Degree requirements


A minimum of 91 credit hours is required for the Ph.D. in Applied Social and Organizational Psychology.

Statistics and Research Methods (4 courses, 12 credit hours)

  • PSY 60000 Statistical Inference
  • PSY 60100 Correlation and Experimental Design
  • PSY 60800 Measurement Theory and the Interpretation of Data
  • PSY 68100 Seminar in Research Methodologies of Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Core courses in Applied Social and Organizational Psychology (4 courses, 12 credit hours)

  • PSY I-647 Attitudes and Social Cognition
  • PSY 57000 Staffing
  • PSY 57200 Organizational Psychology
  • PSY 57600 Human Resource Development

Concentration in Diversity Science (3 courses, 9 credit hours)

  • PSY I-579 Foundations of Diversity Science
  • PSY I-581 Gender Issues in the Workplace
  • PSY I-582 Organizational Diversity and Intergroup Relations

Other Required Courses

  • PSY I-685 Professional Seminar in Applied Social and Organizational Psychology (repeatable up to 8 credit hours)
  • PSY I-595 Teaching Seminar in Psychology (1 credit hour)
  • PSY 69800 Thesis Research (4-8 credit hours)
  • PSY 69900 Dissertation Research (20 credit hours)

Electives (3 courses, 9 credit hours)

  • PSY I-583 Judgment and Decision Making in Organizations
  • Other approved courses

Other Program Requirements

  • End of semester Student Assessment and Faculty Feedback (SAFF, pronounced “safe”) meetings
  • Comprehensive qualifying exams (written and oral) before advancing to PhD candidacy
  • Thesis and dissertation

Choice of Minor (4-5 courses, 12-14 credit hours)

  • Mixed Methods in Data Analytics for Social/Behavioral Sciences
    • PSY 60500 Applied Multivariate Analysis
    • Approved statistics and methods courses from Public Health, Sociology, and Statistics
  • Legal Studies for Social/Behavioral Sciences
    • PSY I-575 Psychology and Law Seminar
    • Law N-836 Legal Process and Legal Methods
    • Approved courses from Law
  • Customized minors as approved by committee