Capella University

PhD - Addiction Psychology

Students enrolled in Capella University's Doctorate in Addiction Psychology program have an opportunity to study addiction programs for complex cases, behaviors with addictive features, and other relevant topics. Read on to learn more about the Doctorate in Addiction Psychology program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctorate in Addiction Psychology

School Offering Program:

Capella University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to Capella University's Doctorate in Addiction Psychology program should have good research design skills and an interest in learning about addiction behaviors and treatment. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher from a Master's degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

The Doctorate in Addiction Psychology at Capella University is comprised of a core course sequence, elective courses, specialization courses, and a dissertation requirement. The dissertation must be successfully defended before this non-clinical doctoral degree can be awarded. Some of the specialization courses include behaviors with addictive features, issues and trends in addiction-related treatments, and substance-use program design. Core courses include topics such as ethics and multicultural issues in psychology, lifespan development, history and systems of psychology, and advanced inferential statistics.

Learning Format:


Total Credits Required:

120 credits

Financial Aid:

Capella participates in several federal financial aid programs including the Federal Pell Grant Program and Federal Stafford Loan Program. Capella is also eligible to certify Veterans Educational Benefits and can provide information on other non-federal loan programs.

Capella-funded scholarships are also available in select disciplines, such as the Robert C. Ford Human Services Scholarship and the Helene Krivosha Scholarship for education students. There are also external scholarships offered specifically to Capella students, such as the Go the Distance Scholarship.

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Required Courses for a Doctorate in Addiction Psychology:

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

Core Courses

  • PSY 8002: Orientation to Doctoral Learning in Psychology (5 credits)
  • PSY 7110: History and Systems of Psychology (5 credits)
  • PSY 7210: Lifespan Development (5 credits)
  • PSY 7411: Learning Theories in Psychology (5 credits)
  • PSY 7543: Ethics and Multicultural Issues in Psychology (5 credits)
  • PSY 7615: Data Analysis with IBM SPSS (5 credits)
  • PSY 7625: Advanced Inferential Statistics (5 credits)
  • PSY 7635: Advanced Qualitative Analysis (5 credits)
  • PSY 7658: Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology (5 credits)

Specialization Courses

  • PSY 8405: Practical Psychopharmacology in Addiction Treatment (5 credits)
  • PSY 8415: Substance-Use Program Design (5 credits)
  • PSY 8420: Multicultural Issues in Addiction (5 credits)
  • PSY 8430: Issues and Trends in Addiction-Related Treatments (5 credits)
  • PSY 8445: Addiction Research (5 credits)
  • PSY 8465: Addiction Programs for Complex Cases (5 credits)
  • PSY 8475: Systems Approaches to Addiction Prevention and Treatment (5 credits)
  • PSY 8485: Behaviors with Addictive Features (5 credits)

Elective Courses

  • Approved Graduate-Level Electives (10 credits)

Residency Requirements

  • Three 4-day weekend experiences
    • PSY-R 8921: Ph.D. Colloquium Track 1 (non-credit)
    • PSY-R 8922: Ph.D. Colloquium Track 2 (non-credit)
    • PSY-R 8923: Ph.D. Colloquium Track 3 (non-credit)

Dissertation and Exam

  • PSY 9919: Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (4 credits)
  • PSY 9960: Dissertation Courseroom (5 quarter credits each)
    • Students must register for PSY 9960 a minimum of four times

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Students who have completed Capella University's Doctorate in Addiction Psychology program have the opportunity to pursue jobs in the field. Possible employers may include universities and colleges, clinics, research centers, and social service organizations. Job candidates should have strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Positions graduates may pursue include:

  • University professor
  • Psychology researcher
  • Director of social services
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Center administrator
  • Program administrator
  • Researcher

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