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General Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Gain a deep understanding of the many facets of psychology and expand your opportunities for making a difference in people’s lives. Earn a PhD in Psychology, General Psychology from Capella University.

Whether you’re looking to teach, lead, or consult, you’ll have the flexibility to focus on topics that fit your interests. Simply choose electives that shape your education to meet your goals.

Relevant, real-world learning

Your psychology coursework allows you to conduct research in consultation with Capella faculty.

Complementary coursework approach

Get direct, intensive experience with face-to-face residencies that enhance your online coursework and help you complete your program successfully.

Scholar-practitioner faculty

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

Classes start June 6

Use the code SPRING to waive the $50 application fee.

At a glance

  • Online
  • 7 Core courses
  • 4 Specialized courses
  • 25 max transfer credits
  • 5 Elective courses
  • 3 Doctoral Project Development Seminars
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Dissertation

Reduce your tuition by $20,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $20K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your doctoral degree..

What can you do with a PhD in Psychology degree?

Your education can help you reach your personal and professional goals. Here are some of the jobs and employment settings to consider with a PhD in Psychology, General Psychology.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Adjunct or part-time psychology faculty
  • Full-time psychology faculty
  • Instructor
  • Program administrator/director
  • Consultant
  • Dean of psychology faculty
  • Research coordinator/administrator

Employment settings to explore

  • Community college
  • Residential care facility
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Hospital
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Human resources department
  • Market research firm
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Social service agency
  • Insurance carrier

*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.

Articles and resources

Expand your perspective on academic and career topics with articles and resources from Capella University.

The Expanding Role of Psychology: Interview with Dean Elizabeth Riley

Dean Elizabeth Riley returned to Capella University to help the School of Psychology grow its mission and program.

What’s it like to be a doctoral student?

What does it take to earn a doctoral degree? Learn more about the experience and explore each step of the journey.