Prospective Students: Doctoral
The doctoral degree in industrial/organizational psychology:
The doctoral degree program is designed to meet the industry standard for graduate programs in industrial/organizational psychology.
Our program curriculum targets each area of competence suggested by the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP), which ensures that our graduates are fulfilling not only the expectations for master's-level education but also the expectations of experts working in the field.
Review the targeted competencies (PDF, 42 KB) in the doctoral degree program.
The doctoral program begins in Autumn Quarter and admits students once a year. The application deadline is December 15.
The Industrial/Organizational Psychology program admissions committee conducts a preliminary screening process. Finalists for the doctoral program are invited to campus for personal interviews after February 7.
Admission depends upon recommendation by the program faculty members and approval from the department chair. This process is usually completed within eight weeks after the final application deadline.
Admission Requirements for
the Ph.D. Degree
Transfer of Credit
Applicants who have taken graduate work at a regionally accredited institution may be allowed to transfer up to 12 quarter units.
Applicants who have been granted a master's degree* in psychology, organizational psychology, business administration, or a related field from a regionally accredited university may be allowed to transfer up to 30 credits.
A maximum of 20 elective credits may be transferred. Students must provide applicable transcripts and/or syllabi for any courses they wish to transfer.
Each transferrable course must be
• A minimum of three graduate quarter credits.
• Equivalent to courses taught in SPU’s industrial/organizational psychology programs.
• Completed within seven years of admission.
A minimum grade of “B” will be required for transferred work. Any transfer credit petitions should be submitted only after formal admission to the doctoral program.
*Seattle Pacific graduates who have been granted a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from SPU and who wish to pursue their doctorate must apply to the Industrial-Organizational Psychology doctoral program.
Apply: Begin your journey by filling out the graduate application form.
Course Schedule: See a sample two-year course sequence. [LINK TO: Course Sequence page]
Costs/Financial Aid: Get insights into costs and the ways to pay for them. [LINK TO: Costs/Financial Aid page