Saint Louis University


Four SLU Paths to Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Saint Louis University appears in our ranking of the Top 10 Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

In Morrissey Hall, the College of Arts & Sciences grants the oldest Jesuit B.S. in Psychology with an Applied Psychology track for around 300 Saint Louis University undergrads intrigued by the mind’s biological and emotional processes. Chaired by Dr. Jeffrey Gfeller, the 120-credit program offers 90-minute Mentoring Matters sessions, Madrid semesters, Psi Chi membership, and internships like Ameren UE.

Online on Blackboard Learn 9.1, the 120-credit B.A. in Organizational Studies lets working adults age 22+ elect the Industrial Psychology Minor under Dr. Tracy Chapman and master corporate structures in faster eight-week terms. Similarly, the M.A. in Leadership & Organizational Development led by Dr. Steven Winton follows a 36-credit, non-thesis curriculum online with 24/7 access to courses, such as Talent Management. Headed by Dr. Richard Harvey, the Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology delivers the deepest scientist-practitioner training for research. The 73-credit, five-year dissertation track boasts 96 percent placement at Pfizer, FedEx, Metropolitan Life, Nike, Monsanto, and others for $90,070 median pay.

About Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University originated on November 16, 1818, when Most Rev. Louis Guillaume Valetin Dubourg of Saint-Domingue appointed Rev. Francois Niel to open Saint Louis Academy. Two years later, it was restructured as Saint Louis College for four-year bachelor’s degrees. Once located by Edward Jones Dome, it acquired the former Camp Jackson in 1867 for its 271-acre campus in Forbes’ 70th best city. In 1910, Saint Louis debuted the first business school west of the Mississippi River. Accredited in 1916, SLU graduated its first female PhD student, Mother Marie Kernaghan, in 1929. Desegregated in 1944, Saint Louis University pioneered a lay and religious Board of Trustees in 1967. Since launching the School of Professional Studies in 1963, SLU was also expanded by Raymond L. Sullivant to a Madrid campus. Budgeting $799.6 million, Saint Louis now employs 3,097 faculty teaching 12,949 Billikens from 78 countries online and on-site with 265+ clubs like SHRM. The U.S. News & World Report ranked SLU America’s 106th best university, 36th top value, 68th best for vets college, and 148th top psychology program.

Saint Louis University Accreditation Details

On June 27, 2016, Saint Louis University satisfactorily submitted a Fifth-Year Interim Report to the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCA) to keep the Level VI accreditation valid through 2021 under its 33rd Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Fred Pestello, who received a Charles Horton Cooley Book Award. Headquartered 311 miles north via Interstate 57 in Chicago, this mega 19-state Midwest Region accreditor is recognized by the U.S. Education Department to comprehensively review SLU’s one associate, 98 baccalaureate, 64 master’s, and 45 doctoral majors. Particularly, the Department of Psychology Ph.D. Program was reaffirmed by the American Psychological Association (APA) through May 2020.

Saint Louis University Application Requirements

Admission to Saint Louis University is classified “very selective” by Peterson’s because 8,653 of the 13,431 Fall 2017 applicants were victorious for only 64 percent acceptance. First-year Billikens seeking the B.S. in Psychology: Applied Psychology must graduate from licensed high schools or score above 2250 on the GED. Four years each of English and Math plus Biology are suggested. Freshmen generally rank in the upper quartile with a mean 3.9 GPA. Achieving at least 1170 on the SAT or 25 on the ACT is strongly preferred. Online B.A. in Organizational Studies majors must be at least 22 years old with three years of work experience. The School of Professional Studies is generally test-optional, but international students need a minimum 6.5 IELTS, 54 Pearson, 80 TOEFL, or 540 SAT Reading mark. M.A. in Leadership & Organizational Development cohorts must be currently employed part- or full-time. Bachelor’s courses like Statistics, Organizational Theory, and General Psychology are prerequisite. GPAs falling below 3.0 are considered on case-by-case bases. The Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology mandates an accredited Master of Science, GPA above 3.49, and 50th percentile GRE score.

Saint Louis University has final undergrad deadlines of November 1st for Spring and March 1st for Fall entrance. Online B.A. in Organizational Studies transfers can apply until one month before the seven-week term starts. The M.A. in Leadership & Organizational Development has an April 1st priority deadline. Doctoral IOP cohorts must apply before December 1st yearly. Accordingly, complete the SLU Application or Common Application online for $25 ($45 if graduate). Mail official academic records to 1 North Grand Boulevard in St. Louis, MO 63103. Select ACT code 2352 or SAT/GRE code 6629 for testing reports. Additional documentation includes the school report form, professional résumé, ZeeMee profile link, goals statement, 2-3 recommendations, and a research paper. Forward more questions to (800) 758-3678 or

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2018-19, Saint Louis University is billing full-time B.S. in Psychology: Applied Psychology majors $21,580 by term or $43,160 annually. Excess credits cost $1,510 apiece. Summer Session courses are $770 per credit. Undergrads pay the $297 university fee, $350 study abroad fee, $65 activity fee, and $200 orientation fee. Living at the “Gateway City” campus’ dorms like Griesedieck Complex adds $4,703 to $7,252 for semester room and board. SLU budgets $1,000 for texts and $3,052 for personal supplies. Annual bachelor’s attendance equals $57,214 on-site and $46,218 with parents. The Online B.A. in Organizational Studies charges $650 per credit. Active-duty and veteran students spend $410 per credit. The M.A. in Leadership & Organizational Development costs $790 per credit. Doctoral tuition rises higher at $1,130 per credit though.

According to the NCES College Navigator, the Office of Student Financial Services in DuBourg Hall supports 56 percent of SLU Billikens with median assistance of $22,900 each for $150.24 million total. University funds include the Deans’ Scholarship, Brandt Disability Scholarship, Continuous Progress Scholarship, Latisha Barefield Memorial Scholarship, Steven & Diana Ippolito Scholarship, Anne Haltenhof Scholarship, Graduate Student Success Scholarship, John Paul Fechter Service Scholarship, Jesuit High School Award, and Vice Presidents’ Scholarship. The MLK Scholars Program gifts $24,000 overall for freshmen meeting 3.25 GPAs and volunteer work goals. Full-time online B.A. in Organizational Studies students qualify for the $4,500 Herndon Products Scholarship. Ambitious Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology candidates can receive 11-month Diversity or Dissertation Fellowships. Federal Pell Grant, SEOG Grant, Direct Loan, and Work-Study resources are available with FAFSA forms coded 002506. The Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program has an April 1st deadline for students with an EFC below $12,000. Missouri’s Bright Flight Scholarship, Marguerite Ross Barnett Memorial Scholarship, and Wartime Veteran’s Survivors Grant help too.

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