Faculty and students in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology doctorate program Faculty and students in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology doctorate program Faculty and students in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology doctorate program

Industrial / Organizational Psychology

Program Overview

Industrial/organizational psychology is a fast-growing field with a wealth of career opportunities. Our doctoral curriculum reflects recent developments in the industry, preparing you to solve organizational problems in any workplace setting.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 4-7 years
Credit Hours: 78

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

A doctorate in I/O psychology prepares you to apply psychology to practical workplace problems and improve the quality of life at work.

Our doctorate program combines theory, research and practice to set you up for success. Courses cover the fundamentals of personnel psychology, organizational psychology and research methodology. You’ll also build a foundation in more general theories of psychology, such as advanced social psychology, group dynamics and cognitive psychology.

Beyond the classroom, you’ll work alongside faculty on research projects, thesis papers and other independent research. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through an internship at a local or national business such as Dow Chemical Company, Steelcase, Dow Corning or ICF International.

You’ll graduate ready to develop, implement and evaluate human resource programs through the application of the principles of personnel and organizational psychology. And you’ll be equipped to actively contribute to the psychology of work.

Program Highlights

As a doctoral student in industrial/organizational psychology at CMU, you will:

  • Conduct original research under the guidance of expert faculty mentors.
  • Customize your education with electives such as Biostatistics, Psychopathology or Work Injury Prevention.
  • Expand your expertise with an optional concentration in occupational health psychology.
  • Participate in international conferences and workshops.


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This emerging specialty area focuses on improving employees’ mental and physical health, safety and quality of work life. You’ll study topics including work-related stress, workplace incivility, work-family relations, emotional labor and behaviors related to workplace safety.

Careers & Outcomes

Our industrial/organizational psychology graduates go on to dynamic careers in private corporations, consulting firms, higher education institutions, governmental organizations, global companies and more.

Career Projected Salary
Industrial/Organizational Psychologist $105,310
Psychologist $81,040
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