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PhD in Psychology Program

Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Science

Do your goals include teaching, research, or management? An online PhD in Psychology from Capella can help deepen your understanding of human behavior and development and help you reach those goals.

Why Choose Capella?

Discover all you can about the human mind, and put that knowledge to work. Whether your focus is scholarship or research, Capella’s PhD in Psychology program provides tools you can use to help expand your career options.

Professionally Aligned Curriculum

Our competency-based curriculum integrates core psychology and research coursework with relevant specialization content.

Comprehensive Doctoral Support

Experts will support you throughout your coursework, residencies, and dissertation to keep you moving toward your goal of a PhD.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

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

Relevant, Real-World Education

In our psychology research seminar course you’ll work side by side with faculty to gain research experience.

Programs that Fit Your Life

Tackle coursework on your schedule with 24/7 online access to your courseroom anytime, anywhere, on any device.

Program Specializations

Learn more about admissions requirements, costs, and courses for your specialization.

We believe in being transparent about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella Degree. Learn more about Capella’s learning outcomes and gainful employment.

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

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 vs. Doctor of Psychology

Need help deciding between a PsyD and PhD? Learn the differences between these doctoral degree programs.

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PhD in Psychology – Which Specialization Is Right for You?

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

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Is a PhD in Psychology Worth the Investment?

Pursuing a PhD in Psychology can offer numerous benefits. Calculate the potential ROI with a simple formula.

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