Helping Adults Age Gracefully

As the world’s population continues to live longer, researchers all over the world are looking at the secrets of longevity and retention of high physical and mental functioning, as well as emotional well-being. To continue this ever-growing research and provide support to older adults, individuals trained in gerontology are needed. Whether you decide to pursue further research in this area or wish to work with older adults and their families in different settings, the gerontology specialization is designed to provide you with the important theoretical and applied knowledge that will assist you in expanding your career in this area of psychology. You will learn about the many emotional and physical challenges of aging and the techniques and applications which may be used to enrich an older person’s life as well as help the whole family. Taught by professors who all hold doctoral degrees and have academic and practical experience in the subject, this specialization prepares you for career opportunities in research, work in health facilities, government agencies, and community organizations.

The NCU Difference

Northcentral University'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. 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. 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.

“It’s always been a goal of mine to achieve the pinnacle of education and my academic career. A PhD was a goal for me to set an example to my extended family that we can do anything, that we achieve as long as we have the strong will, the tenacity, and resilience. And I did so with [NCU’s] help and with my mentor’s help.” – Nery Grieco, PhD in 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
Post-Master's Cert 18 6 19 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.

*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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