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PhD - General Psychology

Individuals who are interested in careers as psychology program administrators, researchers, or university professors may benefit from the Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a specialization in General Psychology program at Capella University. Find out more about this program's requirements here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a specialization in General Psychology

School Offering Program:

Capella University

Degree Level:

Doctoral

Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of the Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a specialization in General Psychology program should have great communication and critical-thinking skills along with the ability to understand and empathize with others. Graduate-level education at an accredited institution is required as is a non-refundable application fee. Transcripts must be produced that show a GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants to Capella University's graduate programs should have a master's degree; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Capella University's online Capella University's online Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a specialization in General Psychology program is a specialization of the PhD in Psychology program. Enrolled students could be able to strengthen their knowledge of human behavior concepts through courses such as social psychology and the psychology of personality. Some courses are designed to promote students' ability to implement and evaluate programs. Students might also strive to become more proficient at collecting data for and reporting the results of psychological surveys. Learners will be required to complete dissertation research and to participate in a psychology practicum.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

104 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Capella University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a specialization in General Psychology

It will be necessary to earn 104 credits to earn the Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a specialization in General Psychology degree from Capella University. About 79 of those credits must be required courses while the other 25 credits are to be elective courses. Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Courses (79 credit hours)

  • Foundations of Theory and Practice for Doctoral Psychology Learners
  • Research Foundations of History and Systems in Psychology
  • Qualitative Design and Analysis
  • Advanced Inferential Statistics
  • Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology
  • PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1
  • PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2
  • PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 3
  • Students choose one of the following:
    • Lifespan Development
    • Psychology of Personality
    • Social Psychology
    • Tests and Measurements
  • Students choose one of the following:
    • Multivariate Statistics: Theory and Application
    • Advanced Qualitative Analysis

Specialization Courses (20 credit hours)

  • Students choose four of the following six courses:
    • Ethics and Multicultural Issues in Psychology
    • Survey Construction and Administration
    • Multivariate Statistics: Theory and Application
    • Advanced Qualitative Analysis
    • Program Evaluation
    • Research in Psychology

Courses to be completed upon completion of all required coursework (3 credit hours)

  • Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

Learners must register for the Dissertation Courseroom a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements.

  • Dissertation Courseroom

Elective Courses (25 credit hours)

  • Students choose five of the following:
    • Topics in Child and Adolescent Development
    • Child Psychology
    • Adolescent Psychology
    • Psychology of Personality
    • Psychology of Group Dynamics
    • Process of Professional Development
    • Tests and Measurements
    • Survey Construction and Administration
    • Psychological Principles of Organization Development
    • Principles of Positive Psychology
    • The Psychology of Teaching
    • Adult Learner in the Classroom
    • Exceptional Children in the Classroom
    • Principles of Instructional Design
    • Online Teaching in Psychology Practicum
    • Introduction to Business Practices for Psychologists
    • Consultation Psychology
    • Program Evaluation
    • Testing and Assessment in Workplace Psychology
    • Theory and Practice of Psychological Coaching
    • Psychology of Motivation and Performance
    • Occupational Health Psychology

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Once students have completed Capella University's Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a specialization in General Psychology program, they could pursue careers in the business world as well as in non-profit or social services agencies. Residential care facilities, hospitals, and government agencies are potential areas of exploration for qualified job-seekers. Here are some possible career titles for graduates:

  • Instructor
  • Consultant
  • Research coordinator
  • Psychology faculty
  • Program administrator

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