Doctoral Course Sequence

The following is a sample four-year course sequence for a doctoral degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. 

2017-18 Time Schedule

Year one

Autumn (12–15 credits)

  • ORG 7003 Hacking the World of Work (4)
  • ORG 7100 Organizational Behavior (4)
  • Elective/Topical Seminar (3–5)

Winter (11–13 credits)

  • ORG 7001 FMP: Vocation, Ethics, Integrity (4)
  • ORG 7300 Leadership and Team Development (4)
  • Elective/Topical Seminar (3–5)

Spring (14 credits)

  • ORG 7101 Organizational Development and Consultation (4)
  • ORG 7105 Motivation (4)
  • CPY 7200 Personality Theory and Research (5)

Summer (13 credits)

  • ORG 7240 Social Psychology (4)
  • ORG 7000 History and Systems (4)
  • CPY 7020 Statistical Methods (5)

Year two

Autumn (11 credits)

  • CPY 7031 Research Methods and Stats I (5)
  • ORG 7004 Hacking the World of Work (4)
  • ORG 7995 Research and Dissertation (RVT) (2)

Winter (13–17 credits)

  • CPY 7032 Research Methods and Stats II (5)
  • ORG 7995 Research and Dissertation (RVT) (2)
  • ORG 7210 Program & Org Evaluation (4)
  • Elective/Topical Seminar (3–5)

Spring (10–12 credits)

  • CPY 7033 Research Methods and Stats III (5)
  • ORG 7995 Research and Dissertation (RVT) (2)
  • ORG 7010 Selection and Performance Management (4)

Summer (10 credits)

  • ORG 7034 Qualitative Research Methods (4)
  • ORG 7995 Research and Dissertation (RVT) (2)
  • Elective/Topical Seminar (3-5)
  • Elective/Topical Seinar (3-5)

Year three

Autumn (11 credits)

  • CPY 7010 Psychometrics (5)
  • ORG 7995 Research and Dissertation (RVT) (2)
  • Elective/Topical Seminar (3-5)
  • Elective/Topical Seminar (3-5)

Winter (13-15 credits)

  • ORG 7995 Research and Dissertation (RVT) (2)
  • Elective/Topical Seminar (3–5)
  • Elective/Topical Seminar (3-5)

Spring (11–13 credits)

  • ORG 7200 Theoretical Perspectives on Organizations (4)
  • ORG 7995 Research and Dissertation (4)
  • ORG 7230 Learning Systems & On the Job Development (4)
  • Pass Comprehensive Exam

Summer (11–13 credits)

  • ORG 7995 Research and Dissertation (4)
  • ORG 7940 Placement (4)
  • Elective/Topical Seminar (3–5)

Year four

Autumn (8 credits)

  • ORG 7995 Research and Dissertation (4)
  • ORG 7940 Placement 4
  • Elective/Topical Seminar (3-5)

Winter (8 credits)

  • ORG 7995 Research and Dissertation (4)
  • ORG 7940 Placement (4)

Spring (8 credits)

  • ORG 7995 Research and Dissertation (4)
  • ORG 7940 Placement (4)

Total units: 168 credits

Approved electives

Students in both the Industrial-Organizational Psychology master’s and doctoral programs can choose electives from other SPU graduate programs. Students in the masters program must complete 6 elective credits and 4 topical seminar credits. Students in the doctoral program must complete 18 elective credits and 16 topical seminar credits. Below is a list of approved courses.

2017-18 Time Schedule

Marriage and Family Therapy courses

  • MFT 6300 Theories of MFT I (3)
  • MFT 6303 Theories of MFT II (3)
  • MFT 6301 Becoming a Systems Therapist (3)
  • MFT 6610 Treatment of Abusive Systems (3)
  • MFT 6100 Social Ecology of Family (3)

Business Administration courses

  • BUS 6110 Macroeconomics for Managers (3)
  • BUS 6120 Managerial Finance (3)
  • BUS 6130 Financial Accounting (3)
  • BUS 6132 Managerial Accounting (3)
  • BUS 6140 Legal Environment of Business (3)
  • BUS 6150 Managerial Marketing (3)
  • BUS 6164 Operations Management (3)
  • BUS 6170 Information Systems Management (3)
  • BUS 6300 Human Resource Management (3)
  • BUS 6301 Labor and Employee Relations (3)
  • BUS 6303 Compensation and Benefits (3)
  • BUS 6305 Managing Cultural Diversity (3)
  • BUS 6360 "Innovation & Change Management" (3)
  • BUS 6361 Advanced Negotiations (3)
  • BUS 6367 "Managerial Communication" (3)

Clinical Psychology courses

  • CPY 7210 Developmental Psychology (5 credits)
  • CPY 7230 Cognition and Learning (5 credits)

Theology Courses

  • THEO 6010 Bible I: Interpretation and Teaching Christian Scriptures
  • THEO 6020 Global Christian Heritage I
  • THEO 6030 Theology/Ethics I: God/Environment
  • THEO 6040 Bible II: Intro to Old Testament
  • THEO 6050 Global Christian Heritage II
  • THEO 6060 Theology/Ethics II
  • THEO 6070 Bible III: Intro to New Testament
  • THEO 6080 Global Christian Heritage III
  • THEO 6090 Theology/Ethics III
  • THEO 6512 Reconciliation and Intercultural Studies

Industrial-Organizational Psychology Topical Seminars

  • ORG 6910/7910 Topical Seminar in Organizational Psychology (4)
  • ORG 6912/7912 Topical Seminar in Organizational Development (4)




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