Online PhD in Organizational Psychology

Learn more about obtaining an online PhD in organizational psychology. Find information on courses, program prerequisites, outcomes, and career opportunities. View popular schools that offer PhD degrees in organizational psychology.

Program Overview

An online PhD in organizational psychology may provide students with a deep knowledge of how individuals communicate and interact within an organization. In these programs, students may learn how to conduct statistical research, develop and administer psychological evaluations, and analyze the evolution of the study of psychology. This doctoral-level degree may prepare students for careers in human resources, human development, education, and training and development. Students may take research-heavy dissertation courses alongside major-specific psychology coursework. Popular online organizational psychology courses may include the following:

  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Personality Theories
  • Organizational Theory and Design
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Personnel Psychology
  • Human Performance and Feedback

Program Prerequisites

Prior to admission, students may need to satisfy some prerequisites, including graduation from an accredited master’s degree program with a minimum GPA (varies by school). Students may also be required to submit an application packet and pay a non-refundable fee.

Learning Outcomes

In this online PhD program, students may learn how to think critically with regard to psychological challenges within an organization. Students may also gain skills and training needed to administer psychological tests in order to evaluate behavior in the workplace. Graduates of this program may gain ethical and professional communication skills in order to effectively interact with others in the workforce. Additionally, students may develop a deep understanding of how people and processes interact in an organization with respect to individuality and diversity.

Career Options

Graduates of an online doctoral-level organizational psychology program may gain employment in corporations, healthcare, non-profit organizations, and research organizations. Possible job titles may include director of training and development, vice president of human resources, organizational consultant, and director of labor relations. Individuals may also pursue a career in academia, working as an adjunct or full-time college professor. Some graduates may wish to pursue their own private practice providing coaching and consulting services to leaders of organizations.

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