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Addiction Psychology Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Science

Overview

Build on your career and pursue your goal of helping those with substance use and addictive behaviors with Capella University's online PhD in Psychology, Addiction Psychology specialization. This program is designed for clinical professionals seeking to serve in academic, research, or administrative positions in the field of addiction psychology, while building on your current expertise, and exploring the latest theories, issues, and trends related to substance use and addictive behaviors.

This is one of few non-clinical doctoral specializations in addiction psychology available online. Our integrated dissertation approach sets you on a path to completing your dissertation with the support and guidance of experienced faculty right from the beginning.

The Building Blocks of Your PhD

In the PhD in Addiction Psychology program, you will begin work on your dissertation immediately. Our curriculum begins with programs of research to help you determine your topic and incorporates credit-bearing dissertation research seminars with assistance blended into coursework. Expert faculty, research methodologists, and advisors provide the right assistance at the right time; when you need it. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you seamlessly through your program and to your goal of a PhD.

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.

Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online PhD in Addiction Psychology include faculty position, center administrator, lecturer/speaker, program administrator or researcher. Potential career opportunities include academic positions and administrative or research positions in public or private treatment facilities, research institutions, or private businesses.

Detailed Program Information

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Classes Start November 6th

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Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our online-learning format that guides you along. You pay per credit; we set the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1–3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$525 per credit, 104 total quarter credits, 25 max transfer credits

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Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable–there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid. 

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10% Military Discount

Military service members and their spouses could be eligible for a discount.

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Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Sample Courses

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
PSY8405 Practical Psychopharmacology in Addiction Treatment
PSY8415 Substance-Use Program Design
PSY8420 Multicultural Issues in Addiction
PSY8430 Issues and Trends in Addiction-Related Treatments
PSY8445 Addiction Research

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Faculty

Our distinguished faculty holds top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now. 

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

Dissertation Mentors

During your dissertation, you'll be matched with an experienced mentor who will help you to succeed.

Ready for the Next Step?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.