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.


8 professionally relevant specializations
Total Credit Hours: 60 Credit Hours
Courses: 20 Courses 
Recommended Completion Time: 48 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One

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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.

As you move through your PhD in Psychology program online at NCU, you will increase your ability to conduct and evaluate research, prepare high-level professional communication in a variety of media, critically evaluate theories, and design and evaluate strategies to improve the human condition from a psychological standpoint. Your mentoring professors will guide you to write and present a dissertation that enhances the field by generating new knowledge or reformulating existing knowledge in order to be awarded your Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology. - James Billings, PhD, School of Social & Behavioral Sciences Dean