Gender Diversity

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
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Gender diversity is an important and growing societal area of study. The PhD-PSY in Gender Diversity specialization is an excellent option if you want to further examine the social, cultural and biological foundations of human sexuality, gender and sexual orientation. In this specialization, you will gain expertise in theory and research skills from professors who all hold doctoral degrees and develop ways to apply your learning about gender diversity in your own community. You will expand your breadth of knowledge as a mental health caregiver, and prepare to serve as a researcher, educator or consultant in this extremely important field after you graduate.

General Degree Requirements

The PhD in Psychology degree requires a minimum of 60 credit hours at the graduate level beyond the master’s degree.

The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credit hours in transfer toward the doctoral degree for graduate coursework completed at an accredited college or university while enrolled in a doctoral program with a grade of "B" or better.

Competencies for PhD Programs in Psychology

All PhD students are required to demonstrate competency in these areas:

  • Competency in Research Writing Skills - PhD students are required to complete both PSY7101 and PSY7102 at Northcentral. Students must demonstrate doctoral-level writing skills in all Northcentral graduate coursework. Students may request on their own behalf or may be recommended to complete an English writing course if the School Dean or faculty determine communications skills are insufficient for doctoral-level work.
  • Graduate-Level Research Methods Competency - PhD students are required to complete PSY7103, PSY7106, PSY7108, and PSY7109 at Northcentral.
  • Graduate-Level Statistics Competency - PhD students are required to complete PSY7107 at Northcentral.
  • Computer Competency - Doctoral students are required to have the computer skills necessary for completing a dissertation. Students must be able to prepare documents using advanced word processing skills (e.g., creation of tables and figures, headers and footers, page breaks, tables of contents, hanging indents). Students must use computer programs for the statistical analysis of data (e.g., SPSS). Students must produce a computer-based presentation (e.g., PowerPoint) for their dissertation oral defense.

See below for specialization courses specific to this program. To learn more, fill out the request information form below or view the course catalog.

Course Code


Course Description


Sexual Issues

This is a doctoral-level comprehensive course focusing on physiological, psychological, and social cultural variables associated with sexual identity, psychological, cultural, and biological aspects of human sexuality, including an overview of psychosexual development, cultural and individual variations, gender identities and roles, and legal aspects.


Dynamics of Family Interaction

This course examines the theoretical and empirical contributions to the understanding of marital and family systems. The specific focus of the course is on the processes and dynamics of interaction within these relationships. The course will include content on the history of family life, diverse family types, roles and rules in families, family problems and family health, and rituals in family life. Conceptualizations of effective functioning in marriages and families will be studied and various factors that impact marital and family systems will be addressed.


Psychology of Women

This is a doctoral-level course. Theories, research findings, and applications related to the psychology of women. Evaluation of critical contemporary social issues that impact women and girls.


Psychology of Gender

This doctoral-level course explores the way in which gender is understood from various perspectives including sociocultural, political, psychodynamic and biological perspectives. Issues of transgender and intersex variations will only be minimally discussed. Central to this course will be an opportunity to rethink and reintegrate ideas about gender differences by studying material across several cultures.


Psychological Aspects of Gender Variance

This is a doctoral-level course with a comprehensive focus on ethical, appropriate psychotherapy and counseling across the lifespan with individuals that identify as gender variant. The course addresses clinical competencies, theoretical approaches to understanding gender variance, and treatment modalities with both children and adults. The course assumes a basic working knowledge of the current thinking on transgender issues.


Psychology and the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Population

This is a doctoral-level course with a specific focus on advanced issues in psychotherapy and counseling with individuals who identify as Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual (GLB). Clinical models, family function and dynamics, ethical principles, and counseling techniques will be explored.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s PhD Psy costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $1,035
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $3,105
  • Program cost: $62,450 - $74,870
  • Average Book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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