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Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology program at Illinois Tech is the oldest, most successful, and most respected program in the Chicago area. Through intensive training in research methods as well as experience in work settings, our Ph.D. program prepares you for a career in university teaching, industry, government, or consulting. You will acquire a strong theoretical and methodological background in various areas of I/O psychology as well as experience in work settings. Many students in the past have presented and published their work.

Learn more about the impact I/O psychologists can have in the workplace from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

Illiinois Tech's I/O specalization track follows the SIOP Guidelines for Education and Training. These guidelines, approved by the American Psychological Association, help to ensure that our students receive the best possible training, covering areas of competence, using the best methods to develop that competence, and curricula formats in which to teach those areas.

Ph.D. degree at a glance

A minimum of 96 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree is required for the Ph.D., which includes the following:

M.S. Thesis
Comprehensive exam
Dissertation and oral defense
Internship in organizations

Individual specialties may require completion of additional courses. There is no foreign language requirement. Details concerning specific program requirements are available from the department upon request.

Required Courses

PSYC 591 Master’s Thesis
PSYC 545 Graduate Statistics I
PSYC 546 Graduate Statistics II
PSYC 691 Research and Thesis for the Ph.D. degree

AND at least two of the following (chosen with advisor assistance):

PSYC 540 Research Methods
PSYC 554 Survey of Multivariate Statistics
PSYC 511 Psychometric Theory

Required Courses (must be completed within two years after the sequence is started)

PSYC 501 Biological Bases of Behavior
PSYC 502 Social Bases of Behavior
PSYC 503 Learning, Cognition and Motivation
PSYC 504 Individual and Cultural Differences

Research training is an important aspect of your education. At Illinois Tech, you will be educated in the scientific process of psychological research, in accordance with SIOP guidelines. Such training begins in the first year working with faculty on their projects and continues up to conducting your own research. You will be required to complete a minimum of two research projects during your academic program. This will prepare you to present posters and papers at conferences, which provide valuable experience and professional contacts. Research activities are normally conducted with your advisor, but you may also work with other I/O and non-I/O faculty members. You also have the flexibility to change your primary research mentor if your interests change during the course of training. 

Typical Program of Study 

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Faculty Research


You will complete six credit hours of internship, which is completed doing six months of part-time field work at one or two sites. You may choose to intern at a consulting firm or in the training division of human resources or personnel department of a major organization. The Chicago metropolitan area will provide you with ample choices for your internship experience.

Recent placements have included:

  • Advocate Healthcare   
  • Metrus Group, Inc   
  • Vantage Leadership Consulting  
  • Walmart located in Bentonville, AR  
  • Daniels Consulting Group
  • National Computer System (NCS)
  • Organizational Resources
  • Aaon Consulting
  • Saville & Holdsworth Ltd. (SHL)
  • SRI International (California)
  • United Airlines
  • Wonderlic
  • Chicago Board of Education
  • Strategic Talent Solutions
  • CME group in Chicago
  • CEB Valtera, Greater Chicago Area
  • Shedd Aquarium, Chicago
  • Testing specialist at City of Chicago
  • US Cellular
  • Chicago Art Museum
  • Chicago Modern Art Museum
  • APT consulting

Funding Opportunities


The I/O division gives one-year, half-tuition scholarships (4.5 credits per semester) to a number of first-year students, based on merit. The John Scott Scholarship is also available.

Teaching assistantships

After the first year, students can apply for a teaching assistantship. TAs receive partial-tuition reimbursement and a monthly stipend, along with teaching experience. These positions are quarter time (10 hours per week).


The Arch Pounian Fellowship for Industrial/Organizational Psychology is awarded to one outstanding student each year with an excellent academic record, and who is highly engaged in presentations and publications. Continuing students are invited to apply each spring for the award of $5,000.

The Phil S. and Harriett C. Shurrager Industrial/Organizational Psychology Endowed Fellowship funds one I/O graduate student each year and is selected by the program directors.


Funding may also be found through faculty grants and, upon availability, the I/O division provides merit-based funding to students selected by the faculty.


The Department of Psychology accepts Ph.D. applications for fall entrance only. Applications and supporting documents must be received by February 15. Minimum requirements for admission include:

  • Bachelor's degree with 18 hours of psychology course work including experimental psychology and statistics
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum GRE 500 or 150 (quantitative), 500 or 156 (verbal), 3.0 ( analytical)
  • 3 letters of recommendation (2 of which are from academics)
  • Professional statement
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions

All applications are evaluated on the basis of such factors as GPA, GRE, recommendations, and the professional statement. 



For more information or to schedule a visit, please contact:


Professor and Director
Industrial and Organization Psychology Program
3105 South Dearborn, 2nd floor
Chicago, Illinois 60616
Phone: 312.567.3516
Fax: 312.567.3493