The Industrial/Organizational Psychology Ph.D. program prepares students for careers in industry, government and university settings. It focuses on the theory and techniques of selecting, evaluating, and developing individuals within an organization. Topics include personnel selection, performance appraisal, training and development, employee attitudes, motivation, leadership, and organizational theory. The program also allows considerable flexibility for the advanced student to pursue related disciplines such as management, information systems and marketing.
The curriculum is based on the scientist/practitioner model of graduate education and follows two basic principles:
- The industrial/organizational psychologist must have a solid foundation in general psychological theory, research methodology and philosophy of science, in addition to knowledge in the content area of I/O psychology.
- The industrial/organizational psychologist must be aware of the contributions of other disciplines to the study of organizations and must have practical experience in working with formal organizations as a psychologist.
To develop the "practitioner" aspect of this model, the DePaul Industrial/Organizational Psychology program encourages students to work in industrial/organizational settings within the Chicago area. The Chicago metropolitan area offers a rich environment for research and practice in I/O psychology; it includes more than 34,000 retail businesses, 14,000 wholesalers, 40,000 service organizations, 13,000 manufacturers and many other types of organizations. Adjunct and part-time faculty from these organizations can provide students with unique training and experience. The "scientist" aspect is addressed by encouraging students to participate fully in the research and publication process. We do not believe that students should be trained to be either academics or practitioners, but rather to have both sets of skills.