Program Description

Graduates of the Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology Ph.D. program will be able to develop, implement and evaluate human resource programs through the application of the principles of personnel and organizational psychology.

As such, their work activities involve job analysis, selection and performance evaluation, systems development, training program formulation and evaluation, job and organization design, organizational analysis, organization development and other areas of applied psychological research.

Their principal work settings are private corporations, consulting firms or higher education institutions, although graduates may also find employment in government and military settings.

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

Students in the Ph.D. program will have the opportunity to work alongside faculty on research projects, thesis papers and other independent research. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Ph.D program requires:

  • a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited university;
  • a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7;
  • GRE scores; and
  • a statement of purpose.

The following additional items are required and may be sent to the Department of Psychology, Central Michigan University, Sloan 139, Mt Pleasant, MI 48859 or via email at

The deadline for all application materials is January 1. In addition to grades and GRE scores (subject portion not required), the admissions committee is attentive to letters of recommendation, personal statements and relevant professional experiences.

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Graduation Requirements

The doctoral program prepares students for careers in research, business or university settings. This program requires 96 hours of course work, including a comprehensive exam, a master's thesis and a doctoral dissertation.

Students entering with a BA/BS degree will be required to complete approximately 96 graduate credit hours. Those entering with a M.A./M.S. degree in I/O Psychology will be required to complete at least 70 graduate credit hours.

Important Notice: a Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology is additionally provided to highly qualified students on campus at Central Michigan University.

Career Outlook

For More Information

Neil D. Christiansen, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Coordinator
225 Sloan Hall
(989) 774-6495

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This academic program is housed within the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences.