Skip to main navigation | Skip to content | Skip to utility navigation
HAROLD ABEL SCHOOL OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

PHD Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology Addiction Psychology specialization

Courses

COURSE
Requirements
CALCULATE
My Graduation Date

Total program credits needed for graduation: 120

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 1.866.933.5902 or email an enrollment counselor. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor who is trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Core Courses

45 course quarter credits.

PSY8002
Orientation to Doctoral Learning in Psychology (5 quarter credits)
PSY7110
History and Systems of Psychology (5 quarter credits)
PSY7210
Lifespan Development (5 quarter credits)
PSY7411
Learning Theories in Psychology (5 quarter credits)
PSY7543
Ethics and Multicultural Issues in Psychology* (5 quarter credits)
PSY7615
Data Analysis with IBM SPSS (5 quarter credits)
PSY7625
Advanced Inferential Statistics** (5 quarter credits)
PSY7635
Advanced Qualitative Analysis ** (5 quarter credits)
PSY7658
Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology** (5 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses

40 course quarter credits.

PSY8405
Practical Psychopharmacology in Addiction Treatment** (5 quarter credits)
PSY8415
Substance-Use Program Design** (5 quarter credits)
PSY8420
Multicultural Issues in Addiction* (5 quarter credits)
PSY8430
Issues and Trends in Addiction-Related Treatments (5 quarter credits)
PSY8445
Addiction Research* (5 quarter credits)
PSY8465
Addiction Programs for Complex Cases** (5 quarter credits)
PSY8475
Systems Approaches to Addiction Prevention and Treatment (5 quarter credits)
PSY8485
Behaviors with Addictive Features (5 quarter credits)

Upon completion of all required course work:

PSY9919
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination* (5 quarter credits)

Learners must register for PSY9960 a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements.

PSY9960
Dissertation Courseroom (5 quarter credits each)

Two Elective Courses

10 course quarter credits.

Recommended elective courses:

PSY7626
Multivariate Statistics: Theory and Application* (5 quarter credits)
PSY7660
Survey Construction and Administration* (5 quarter credits)
PSY8330
Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice (5 quarter credits)
PSY8750
Managing Psychological Services (5 quarter credits)
PSY8763
Program Evaluation* (5 quarter credits)

OR

Choose any graduate courses, excluding introductory and special topics courses, lectures, seminars, practica, internships, and any Capella-designated first course.

Additional Prerequisite Courses

Learners who enroll in this specialization without the academic background needed to fulfill certain course requirements may be required to complete the following courses:

PSY6210
Introduction to Psychopathology (5 quarter credits)
PSY7310
Biological Basis of Behavior (5 quarter credits)
PSY7330
Psychopharmacology* (5 quarter credits)
PSY7620
Inferential Statistics (5 quarter credits)
PSY7630
Qualitative Analysis* (5 quarter credits)
PSY7650
Research Methods* (5 quarter credits)
PSY8410
Substance-Related Therapies* (5 quarter credits)
PSY8460
Dual Diagnosis* (5 quarter credits)

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

**This course has a prerequisite that is not listed as a required course, which may increase the total number of courses needed to complete this specialization. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for additional course prerequisites.

†It is recommended that learners without the academic background needed to fulfill certain course requirements use their elective courses to satisfy any two additional prerequisites.

Residency Requirement

To support your academic and professional success, residential colloquia provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you must complete three four-day colloquia (PSY-R8921, PSY-R8922, PSY-R8923).

What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

Learn more about online learning at Capella.

Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 50 credits into this specialization.

Sign Up for a Free One-Week Mini Course

Learn more about our online learning experience with a free one-week mini course.

Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing continuing education credits, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking first with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure the credits you earn now can be applied to a degree program later.

Learn more about individual courses

Concentrations

If you have elective courses in your specialization, you may be able to use them to fulfill both your degree and concentration requirements at the same time. However, completing a concentration may extend your total credits beyond the requirements of your degree. Concentrations available for this specialization include:

  • Program Evaluation and Measurement
  • Psychology Teaching and Instruction
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Industrial Psychology
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Coaching Psychology
  • Consultation Psychology

To learn more, call 1.866.933.5902 or email an enrollment counselor. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor who is trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

1

My Preferred Start Date

2

My Preferred Courseload

More Flexible Schedule
More Accelerated Program
One academic quarter is 3 months.
3

Explore More Ways to Save Time & Money*

Show Less
Transfer Credits
$
Tuition Reimbursement
$
Capella Alliance Discount
$
Capella Military Discount
$
Other Ways To Save
$
My Savings
$0

By enrolling at Capella University now, you can save on your tuition. Capella-sponsored grants are not based on financial need and do not require repayment. Instead, these special grants are available to everyone who enrolls now in this qualified program and meets other eligibilty requirements. Find out if you qualify.

Do you plan to enroll by ?

Reduce the time and cost of your degree by maximizing your transfer credits. To be accepted for transfer credit, previous coursework must follow Capella University's transfer credit policy as well as all program-specific transfer requirements.

To learn more about transfer credits, contact an enrollment counselor.

How many credits will you transfer?

Average 10 quarter credits. For questions about additional transfer credit opportunities, please contact an enrollment counselor.

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to their employees — even if they do not have a formal program.

To learn more, contact your HR department or manager to see if you are eligible.

What is your tuition reimbursement?

$

Capella is proud to partner with more than 500 organizations, colleges, and universities. Capella offers reduced tuition to all of our alliance partners.

To learn more, contact your HR Department or a Capella enrollment counselor.

What is your employer discount?

Capella University is committed to supporting our community of servicemen, veterans and their spouses as they progress toward their education goals. We are proud to offer up to a military discount.

Are you a service member, spouse of a service member, or veteran of the U.S. military?

There are numerous other ways to reduce your tuition and graduate more quickly. You may be able to receive additional sources of funding such as third-party scholarships or gifts.

For help finding ways to earn your degree faster and more affordably, please contact an enrollment counselor.

What other funds will you receive to finance your education?

$

My Estimated Total Tuition*

$0 To view estimated tuition,
complete steps above.

My Estimated Graduation Date

To view estimated graduation date,
complete steps above.
*This tool can help estimate available discounts to offset your educational expenses. This is not a guarantee of the exact figure you will pay; additional costs such as textbooks, and other fees are not included. Individual time to complete and total program cost vary and are subject to individual progress and number of courses taken per quarter. To determine your exact tuition, please contact an enrollment counselor.

Sample Course Sequence

The following course plan is a representation only; your transcripts will be evaluated for the maximum transfer credits allowed when you apply to Capella. After enrolling at Capella, you and your academic advisor will design your personalized academic plan. Courses and course requirements are subject to change. Not all courses are available every quarter.

To view recommended course sequence, complete steps above.

This program has prerequisites. For more information, refer to this program's course requirements or contact an enrollment counselor.

  • List View
  • Calendar View
Month Course # Course Name Type Credits
† To better understand how credits are awarded for the dissertation phase, refer to this program's course requirements or contact an enrollment counselor.
Based on the number of transfer credits you entered above, a corresponding number of elective courses have been removed from this example course sequence plan. Actual transfer credits and required courses may vary and are determined following an official transcript evaluation. Individual time to complete and total program cost vary and are subject to individual progress, number of transfer credits, and number of courses taken per quarter.
Transfer credits entered above have been first applied to meet elective requirements followed by general education requirements. Courses have been removed accordingly in the above example. Actual transfer credit and required courses may vary and are determined following an official transcript evaluation. Individual time to complete and total program cost vary and are subject to individual progress, number of transfer credits, and number of courses taken per quarter.