Ph.D. in Business Psychology
- Chicago, IL
- 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 at the Chicago campus will cover a wide range of business challenges, including:
- 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:
- Human resources
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 with 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 in Chicago, The Chicago School has demonstrated a continued commitment to a diverse student population and expanding mental health services to multicultural and underserved communities.
Business and Financial Literacy
This course is 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 also 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 microeconomics, students learn how supply and demand, costs, and prices affect output decisions. This course considers the ways this impacts marketing through the marketing mix, segmentation, and branding decisions.
Strategic and Organizational Planning
This course 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 and expands on marketing, financial, and economic ideas. Environment analysis and value chains lead 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 managing their interdependence.
This course helps students advise organizations on how to 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. This course focuses on project change management and emphasizes psychological change management. It also prepares students 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, and 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 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
- 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
- Two internship courses or an Applied Project/Thesis equivalent
- Performance Appraisal
- 3 letters of recommendation from academic professors or professional or volunteer experience supervisors.
- Official GRE Score (Post-Bachelor entry point applicants only, not required of applicants holding a conferred master’s degree)
- Generally, an undergraduate or graduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for admission to the school’s Business Psychology doctoral program.
- 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.
Ph.D. Business Psychology: I/O Track Progression Requirements
This program requires applicants to have successfully completed (with a grade earned of “C” or better) at least two (2) undergraduate courses by the end of their first semester (second online term) of study. One (1) course must be in statistics, and at least one (1) course must be an upper-level undergraduate or master’s level organizational behavior or psychology course. Students must successfully meet this progression requirement through the following options:
- A grade of “C” or higher in TCS 380 Introduction to Psychology and TCS 390 Introduction to Statistics;
- A grade of “C” or higher in a comparable course(s) at the Chicago School; or
- A grade of “C” or higher in a comparable course(s) at another regionally accredited institution
Applicants accepted who are missing one or both of the two (2) courses will be required to register for the applicable TCS course(s) in their first ground semester or online term. All students must meet this progression requirement by the end of their first semester (second online term) of study. Students who do not successfully fulfill this requirement will not be allowed to register in any future coursework in the program of study until this requirement is met. Extensions can be granted by the Program Chair or designee when extenuating circumstances prevent completion of the requirement in the specified timeframe. Requests for an extension must be submitted in writing to the Program Chair for consideration.
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