About this Program

The Industrial and Organizational (IO) Psychology concentration in the Psychology Ph.D. program at ODU follows the scientist-practitioner model, emphasizing psychological theory and behavioral science. Faculty members involved in the IO Psychology Ph.D. program have expertise in organizational leadership, culture, turnover, job attitudes, individual differences (e.g., Big Five personality), human resource development, work-family issues, occupational health and safety, and the inclusion of women and minorities in the workplace. They are well versed in research design and statistics, and their research has been funded by Health Resources and Services Administration, NASA, NSF, NIOSH, and Department of Defense, among others. We encourage students to make innovative and professional contributions to the field. Our performance expectations and standards are high; however, faculty members are committed to your success. The learning environment is open, nurturing, and cooperative, and students are encouraged to be active partners in the learning process.

Program Highlights

  • Our Ph.D. Program in IO Psychology was ranked #1 for program culture and #5 overall among 44 Ph.D. programs in this SIOP study

  • 100% of our IO Psychology Ph.D. students publish in peer-reviewed journals

  • 100% of our IO Psychology Ph.D. students present at the Annual SIOP Conference

  • 100% of our IO Psychology Ph.D. students participate in applied research projects with organizational partners

  • 100% of our IO Psychology PH.D. graduates are employed within one month of graduation

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Doctor of Philosophy
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Human Resources Managers

$123,510 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate human resources activities and staff of an organization.

Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

$102,530 Median Salary

Apply principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems. Activities may include policy planning; employee testing and selection, training and development; and organizational development and analysis. May work with management to organize the work setting to improve worker productivity.

Management Analysts

$93,440 Median Salary

Conduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplification and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively. Includes program analysts and management consultants.

Training and Development Managers

$125,920 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate the training and development activities and staff of an organization.

Alumni Careers

Various Universities


What are the requirements to apply for Industrial/Organizational Psychology at ODU?
Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.
  • Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination including the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing scores. Applicants with degrees from fields outside psychology must also submit GRE scores for the Subject Test in psychology; 

  • A brief statement outlining the prospective student’s personal goals and academic objectives; 

  • A sample of recent academic writing (e.g., a paper required in an undergraduate course); 

  • Three letters of reference, at least two of which are from former college or university teachers; and 

  • Transcripts for all prior academic work. 

For Admission to the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program


Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in psychology or related field


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

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Associate Professor

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