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PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Our Doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology program prepares students to become professionals to integrate theory and practice in workplace environments by following a practical scientific model.

This program is offered in person on both of our Mayagüez and San Juan Campuses. It comprises 81 credits and can be completed in five (5) years.

Albizu’s PhD in I/O Psychology teaches students the principles and techniques of design in psychological research and how to apply them in workplace environments. This course also requires mastery of the following:

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

Graduates earning a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology may apply for professional licensure in Puerto Rico, which can lead to a variety of rewarding careers in public and private sectors, including:

  • 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
  • Promotion of positive work environments

Albizu's PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology graduates can plant the seeds of success for the next generation of professionals in this growing field, becoming university researchers and professors who inspire and educate their students.

  • Courses for Albizu’s Doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology are offered in-person on our Mayagüez and San Juan campuses, with many courses also offered online to accommodate a flexible schedule.
  • Albizu faculty nurtures doctoral students from start to finish by providing continuous mentorship and various resources, including professional counseling, tutoring, and research opportunities. Both the Mayagüez and San Juan campuses have on-site Albizu Clinics that offer mental health services to students and the community.
  • Albizu University’s PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology program develops graduates with the teamwork skills, leadership training, and scientific foundation necessary to create impactful interventions grounded in evidence.

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Program Details


81 credits

Academic Level

Doctoral degree


5 years

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Program Director:

Dr. Karisol Chévere Rivera

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

  • Industrial/Organizational Psychologists earn a median annual wage of $139,280, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A PhD in I/O Psychology can also open doors to other attractive benefits, such as rapid job growth, flexible work arrangements, and the chance to make a real difference every day.
  • Albizu University’s rigorous training equips graduates with a doctorate in I/O Psychology with the skills to help organizations excel, create thriving workplaces, develop strong leaders , and transform entire organizations.
  • Many graduates go on to successful careers as organizational consultants, human resource managers, organizational development specialists, university professors, researchers, and human resource specialists.

Ready to make a positive impact with a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology?

Our admissions and financial aid advisors are here to answer any questions you may have about the application process, PhD in I/O Psychology program requirements, and tuition costs. We can also help you develop a financial aid plan that works for you.

To contact us, fill out the form on this page or call us at 1-800-631-1835. We look forward to hearing from you!

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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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