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PhD in Industrial & Organizational Psychology - Evidence-Based Coaching

Future leaders in areas of performance training and career development could build their coaching skills through Walden University's Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with a specialization in Evidence-Based Coaching program. Read more about this online program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with a specialization in Evidence-Based Coaching

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:

Doctorate

Program Prerequisites:

This program could be ideal for individuals with strong research skills and an interest in studying leadership and motivational theory. Aspiring Track I students must hold a master's degree in industrial/organizational psychology, while those entering the Track II program are required to have a bachelor's degree. Professional experience within a business or other type of organization is also required. All applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Students of the online PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with a specialization in Evidence-Based Coaching program at Walden University have the opportunity to explore theories and practices in the areas of organizational behavior, change management, and motivation while focusing on leadership coaching. All students take specialization courses that address leadership theories, organizational change processes, goal setting and attainment, and leadership models; live virtual coaching sessions allow students to apply what they have learned. Track I students take core classes covering test and measurement practices, goal setting and motivation theories, selection testing, talent management, and organizational behaviors relating to job satisfaction and commitment. Track II students take the same core classes in addition to other courses discussing change management techniques, team development, group dynamics, I/O psychology theories, and organizational behavior theories. Students of both tracks complete four residencies, research-focused classes, and a dissertation.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

80 credits for Track I; 112 credits for Track II.

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 Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with a Specialization in Evidence-Based Coaching:

For the Track I format, students must complete 25 core credits and 10 credits in research coursework. Track II students must complete 40 credits in the core curriculum and 25 credits in research-focused classes. In both formats, students are required to take 17 credits in the specialization area, 25-27 credits in the dissertation process, and a 3-credit foundation course. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Track I (for students entering with an MS degree)

Foundation Course (3 credits)

  • Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology

Core Courses (25 credits)

  • Research Foundations
  • I/O Tests and Measurement
  • Psychological Motivation at Work
  • Advanced Personnel Psychology
  • Job Attitudes, Measurement, and Change

Research Courses (10 credits)

  • Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Specialization Courses: Evidence-Based Coaching (17 credits)

  • Leadership and Leader Development
  • Leadership Coaching: Theories, Concepts, and Processes
  • Leadership Coaching: Practices and Applications
  • Coaching Skills Virtual Intensive

Doctoral Dissertation (25 credits)

  • Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology
  • Dissertation

Track II (for students entering with a BS degree)

Foundation Course (3 credits)

  • Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology

Core Courses (40 credits)

  • Survey Research Methods
  • Consulting for Organizational Change
  • Themes and Theories of I/O Psychology
  • Psychology of Organizational Behavior
  • I/O Tests and Measurement
  • Psychological Motivation at Work
  • Advanced Personnel Psychology
  • Job Attitudes, Measurement, and Change

Research Courses (25 credits)

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

Specialization Courses: Evidence-Based Coaching (17 credits)

  • Leadership and Leader Development
  • Leadership Coaching: Theories, Concepts, and Processes
  • Leadership Coaching: Practices and Applications
  • Coaching Skills Virtual Intensive

Doctoral Dissertation (27 credits)

  • Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology
  • Dissertation Literature Review Lab
  • Dissertation

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

After being awarded this doctoral degree in industrial and organizational psychology, graduates could be prepared to apply their leadership skills in the training, evaluation, and development of employees in corporate, government, or nonprofit settings. They might oversee areas of training program development, career assessment, development coaching, or job analysis for human resource departments, career centers, or consulting firms. They might also pursue careers in postsecondary academics.

Job titles suitable for graduates might include:

  • Director of training
  • Human resources director
  • Director of career services
  • Employee development consultant

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