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General Psychology Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Design a Program that Fits Your Goals

Take your psychology career in the direction you choose. Capella’s online PhD in Psychology, General Psychology degree offers you the flexibility to design a program based on your professional interests. Choose from a wide range of electives to personalize your education to meet your professional goals, and prepare for a career as a university professor, researcher, consultant, or program administrator. Achieve your goals sooner with a program that incorporates dissertation preparation into the coursework early in the program, offering the potential to decrease the time it takes to complete your degree, without compromising quality.

At a Glance

  • Online and In Person
  • 7 Core Courses
  • 4 Specialization Courses
  • 5 Elective Courses
  • 3 Dissertation Research Seminars
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation

Classes Start April 8th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 Application Fee (waived w/promo WINTER)

What You’ll Learn

Think Critically

Apply critical-thinking in response to psychological challenges.

Lead in Psychology

Lead the profession of psychology, embracing research and best practices.

Adhere to Ethical Standards

Apply ethical principles and standards of psychology to academic and professional activities.

Embrace Diversity

Understand, respect, and respond to differences and diversity in the practice of psychology.

Present Professionally

Effectively communicate psychological concepts and information within the professional community and public.

Our Unique Doctoral Structure

Our PhD in General Psychology program is designed to remove roadblocks for you and demystify the dissertation process. This unique approach centers on supporting you in three ways: through program structure, a dedicated faculty and support team, and online resources. To help generate momentum toward graduation, you’ll begin your dissertation early in the program. Our faculty, support team, and online resources will help guide you every step of the way. 

PhD in Psychology, General Psychology Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Relevant, Real-World Learning

Get real-world skills. Our research in psychology course allows you to conduct research alongside Capella faculty.

Prepare to Teach

Our applied teaching track program helps you gain experience as a teaching assistant or tutor. 

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced doctoral faculty who are actively engaged in their professions.

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 original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet 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
$530 per credit, 104 total quarter credits, 25 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

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. 

Reduce Your Tuition with $5K

Enroll in your doctorate degree, apply for the scholarship, meet eligibility requirements, and receive up to $5K.

10% Military Discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Employer & Association Discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

Professionally Credible, Professionally Aligned

Capella’s PhD in psychology is competency-based, integrating common core psychology and research coursework with relevant and topical specialization content, providing alignment to the profession and an in-depth focus on your discipline.

Accredited & Recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

PhD in Psychology Sample Courses

In our PhD in Psychology, General Psychology program, you'll learn how to design, plan, and conduct appropriate research in the field of psychologyThe program includes dissertation research seminars which allow you to get an early start on your dissertation.

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PSY7660 *
Survey Construction and Administration

Learners in this course explore the conceptual and applied aspects of survey construction and administration processes. Course topics include comparative study designs (crosssections versus panels); sampling techniques; data collection procedures and methods (face-to-face, telephone, paper, and Internet); survey question design that accurately measures behavior, attitude, and personality; data processing and analysis; results reporting; ethics of surveys; causal inference; and survey critiques. Prerequisite(s): PSY7864.

5 quarter credits
PSY8626 *
Multivariate Statistics: Theory and Application

This course focuses on the theory and application of multivariate statistics, including discriminant analysis, factor (components) analysis, multiple analysis of variance (MANOVA), and logistic regression. Using SPSS, learners perform and interpret the results of these analyses. Learners also apply multivariate analysis, read and understand research results in peer-reviewed psychology journals, and utilize SPSS to produce output consistent with the correct parameters and assumptions of specific multivariate procedures. In addition, learners have the option of exploring the mathematical aspects of multivariate and inferential statistics theory and application. Prerequisite(s): PSY8625.

5 quarter credits
PSY8635 *
Advanced Qualitative Analysis

This course extends the topics covered in PSY7868 by further exploring the philosophical underpinnings of qualitative research and inquiry and emphasizes effective execution of the six school-approved dissertation research methodologies: ethnography, case study, grounded-theory phenomenology, heuristics, and generic qualitative research. Learners examine primary source references, books, and journal articles written by the developers of the six methodologies and gain an understanding of their nuances and applications. This course is designed to prepare learners to develop and conduct their own qualitative study for a dissertation. Prerequisite(s): PSY7868.

5 quarter credits
PSY8763 *
Program Evaluation

This course provides an examination of the theories, techniques, methods, and processes of program evaluation. Learners synthesize knowledge and skills gained from prior course work to design a program evaluation, plan its implementation, and communicate the results in appropriate and effective formats. Prerequisite(s): PSY7864.

5 quarter credits
Research in Psychology

Learners in this course engage in advanced study and research of a specialization-specific topic. Throughout the course, learners apply research, professional, and academic ethics through individual and group research tasks. The course includes participation in a faculty-directed research project. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in PSY7868.

5 quarter credits

Psychology Career Insights

PhD in Psychology—Which Specialization Is Right for You?

Learn more about Capella's PhD in Psychology program and available specializations.

PhD in Psychology Professional Paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our PhD in Psychology, General Psychology degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Land-based or online college, university, or community college
  • Hospital/health care system
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Mental health clinic
  • Human resource department
  • P-12 public/private school
  • Residential care facility
  • Law enforcement
  • Consulting firm
  • Market research firm
  • Community counseling center
  • Social service agency

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Land-based or online college, university, or community college
  • Hospital/health care system
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Mental health clinic
  • Human resource department
  • P-12 public/private school
  • Residential care facility
  • Law enforcement
  • Consulting firm
  • Market research firm
  • Community counseling center
  • Social service agency

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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