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Capella University's online PhD in Addiction Psychology program is designed to advance your career in the addiction field. You will build on your current expertise while exploring the latest theories, issues, and trends related to both substance use and behaviors with addictive features.

This is one of very few non-clinical doctoral specializations in addiction psychology available online, and it offers you the flexibility to combine your advanced educational pursuits with other professional and personal commitments.

The Building Blocks of Your PhD

Your PhD in Addiction Psychology program includes 4 integrated components: online coursework, in-person experiences (called colloquia or residencies), comprehensive exams, and dissertation. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you through your program and to your goal of a PhD.

View a sample course sequence to understand program timing and see how your coursework, colloquia, comprehensive exams, and dissertation all fit together.

To learn more about this program, request more information and we will match you with an enrollment counselor who specializes in your area of study.

Degree Outcomes

With your PhD in Addiction Psychology from Capella, you'll learn to synthesize principles and applications of addiction psychology theory and its evidence base, evaluate addiction psychology literature, and interpret knowledge of addiction psychology research and contribute to the field of psychology. You'll also learn to communicate knowledge about addiction psychology using accepted professional community standards. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.

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Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online PhD in Addiction Psychology include adjunct or part-time faculty, center administrator, lecturer/speaker, program administrator or researcher. Potential workplaces include county or state mental health facility, hospital, mental health clinic or rehabilitation center.