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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.

What to Expect

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

Classes Start January 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.

Admissions Requirements » | $50 Application Fee

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.

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
$525 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.

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. The prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

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. 

10% Military Discount

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

Employer & Association Discounts

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

Student Success Story

"My experience at Capella outstripped any academic experience I’d had before."

Elizabeth Vermilyea
PhD in Psychology

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 & Respected

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

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 psychology.

Dissertation Research Seminar

Allows you to work extensively on your dissertation topic, methodology, literature review, and research plan from the beginning of your program. 

Dissertation Mentors

During your dissertation, you’ll be matched with an experienced mentor who will help you stay on track to completing your degree. 

Residency

Enhance the skills you develop in your program coursework through these intensive, onsite experiences with students and faculty.  

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
PSY7660 Survey Construction and Administration
PSY8626 Multivariate Statistics: Theory and Application
PSY8635 Advanced Qualitative Analysis
PSY8763 Program Evaluation
PSY9001 Research in Psychology

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 members hold 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.

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than résumés and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Relevant Blog Posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

PhD in Psychology—Which Specialization Is Right for You?

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

Move Forward in Your Career

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 examples are intended to serve as a general guide.  Many factors determine what position an individual may attain, and Capella can’t guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

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