Industrial-Organizational Psychology ​

Ask yourself:

  • What difference does leadership make?
  • Can we find and develop leaders who lead strong and stay connected?
  • How do we build organizations that challenge and support people?
  • Does our faith matter at work? How does it affect our identity?
Joey Collins lecturing to a class

Research is foundational

Finding answers to important work-related questions requires research. It’s the foundation for deciding how we prioritize, organize, and lead. Research also enables us to evaluate the impact of our decisions.

Our focus

Seattle Pacific University’s Industrial-Organizational Psychology department equips you with the best research and applied training available, preparing you to be a scholar-leader fully committed to changing the world of work … one meaningful conversation at a time.

The big picture

Graduates of SPU’s Industrial-Organizational Psychology program will become:

  • Scholars with the tools, theoretical knowledge, and analytical skills needed to launch academic or consulting careers.
  • Practitioners who apply knowledge and skills to manage change, use scientific methodologies, and improve organizations.
  • Leaders who motivate and build teams, develop future leaders, and guide organizations.

Faith integration

Our program is built on a Christian faith perspective, and we welcome students from different faiths. We believe knowing who you are and what you believe is critical as an I-O psychologist, since you’ll inevitably bring those perspectives to the workplace.

While the program consistently integrates faith and worldview, two courses take a more specific focus:

  • Master’s degree students complete one 4-credit faith integration course (ORG 6001).
  • Doctoral degree students complete two 4-credit faith integration courses (ORG 7001 and 7002).

Next steps

Learn more at our prospective student page or current student page. Or contact the program coordinator at 206-281-2312 or

Robert B. McKenna

Welcome to I-O Psych

Chair and Associate Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology Rob McKenna explains why this program is so important today.

Watch the video.


CLRD: It’s About Leadership

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Changing the World of Work

You can have a part in changing the trajectory of corporate America, applying your research to corporate culture, motivation, and leadership development. 

What is Industrial-Organizational Psychology?

What is I-O Psychology? Check out this video from The Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology