Department of Industrial/Organizational Psychology

“Pursuing a Masters or Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Seattle Pacific University is one of the most challenging things you will ever choose to do, but if you are willing to work hard and take an honest look at how you show up in the world, you will be prepared to radically impact the world of work for the better.”

-Dr. Rob McKenna , Chair of the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program and Executive Director of the Center for Leadership Research and Development

Program Overview

The Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program at Seattle Pacific University

offers the following degrees

 A PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

A Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The Center for Leadership Research & Development is located within the School of Psychology Family and Community and closely affiliated with the Department of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. The Center for Leadership Research & Development is connected to a community of people and organizations committed to developing the leadership potential in a generation of leaders. When it comes to developing a generation of leaders, our faculty, students, alumni, and strategic partners are known for their deep thinking about the realities of leading well, and for their skill at making research and tools accessible to leaders just like you.

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-leader-servants who are fully committed to the goal of changing the world of work over the next 10 years.

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  (MA and PhD) 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.
For more information about the MA or PhD program visit  Industrial/Organizational Psychology at SPU 

Have more questions about the I-O Psychology program at SPU? Watch the video below to hear answers to questions like:

  • What do you look for in a candidate?
  • Which program (MA or PhD) is right for me?
  • SPU is a Christian community. What does that mean for the program?

And many more!

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