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PhD in Psychology - Gender Diversity Studies

The Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Gender Diversity Studies curriculum is designed to examine issues specific to familial roles, gender classes, sexuality, and sexual orientation. Read more about this Northcentral University graduate degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Gender Diversity Studies

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:

Doctoral

Program Prerequisites:

Individuals interested in applying to this program may have a background in social work or family counseling. Previous courses in cultural diversity, sociology, sexuality, and mental health may prove helpful. Applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Students enrolled in this Northcentral University program have the opportunity to gain a thorough grasp of the various emotional, sociological, and physical factors that may affect sexual identification and preference. Participants have the chance to explore issues commonly affecting female, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender populations. They also have the opportunity to explore archetypal roles within family units as well as traditional concerns that couples and families may face. The curriculum is designed to review professional ethics as well as field-specific counseling strategies. In addition, students have the chance to strengthen their professional research and writing skills the completion of a final dissertation.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

This program requires the completion of at least 60 post-master's degree credits; however, up to 75 credits are allowed for dissertation research. There are two tracks to complete the program: Students with a related master's degree can begin the program through the Direct Track. Those without the appropriate graduate-level foundation begin through the Evaluation Track, in which they complete up to an additional 15 standard curriculum credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loan or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Ph.D. in Psychology with a Specialization in Gender Diversity Studies:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Students complete either the Direct Track or the Evaluation Track, depending on educational background.

Direct Track:

Foundation Requirements (6 credits)

  • PSY 7101: Foundations for Doctoral Study in Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 7102: Scholarly Writing and Professional Communication in Psychology (3 credits)

Gender Diversity Studies Requirements (18 credits credits)

  • PSY 8200: Sexual Issues (3 credits)
  • PSY 8201: Dynamics of Family Interaction (3 credits)
  • PSY 8202: Psychology of Women (3 credits)
  • PSY 8203: Psychology of Gender (3 credits)
  • PSY 8204: Psychological Aspects of Gender Variance (3 credits)
  • PSY 8205: Psychology and the Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Population (3 credits)

Research Requirements (21 credits)

  • PSY 7103: Research Methods
  • PSY 7104: Statistics I
  • PSY 7105: Tests and Measurements
  • PSY 7106: Quantitative Research Design
  • PSY 7107: Statistics II
  • PSY 7108: Qualitative Research Design
  • PSY 7109: Planning Dissertation Research in Psychology

Comprehensive Exam Requirement (3 credits)

  • CMP 9500P: Comprehensive Exam (3 credits)

Dissertation Research Requirements (minimum of 12 credits)

  • DIS 9501P: Dissertation Research (3 credits)
  • DIS 9502P: Dissertation Research (3 credits)
  • DIS 9503P: Dissertation Research (3 credits)
  • DIS 9504P: Dissertation Research (3 credits)

Evaluation Track:

Foundation Requirements (6 credits)

  • PSY 7101: Foundations for Doctoral Study in Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 7102: Scholarly Writing and Professional Communication in Psychology (3 credits)

Standard Curriculum Requirements (up to 15 credits, determined during applicant evaluation)

  • PSY 7011: History and Systems of Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 7012: Professional Ethics, Law, and Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 7013: Human Development and Functioning (3 credits)
  • PSY 7014: Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 7015: Biopsychology (3 credits)

Gender Diversity Studies Requirements (18 credits credits)

  • PSY 8200: Sexual Issues (3 credits)
  • PSY 8201: Dynamics of Family Interaction (3 credits)
  • PSY 8202: Psychology of Women (3 credits)
  • PSY 8203: Psychology of Gender (3 credits)
  • PSY 8204: Psychological Aspects of Gender Variance (3 credits)
  • PSY 8205: Psychology and the Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Population (3 credits)

Research Requirements (21 credits)

  • PSY 7103: Research Methods
  • PSY 7104: Statistics I
  • PSY 7105: Tests and Measurements
  • PSY 7106: Quantitative Research Design
  • PSY 7107: Statistics II
  • PSY 7108: Qualitative Research Design
  • PSY 7109: Planning Dissertation Research in Psychology

Comprehensive Exam Requirement (3 credits)

  • CMP 9500P: Comprehensive Exam (3 credits)

Dissertation Research Requirements (minimum of 12 credits)

  • DIS 9501P: Dissertation Research (3 credits)
  • DIS 9502P: Dissertation Research (3 credits)
  • DIS 9503P: Dissertation Research (3 credits)
  • DIS 9504P: Dissertation Research (3 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

While requirements vary by state, graduates of this program who meet additional agency or organizational requirements may be able to pursue industry credentials to work as counseling professionals. Opportunities could be sought with mental health organizations, social service agencies, businesses, or postsecondary educational institutions.

With a Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Gender Diversity Studies, graduates could be able to find employment as:

  • Women's studies professors
  • Psychology instructors
  • Gender studies researchers