General Psychology

Explore All Facets of Psychology

The general psychology specialization gives you the opportunity to develop a broad base of knowledge, strong research and critical thinking skills, as well as an appreciation for diversity by applying theories and principles of psychology. Students have the ability to select courses from a broad range of electives to fit their personal and professional goals. This specialization also prepares students to apply principles of psychology and conduct research related to their area of interest in a variety of settings. Taught by professors who all hold doctoral degrees, the general psychology specialization will develop your core knowledge, including expertise in the biological and social bases of behavior, the fascinating process of human development, the history of psychology and its impact on today’s culture, and the role of ethics and diversity training in psychology. Many graduates seek career opportunities in schools, community centers, research centers and business.

The NCU Difference

NCU's unique approach to graduate education is ideal for self-starters and independent thinkers who want a premier education with unprecedented flexibility. With NCU’s online learning model, there are weekly starts for every program or course. Our education approach was developed to meet the needs of your busy life and schedule. We use a unique one-to-one learning model that pairs one student with one doctoral professor for each course. With no teaching assistants, you learn directly from experts who provide personal feedback and professional insights. Throughout your academic journey, you will be mentored by professors who are experienced in your field of study. At NCU, you will never have to participate in group projects. You move forward on your pace, by setting your own studying schedule. In a class size of one, there’s no one to get in the way of your individual success. None of our programs have residency requirements, allowing flexible access to you no matter where you live. When you enroll in NCU to earn an advanced degree in psychology, you will become part of a community of professionals who are already making a difference around the world.

“The doctorate in general psychology really allows you the opportunity to explore what you want to do in a wide range. [It helps position you] to do research, teach, or to do the types of work where you can apply the psychological knowledge without having special structures or restrictions on what you do and how you focus.” – James Kawood, PhD in Psychology with a specialization in general psychology (2016)

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.

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
BAPSY 30 10 21 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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