Organizational - Industrial Psychology

Program Overview

Ask Yourself the Following
  • What is it that gets you out of bed to go to work?
  • At the end of the day, what difference did you make?
  • If leading others is so important, why is it so hard?
  • What difference does your faith make in who you are and what you do?
  • What experiences in your life changed you forever and what did you learn from them?
  • What would you sacrifice for the sake of those you lead?
For the faculty and staff of Seattle Pacific University’s Industrial-Organizational Psychology program, these are important questions that deserve answers. And the process used to answer them is something we call research.

Research Is Foundational

Research provides the foundation for making informed decisions about how we should organize, what’s important to people, and who should lead. Research also gives us the tools to evaluate the impact of our decisions.

Our Focus

SPU’s Industrial-Organizational Psychology department is focused on equipping students with the best research training available, in order to prepare them to be scholar-leaders who are fully committed to the goal of changing the world of work over the next 10 years.

So what’s our focus?

Changing the world of work, one meaningful conversation at a time … … one student, faculty member, and stakeholder at a time.

The Big Picture

Graduates of the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program will become
  • Scholars who possess the necessary tools, theoretical knowledge, and analytical skills to launch their academic or consulting careers.
  • Practitioners who apply their knowledge and skills to manage change, utilize scientific methodologies, and improve the organizations around them.
  • Leaders who guide organizations, motivate and build teams, and develop future leaders.

The Bigger Picture: Our Faith Statement

Seattle Pacific’s Industrial-Organizational Psychology programs are built upon a Christian faith perspective. However, an open-enrollment philosophy welcomes students of all faith backgrounds into our master’s- and doctoral-degree programs. Both the master’s and doctoral faith integration courses encourage students to examine concepts of leadership, work, and vocation from a biblical perspective.
  • Masters degree students complete one, four-credit faith integration course (ORG 6001)
  • Doctoral degree students complete two, four-credit faith integration courses (ORG 7001 and 7002).
Throughout the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program, each student is encouraged to discover and refine his or her personal sense of vocation and convictions related to faith, life, work, stewardship, and organizational leadership.

Next Steps

Find out more by visiting our prospective student page, or by contacting the Program Coordinator at 206-281-2312 or

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Deadline Dec. 15th



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Dying to Lead by Dr. Rob McKennaReal Time Leadership Development

Dr. Rob McKenna published Dying to Lead: Sacrificial Leadership in a Self-Centered World.

Dr. Paul Yost published his book: Real Time Leadership Development.

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