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PhD in Business Administration - Industrial Organizational Psychology

The Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Industrial Organizational Psychology program emphasizes research, organizational development, and management principles. Learn more about this Northcentral University program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Industrial Organizational Psychology

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

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Program Prerequisites:

Students must already hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited university. Experience or prior coursework in organizational development, industrial psychology, or business may be helpful. Applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree.

Program Description:

The Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Industrial Organizational Psychology program is a research-based program that is designed to give students the opportunity to build their skill and knowledge base. The program emphasizes qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Students have the chance to learn to evaluate, interpret, and integrate knowledge into the business decision-making process. The industrial organizational psychology specialization emphasizes organizational behavior, organizational development, and leadership.

Learning Format:


Total Credits Required:

Minimum of 60 credit hours

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loan or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

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Required Courses for a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a Specialization in Industrial Organizational Psychology

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

PhD in Business Administration Foundation Courses (33 credits)

  • BUS 7101: Changing Times: Business Administration in the 21st Century
  • BUS 7300: Scholarly Business Communication
  • BUS 7110: The Business Environment
  • BUS 7120: Business Financial Systems
  • BUS 7130: Business Leadership & Strategy
  • BUS 7200: Business Statistics
  • BUS 7310: Introduction to Business Research Design & Methodology
  • Students choose one:
    • BUS 7320: Quantitative Business Research Design & Methodology and BUS 7321: Directed Quantitative Research
    • BUS 7330: Qualitative Business Research Design & Methodology and BUS 7331: Directed Qualitative Research
  • Doctoral Level Elective Course 1
  • CMP 9700B: PhD-BA Portfolio

Doctoral Dissertation Courses (12 credits)

  • DIS 9901A: Components of the Dissertation
  • DIS 9902A: The Dissertation Proposal
  • DIS 9903A: Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
  • DIS 9904A: The Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

Industrial Organizational Psychology Specialization Requirements

  • IOP 8400: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • IOP 8404: Consulting in Business, Education, and Health
  • MGT 7006: Advanced Topics in Organizational Behavior
  • MGT 7022: Advanced Topics in Organizational Development
  • Students choose one:
    • MGT 7110: Leadership in Organizations
    • HRM 7008: Legal Issues in Human Resources Management

Post Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

The Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Industrial Organization Psychology program gives students the chance to develop skills in consulting, organizational behavior, and leadership. These skills may prepare students for a variety of positions in the business, government, or nonprofit sectors. Possible positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Organizational development consultant
  • Leadership consultant
  • Human resources manager

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