Psychology: Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Ph.D.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D800 R346

Program Requirements

PSY 5003Psychological Statistics I3
PSY 5013Psychological Statistics II3
PSY 6073Experimental Design for Psychology3
PSY 5901Foundations of Psychological Science I (master's prescribed coursework)1
PSY 5911Foundations of Psychological Science II (master's prescribed coursework)1
PSY 5703Survey of Industrial Psychology3
PSY 5723Selection and Assessment in Organizations3
PSY 5733Techniques in Industrial and Organizational Psychology3
PSY 5743Survey of Organizational Psychology3
Two additional seminar courses in I/O (6 credits total) from the following options or other seminars approved by the I/O program coordinator:6
Training and Development
Seminar in I/O Psychology
Advanced Seminar in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Leadership Theories, Research, and Practice
A sequence of at least three courses (minimum 9 hours) selected in accordance with departmental policy, as approved by the advisory committee and graduate liaison.9
Two courses (6 hours) in Psychology in areas outside the major and minor areas, as approved by the advisory committee and graduate liaison.6
Dissertation Research
PSY 6980Research for Doctoral Dissertation (minimum 2 hours)2
Additional Coursework
Additional post-baccalaureate coursework, electives and/or master's credit to reach 90 hours, as approved by the advisory committee and graduate liaison.44
Total Credit Hours90


  • There is a 6 hour limit on courses in Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Guidance.

General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees

A student should expect to spend at least the equivalent of three full academic years beyond the bachelor’s degree to obtain the doctoral degree. During this period the student will take appropriate graduate coursework, successfully complete the general examination, and successfully defend and submit the final dissertation.

All coursework applied to the doctoral degree must carry graduate credit.

The doctoral degree requires at least 90 post-baccalaureate hours, including both formal coursework and hours of research.

The minimum hour requirement for a specific doctoral degree program cannot be waived.

No more than one-half of the credit hours, both OU and overall, excluding Research for Doctoral Dissertation (6980), may be S/U-graded coursework.

The student must be in residence at OU for at least two consecutive 16-week semesters during the pursuit of the doctoral degree while enrolled and engaged in coursework or research activities as prescribed by the major academic unit.

For more detailed regulations and requirements for Doctoral degrees, please consult the Graduate College Bulletin: