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Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Earn Your PhD in Psychology Online

The online Psychology PhD degree program at NCU was designed in response to growing interest in the field and the need for more advanced educational opportunities in psychology. In this program, you will hone your critical thinking skills, expand your knowledge base in psychology to evaluate individual, social, organizational and global problems, and learn and practice research methods as you make the transition from doctoral student to independent scholar in your field.

In NCU’s online PhD in psychology, you will be prepared to excel in your profession with an emphasis on applied experiential learning with case studies, scenarios, vignettes and sometimes real-life situations — while gaining a wealth of experience from your mentoring professors. As it concerns psychology, PhD programs online can’t be found anywhere else to match Northcentral University’s uniquely flexible approach, which includes weekly course starts to fit your schedule.

Career Potential*

  • College Professor / Instructor
  • College / University Administrator
  • Health Information Manager / Director
  • Medical Office / Practice Manager
  • Medical Health / Behavioral Counselor
  • Researcher (government or private business / organizations)
  • Government positions (advocacy, interventions, eldercare, crisis intervention, etc.)
  • Non-profit organizations (support services, educational services, etc.)
  • And many more, in public and private facilities of all different sizes!
*Positions may require additional experience, training and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Many roles may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met.


8 professionally relevant specializations
Total Credit Hours: 60 Credit Hours
Courses: 20 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 46 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One

Note on Licensure: NCU’s psychology programs are not licensure programs, and do not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional. Students in the PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology program may choose a non-clinical internship.