General Psychology, PhD-Psy

General Psychology Specialization

The PhD-PSY in General Psychology gives you the opportunity to develop a broad base of knowledge, strong research and critical thinking skills, and an appreciation for diversity by applying principles of psychology and conducting research related to your area of interest. Taught by professors who all hold doctoral degrees, the psychology PhD program will develop your core knowledge, including expertise in the biological and social bases for 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. Graduates work in schools, hospitals, clinics, research centers and business.

Note on Licensure: The Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology program is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional.
Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
PhD-Psy 60 20 48 months View Course Catalog
*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.

Unmatched Flexibility
NCU offers weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, weekly assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations.

100% Doctoral Faculty
No matter the degree level you pursue, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One-to-One Engagement
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, receiving 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.

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