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PhD in Clinical Psychology - Industrial & Organizational Psychology

In Walden University's blended PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program, students can learn how to apply advanced psychology practices in areas of organizational change, decision making, and behavior management. Find more details here.

Official Program Name:

PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

School Offering Program:

Walden University

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Program Prerequisites:

At least a bachelor's degree is required to be eligible to enroll in this PhD in Clinical Psychology degree program. A basic understanding of leadership strategies, organizational behavior, and consulting practices could also be beneficial. All applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Leadership strategies, coaching practices, and change management approaches are among the main topics that could be explored in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology specialization of the PhD in Clinical Psychology program at Walden University. Specialization courses are designed to allow students to review leadership theories, leadership influences on reaching organizational goals, organizational change processes, coaching assessment and evaluation methods, conflict management techniques, and consulting competencies. Core classes may provide discussions in cognitive components of behavior, psychotherapy practices, human lifespan development, biological influences on human behavior, and social change theories. Other requirements of this program include a two-part supervised practicum integrating theory and practice; four courses addressing research methodologies; an internship sequence in a clinical setting allowing for at least 2,700 hours of client contact; and four residences combining virtual and face-to-face courses in such areas as psychopharmacology, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychological practice standards. A dissertation focusing on a specific area of interest drawn from the program of study must also be completed.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

At least 163 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the PhD in Clinical Psychology with a Specialization in Industrial and Organizational Psychology:

Students achieve the credit total to earn this doctorate by completing coursework, residencies, internships, and a dissertation. This credit total reflects 50 credits in core coursework and a foundation course, 20 credits in research courses, 15 credits in the area of specialization, 40 credits in residencies, and at least 20 credits in the completion of a dissertation. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Foundation Course (5 credits)

  • Foundations of Graduate Studies in Clinical Psychology

Core Courses (45 credits)

  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Lifespan Development
  • Biopsychology
  • Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Social Psychology
  • Tests and Measurement
  • Psychology and Social Change
  • Psychopathology From a Clinical Perspective

Research Courses (20 credits)

  • Research Theory, Design, and Methods
  • Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Specialization Courses: Industrial and Organizational Psychology (15 credits)

  • Leadership and Leader Development
  • Psychology of Organizational Behavior
  • Consulting for Organizational Change

Clinical Practicum (6 credits)

  • Psychology Practicum I
  • Psychology Practicum II

Internship (12 credits)

  • Psychology Internship I
  • Psychology Internship II
  • Psychology Internship III
  • Psychology Internship IV

Blended Academic Year in Residence (40 credits)

  • Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology
  • Consultation and Supervision in Psychology
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Clinical Psychopharmacology
  • Personality Assessment
  • Multicultural Psychology
  • Ethics and Standards of Psychological Practice

Completion of Doctoral Dissertation (minimum 20 credits)

  • 5 credits per term for a minimum of four terms

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Once they have earned the PhD in Clinical Psychology - Industrial and Organizational Psychology, graduates could be prepared to pursue the necessary licensure to seek careers as psychologists. They might also consider instructional or administrative careers in postsecondary psychology departments. Graduates could explore roles in human resources, training, business planning, or management consulting, assisting business leaders in areas of career development, performance assessments, conflict resolution, or policy assessment and change.

A few of the career choices open to graduates include:

  • Staff psychologist
  • Talent developer
  • Personnel analyst
  • Organizational consultant

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