Doctoral Degrees in Psychology

Build on your passion

Take your psychology career in any direction you want with an online psychology doctoral program from Capella that fits your busy life. Target your studies and build your professional credibility.


PhD in Behavior Analysis

Develop the necessary skills to help you earn the Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral designation on your credentials for use in private practice, educational and corporate environments.


PhD in Psychology

Reach for the highest academic level in the field of psychology as you deepen your understanding of human behavior. Choose from five specializations to focus on the area that fits your goals.


PsyD in Clinical Psychology

Prep for state licensure eligibility with clinical training and an advanced scientific study of mental disorders, assessment, and psychotherapy for adults and children. 


PsyD in School Psychology

Learn to lead strategies that positively impact young people while developing proficiencies in consultation, supervision, evaluation, ethics, intervention and prevention, and more.


EdS in School Psychology

Prepare to pursue state licensure or certification as a school psychologist when paired with Capella’s MS in School Psychology.

What's it like to be a doctoral student?

What does it take to earn a doctoral degree? Learn more about the experience, explore each step of the journey, and read stories from students who have successfully earned their doctorate.

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Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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Why Choose Capella?

Make your mark in the field of psychology by focusing on an interest that fuels your passion. Capella’s online psychology doctoral programs can help you take the direct path to meeting your career goals.

Professionally Aligned Curriculum

Whether your focus is clinical, academic, or research-based, our curriculum is aligned to cover what you need to know.

Comprehensive Doctoral Support

Experts will support you throughout your coursework, residencies, and dissertation to keep you moving toward your goals.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

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

Engaging, Contemporary Education

Our blended model of online coursework and face-to-face experiences offers a flexible, high-quality doctoral education.

I cannot say enough about the faculty.  All of the faculty I have worked with have been supportive, passionate, and it was easy to see that they love what they do and find joy in helping develop professionals.

Stacy Luther*

PsyD Clinical Psychology

*Actual Capella learner who agreed to appear in promotional materials for Capella

Relevant blog posts

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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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