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Business Psychology

Ph.D. in Business Psychology

Consulting Track

  • Dallas, TX
  • Full-Time, Part-Time
  • 3 Years / 4 Years

Business psychologists utilize assessment and intervention skills to help organizations solve problems, enhance performance, and manage the complexities of today’s business environment. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Ph.D. in Business Psychology, Consulting Track program prepares graduates to work in external or internal consulting roles and help improve group and organizational functioning for both for-profit […]

Business psychologists utilize assessment and intervention skills to help organizations solve problems, enhance performance, and manage the complexities of today’s business environment.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Ph.D. in Business Psychology, Consulting Track program prepares graduates to work in external or internal consulting roles and help improve group and organizational functioning for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. The curriculum provides a unique blend of business and organizational psychology that prepares students to conduct empirical research with a multi-disciplinary approach.

Ph.D. in Business Psychology, Consulting Track graduates may find themselves working in consulting positions with various groups to improve performance and efficiency within organizations, including:

  • Senior leadership teams
  • Small business owners
  • Boards of directors
  • Middle management

By understanding how human behavior will impact overall organizational effectiveness, graduates of The Chicago School’s Ph.D. in Business Psychology, Consulting Track Program emerge with the strategies needed to assume high-level responsibilities in a global business environment and possess advanced skills in the following areas:

  • Industrial and organizational psychology
  • Executive advising and leadership
  • Internal and external consulting
  • Organization design and operations

 

Ph.D. in Business Psychology, Consulting Track: Dallas Student Experience

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Group Facilitation
This course gives students the ability to work with groups in planning and problem-solving. It will focus on the principles of group formation, structure, and dynamics to allow students to differentiate groups at various levels of development. Building upon this, students will learn the skills and techniques to unleash group discussion, creativity, and agreement. Processes of group interaction will be explored to help students anticipate and manage resistances and defenses that are confronted in group situations.

Intergroup Conflict Resolution
This course will address the nature of competition and conflict that occurs between groups. It will examine the process and structural approaches to understanding conflict. This diagnostics approach will be employed to design various interventions to manage the differences that arise between groups. Students will explore and practice the skills and techniques to manage these differences. Consensual listening and reframing will be emphasized as the prelude, providing opportunities to meet the needs of all parties and to adequately address interests so that each party is satisfied with the outcome.

Professional Coaching
Effective coaching of managers requires the ability to establish rapport, listen effectively, and conduct interviews. Coaches also work with managers to understand the data provided by 360 degree instruments and other leadership assessment tools, identify strengths and developmental needs, formulate skill-building development plans, and provide non-threatening feedback. This course is designed to introduce students to the roles, responsibilities, and ethical considerations involved in individual coaching. Using role-playing and hands-on exercises, this course enables students to begin to develop the skills needed to establish individual coaching relationships. Students will also work with their own development plans in order to become directly familiar with the challenges and opportunities involved in formulating and implementing those plans.

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 MBA 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 Consulting Track must submit one (1) letter 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. If you are mailing in your letters, they should arrive in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal. You can also submit the letters online via the applicant portal.
  • Previous Coursework
    • This track requires applicants to have successfully completed at least two (2) undergraduate courses, including a statistics course and an upper level undergraduate or master’s level organizational behavior or psychology course with a grade earned of ‘C’ or better in the course.  Applicants who do not meet this requirement may do so at the Chicago School thought the Progression Requirement policy outlined in the catalog.
    • Additionally, if an applicant’s qualifying master’s degree is less than 36 hours, they may fulfill the missing hour requirements at the Chicago School through completing the Industrial and Organizational Generalist Certificate.  Missing hour requirements can also be completed at the Chicago School by enrolling in comparable coursework following the policies outlined in the Student at Large section of the catalog.

Tuition and Scholarships

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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