nearly unlimited academic resources as well as excellent networking opportunities. Chicago is also home to some of the nation’s finest dining, entertainment, museums, and other activities.

At our flagship campus, The Chicago School has demonstrated a continued commitment to a diverse student population and expanding mental health services to multicultural and underserved communities.

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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.

Students who enter the program post-baccalaureate will complete two 300 credit hour internships (for a total of 600 hours of internship experience). The internship should involve the student in learning specific, transferable, I/O-relevant or HR-relevant professional skills. All internship must be pre-approved by the faculty internship supervisor.

Completion of the dissertation is an essential aspect of Business Psychology students’ academic experience and professional education. It provides the school the opportunity to evaluate the student’s ability to think critically and creatively about an applied issue in business psychology and to produce new research in the field. The dissertation should clearly and concisely demonstrate the student’s command of the research in a specific area of business psychology. In the dissertation, will conduct empirical research using quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods to produce new knowledge within the theoretical framework that comprises the Ph.D. Business Psychology curriculum.

Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Business Psychology doctoral program is open to any person who has earned a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with 36 hours in psychology, behavioral science or management. 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 keeping 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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