Gender Diversity

Become a Leader in the Study of Gender Diversity

Contemporary culture has increasingly become aware of the importance of gender and its impact on both individual and group relational dynamics. Gender diversity is an ever-important topic of study in the area of emotional health and identity development. The gender diversity specialization recognizes how crucial it is for today’s mental health providers and educators to possess knowledge and sensitivity to a myriad of issues, challenges, and changes to our current understanding of mental health, gender and healthy sexuality. As well, this specialization explores the important distinction between gender, sex, and sexuality, recognizing that while different constructs, there are many critical points of intersection and influence among them. Taught by professors who all hold doctoral degrees, you will gain expertise in theory and research skills, and develop ways to apply your learning about gender diversity in your own community. This program will prepare you to serve as a researcher, educator or consultant in this extremely important field.

The NCU Difference

Northcentral University is committed to providing a premier education for our students, and holds the same regional accreditation as other prestigious American universities (WSCUC*). NCU’s Department of Psychology delivers PhD, master’s, bachelor’s, and graduate certificate programs in psychology that emphasize the knowledge, skills, practical application and values that are integral to the field. You will learn from our professors, all of whom hold doctoral degrees, and are experienced professionals in your field of study. Our one-to-one mentoring approach to learning allows you to experience individualized interaction. You'll be learning in a class size of one, so there's no need to worry about dropped classes or waiting lists. NCU’s flexible approach to earning a graduate degree online, includes weekly course starts to fit your schedule. Our online programs allow you to pursue your degree on your time. At NCU, there are no residency requirements, no need to travel to a physical campus and no entrance exams. You determine your schedule, just as you determine your educational outcome. That’s why NCU’s independent study approach is designed for you, the self-motivated student, who seeks a higher degree in their educational journey.

“I chose NCU because I could really focus on my degree while still living my own life. Going to school online made it possible for me to continue my career and still be there for my friends and family, but not sacrifice my education in the process.” – Marsha Christopher, Master of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in gender diversity (2016)

*WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, http://www.wascsenior.org.

At A Glance

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
PhD-Psy 60 20 48 months View Course Catalog
MAPSY 30 10 18 months View Course Catalog
Post-Master's Cert 18 6 13 months View Course Catalog
Post-Baccalaureate Cert 12 4 6 months View Course Catalog

Beyond the specialized courses designed to help you expand your abilities in your chosen field of study and profession; NCU offers the following benefits to students and alumni:

Unmatched Flexibility
Many online programs offer the ability to take courses without leaving your home, but few offer weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations. The option to turn in your assignments as early in the week as you want, provide you the ability to schedule school around your life, not the other way around.

100% Doctoral Faculty
Whether you are completing your bachelor's degree, pursuing your graduate degree, or on the path to earning your doctoral degree, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One to One Engagement
Not only will you learn from a doctor in the field, but you won't have to fight for facetime as one of many within a classroom. At NCU, you'll have the opportunity to interact one to one with your professor to get personalized mentoring.

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology Learning Outcomes

  • Student will be able to appraise theories and principles in psychology to inform professional contexts.
  • Students will be able to evaluate research methods and data analysis in psychology.
  • Student will be able to select psychological principles and research for application to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  • Students will be able to evaluate ethical principles of psychology in academic and professional matters.
  • Students will be able to critique diversity issues in professional contexts.
  • Students will be able to design clear and effective communication for fellow professionals and the public.

Master of Arts in Psychology Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to analyze theories and principles in psychology to inform professional contexts.
  • Students will be able to examine research methods and data analysis in psychology.
  • Students will be able to apply psychological principles and research to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  • Students will be able to relate ethical principles of psychology to academic and professional matters.
  • Students will be able to examine diversity issues in professional contexts.
  • Student will be able to model clear and effective communication for fellow professionals and the public.

*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

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