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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

This on-campus program consists of 81 credits and lasts five (5) years.

Its objective is to prepare students to become professionals who know how to integrate theory and practice in workplace environments by following a practical scientific model.

The program seeks to make students understand the principles and techniques of design in psychological research and learn how to apply them in workplace environments, in addition to helping them acquire the following:

  • Knowledge and skills to use the scientific method.
  • Knowledge to choose and use different research designs and statistical analysis in specific practical situations.
  • Understanding of psychological theories and models and their application to practical situations.
  • Ability to make, adapt, and validate tests.
  • Verbal and written skills to express procedures, results, and the implications of research.
  • Ability to communicate theoretical analysis and literature review regarding problems related to the discipline of industrial/organizational psychology.

Graduates of this program may apply to obtain professional licenses in Puerto Rico and be employed in the public and private sectors as consultants in organizational design and development, job analysis, recruitment and selection, work environment diagnosis, promotion of work-life balance, stress assessment and management, employee assessment and assistance programs, and the promotion of positive work environments. Graduates go on to work as supervisors, managers, vice presidents, and talent managers. They may also work in human capital, recruitment, employee relations, human resources, and organizational change. In addition, graduates may be employed at universities as researchers or professors who will prepare future professionals in this field.

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Program Details


81 credits

Academic Level

Doctoral degree


5 years

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PhD. In Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program Director Dr. Ramon Rodriguez Montalban

Program Director:

Dr. Ramón Rodríguez Montalbán

787-725-6500, ext. 1598
P.O. Box 9023711
San Juan, PR 00902-3711

Program Highlights

  • Graduates of this program may serve as organizational consultants, human resource managers and/or directors, organizational development specialists and/or managers, trainers, recruiters, university professors, researchers, and human resource specialists. Moreover, our graduates can actively contribute to transforming organizations.
  • Graduates develop teamwork skills, leadership training, as well as a solid scientific base that translates into applicable knowledge. This allows our interventions to be supported by scientific evidence.

In Focus

  • The courses are offered on campus and in a hybrid modality.
  • Our faculty provides continuous mentorship for our students so that they can get the most out of their academic experience. In addition, the university has multiple resources (e.g., professional counseling, tutoring, the Institutional Center for Scientific Research, etc.) to support our students throughout their education.

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  1. Evidence of having completed a master's degree in social/behavioral science, education, or health from an accredited university.
  2. A master’s degree minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Applicants who did not pursue a major in psychology must pass 15 credits (5 courses of 3 credits each) in psychology to qualify for an admissions assessment for the selected graduate program. Please contact your admissions advisor for more information.
  4. Applicants may request a maximum credit validation of 21 credits from another accredited university. Applicants with a master’s degree from Albizu University (AU) may opt for the program and transfer the relevant credits.
  5. AU reserves the right to admit candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements and will consider the following exceptional admission criteria: a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA. Admitted applicants will have one semester to make satisfactory academic progress applicable to their academic level in order to remain active students in the program for the remainder of the course of study. In addition, they must present evidence of research experience (writing, certifications, etc.).
  6. Access the following link to complete your application for admission: You can also attach your admission documents in PDF format.
  7. Submit official transcripts from all institutions where you have previously studied. Please send them to:
PO BOX 3476
MAYAGÜEZ, PR 00681-3476
  1. Results of the Graduate Studies Admission Examination (EXADEP) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Only the scores from exams taken within the last five years will be accepted.
  2. Two (2) letters of recommendation from a teacher, employer, or community leader (in accordance with the AU format).
  3. Negative criminal record certificate, which may be requested online at
  4. Original health certificate.
  5. Proof of hepatitis-B vaccination.
  6. Certificate of Vaccination of the Department of Health (PVAC-3, green form) with original signature of the issuing physician. Applies only to applicants who are 21 years of age or younger at the time of admission. Act No. 25 of 1983 (on immunization) requires that all students 21 years of age or younger, who wish to enter any educational institution in the country, provide an original copy of their PVAC-3 to show that they comply with the minimum immunization requirements. For more information, visit:
  7. International students must submit an evaluation of their academic credentials certified by a duly authorized agency.

Albizu University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

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