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Ph.D. in Business Psychology

Consulting Track

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Full-Time, Part-Time
  • 3 Years Full-Time (Post-Master)

Students who pursue a Ph.D. in Business Psychology, Consulting Track at our Washington D.C. campus will learn to work with organizations to leverage their human resources to impact their overall organizational effectiveness. Culminating with a dissertation, the program cultivates cross-cultural competencies in order to address the needs of business at the global level. Guided by practitioner […]

Students who pursue a Ph.D. in Business Psychology, Consulting Track at our Washington D.C. campus will learn to work with organizations to leverage their human resources to impact their overall organizational effectiveness. Culminating with a dissertation, the program cultivates cross-cultural competencies in order to address the needs of business at the global level.

Guided by practitioner faculty, Ph.D. in Business Psychology, Consulting Track students will learn to effectively assess the organizational needs of businesses in the following areas:

  • Leadership
  • Organizational culture
  • Strategic repositioning
  • Individual assessment and coaching
  • Change management
  • Strategic and organizational planning

The Business Psychology doctoral program, offered at our Washington, D.C. campus, prepares graduates to assume high-level consulting positions in today’s global, multicultural business environment by considering the following:

  • Organizational development
  • Organizational environment assessments
  • Market conditions
  • Competitive position and options
  • Corporate strategies
  • Stakeholders
  • Organization design and operations

In the on-ground blended program, students take two courses concurrently within a 15-week semester in a cohort fashion, learning and sharing experiences with the same group of classmates for the duration of the program. Classes meet face-to-face one weekend per month, with online assignments and discussions between classes

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

Surrounded by much of the nation’s historical and cultural riches, psychology graduate students will have the opportunity to benefit from a location essential to much of the United States’ political, governmental, and multi-national affairs.

Expanding on the success of the Chicago, Los Angeles, and Orange County, Calif. campuses, the D.C. campus reflects The Chicago School’s commitment to diversity and effort to expand services to multicultural and underserved communities.

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Advanced Consulting Skills

This class will focus on the methodology and practice of psychological consultation to businesses and organizations. The overarching objective is for students to develop an in-depth understanding of project management design and implementation. As project management is a general method, this course will apply project management across the wide variety of interventions that a consulting psychologist can offer. Students will examine the different types and scope of consultation that a consulting psychologist will provide. The stages and processes of the various consultations will be detailed and applied. In addition to the methods and procedures of consultation, students will address the customer relationship issues and ethical considerations that are critical to any engagement.

Strategic and Organizational Planning

This course will give 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. It will expand on the marketing, financial, and economic ideas introduced in PB 535. Environment analysis and value chain will lead to assessing business level strategy, corporate level strategy, and competitive actions. The second part of the class will emphasize the organization factors in determining and implementing business policy. Organizational planning will be discussed as aligning the business with the environment through strategy, design, operations, supply chain, and culture. The options of each will examined but students will learn the critical significance of the managing their interdependence.

Change Management

This course will help students advise organizations on to how restructure, reposition, or revitalize itself. This course will be a summary course. The objective is to integrate strategy and organizational due diligence with consultation and change strategies. Within the frame of community development, students will learn to consider the process of change and the techniques of change to various types of organizations. There will be a dual focus: project change management and psychological change management. Upon completion the student will be able 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 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, students 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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203 N. LaSalle Street, 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 the catalog.

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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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