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Ph.D. in Business Psychology

Consulting Track

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

Combining strategic and practical thinking, the Ph.D. in Business Psychology: Consulting Track at The Chicago School’s Los Angeles campus provides students the opportunity for advanced study of organizational (both domestic and international) dynamics in the following areas: Evolving market conditions Competitive position and options Corporate strategy Stakeholder relations Organization design and operations Culminating with a dissertation, the […]

Combining strategic and practical thinking, the Ph.D. in Business Psychology: Consulting Track at The Chicago School’s Los Angeles campus provides students the opportunity for advanced study of organizational (both domestic and international) dynamics in the following areas:

  • Evolving market conditions
  • Competitive position and options
  • Corporate strategy
  • Stakeholder relations
  • Organization design and operations

Culminating with a dissertation, the Ph.D. in Business Psychology program cultivates cross-cultural competencies in order to work effectively at a global level. Guided by practitioner faculty, students will cover a wide range of topics, including:

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

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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Ph.D. in Business Psychology graduates emerge from the program with the skills and strategies necessary to assume high-level responsibilities in today’s global business environment. Graduates can find success leading in various facilities and fields, including:

  • Management consulting
  • Organizational development
  • Senior human resources positions
  • Strategic organizational planning
  • Change management
  • Executive coaching
  • Academia

Ph.D. in Business Psychology: 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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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, and they 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. Considers the ways this impacts marketing through the marketing mix, segmentation, and branding decisions. Examines behavioral economics to show 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, and then 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

This course helps students advise an organization 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 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, to board governance.

Completion of the dissertation is an essential aspect of a Business Psychology student’s 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.

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c/o The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
203 N LaSalle St., Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60601

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.
  • 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 to register for an exam date.
    • Students who have taken the test within the last five years should contact GRE at or 1-888-GRE SCORE, to have their scores forwarded directly to the school.
  • 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 this catalog.

International Application Requirements

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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