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Industrial/Organizational Psychology (MA/PhD)
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Make an impact on the world’s workplaces

DePaul’s Industrial-Organizational Psychology MA/PhD program will provide you with a solid grounding in psychological theory and essential training in methodology. As an Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology graduate student, you’ll collaborate with a faculty expert to develop and implement new research ideas while contributing to developments in the field.

You’ll study

  • motivation
  • leadership
  • training
  • performance appraisal
  • organizational theory
  • consultation

You have the option to add a secondary specialization with coursework in communication, management, marketing, or women’s and gender studies.

The Industrial-Organizational Psychology MA/PhD is a combined degree program. The MA is non-terminal, and the program admits only students intending to earn the PhD. Classes are offered during the day on the Lincoln Park Campus. This program can be completed in four years.

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Put theory into practice and gain career, teaching and research experience

DePaul’s connections with the Chicago business community provide you with a wide variety of internship and career opportunities. Industrial-Organizational Psychology PhD students have interned with Advocate Health Care, MICA Consulting Partners, McDonald’s Corp. and United Airlines. Students publish their research in major journals and present at I-O conferences. They also have gained experience teaching a variety of classes and have moved on to academic careers at colleges and university across the country.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for fall admission is December 15.

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, personal statement, transcripts and course history.

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Required Courses

For the MA portion, you’ll take 18 courses and complete a thesis. For the PhD portion, you’ll complete six courses and a dissertation.

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of surveyed 2018 Industrial-Organizational Psychology PhD graduates were employed within six months of graduation.


The reported average salary for 2016 I-O Psychology PhD graduates was $77,000.

Work on forward-thinking research

Professor Suzanne Bell specializes on the strategic staffing of organizations, training and employee development, and maximizing team effectiveness. She directs the DePaul Teams Lab, which is conducting NASA-funded research on team composition for long-duration space exploration, such as a mission to Mars.

“I created my own dissertation topic that was new to the faculty, but that they deeply supported. That topic led me to a combination of leadership and diversity and inclusion work, something for which I have both personal and professional passion.”

Kristen (MA ’13, PhD ’16)

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Kristen, Industrial-Organizational Psychology PhD alumna  

Alumni Network

Our Industrial-Organizational Psychology PhD graduates advance to corporate, consulting and academic careers. DePaul graduates have pursued jobs in both applied and academic settings at organizations such as Advocate Health Care, Deloitte Consulting, Cisco, Motorola, I-O Solutions, Inc., Wayne State University, Louisiana State University and Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In addition, you’ll be connected to a network of 180,000 DePaul alumni working in a variety of industries.


Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Science and Health at (773) 325-7315 or

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