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Capella University

PhD - General Psychology

Individuals who are interested in careers as psychology program administrators, researchers, or university professors may benefit from the PhD in General Psychology program at Capella University. Find out more about Capella's PhD in General Psychology program here.

Official Program Name:

PhD in General Psychology

School Offering Program:

Capella University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Interested applicants to the PhD in General Psychology program should not be seeking licensure as a professional psychologist; applicants should be interested in pursuing teaching or researching careers in psychology. Applicants to Capella University who are under 24 years of age must have completed at least two years of college or have active military status; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Students enrolled in Capella University's PhD in General Psychology program can develop an understanding of the history and development of various psychological theories and systems; study human development from infancy through adulthood; and study social psychology. Students will examine the effect of ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status on the ethical behavior of psychology professionals. Coursework includes advanced research methods; mental tests and measurements methods for intelligence, personality, and special aptitudes; the use of PASW statistical software in analyzing data gathered from psychological research; advanced inferential statistics; advanced qualitative analysis methods for qualitative data; and theories and applications of multivariate statistics. Students can individualize their coursework based on their professional area of interest, or they can choose coursework for one of the following recommended areas of focus: addictions psychology or health psychology.

Learning Format:


Total Credits Required:

120 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

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 PhD in General 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 7615: Data Analysis with PASW (5 credits)
  • PSY 7520: Social Psychology (5 credits)
  • PSY 7543: Ethics and Multicultural Issues in Psychology (5 credits)
  • PSY 7610: Tests and Measurements (5 credits)
  • PSY 7625: Advanced Inferential Statistics (5 credits)
  • PSY 7630: Qualitative Analysis (5 credits)
  • PSY 7658: Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology (5 credits)

Specialization Courses

  • PSY 7635: Advanced Qualitative Analysis (5 credits)
  • PSY 7626: Multivariate Statistics: Theory and Application (5 credits)

Elective Courses

  • Approved Graduate-Level Electives (35 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

Potential Career Paths:

The PhD in General Psychology program at Capella is not designed for students who are seeking licensure. Graduates of the program should have the research skills and psychological training needed to pursue research, teaching, or administrative positions. Students could work in hospitals, human resource departments, law enforcement, mental health clinics, or nonprofit organizations. Depending on their professional goals, graduates could seek positions such as:

  • Psychology professor, higher education
  • Psychology research scientist
  • Program administrator
  • Consultant