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PhD in Psychology - General Psychology

The Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a specialization in General Psychology program allows students to choose from a variety of electives to create their program. Learn more about this degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a specialization in General Psychology

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students must already hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited university. Previous academic work in psychology may be helpful. Applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree.

Program Description:

This program is designed to give students the opportunity to learn how to access, evaluate, and prepare scholarly materials. Students also may learn to evaluate, interpret, and integrate knowledge within a psychological context. The curriculum focuses on research methods and strategies. Ethical principles of research are covered as well. Students are directed to create a personal plan for engagement with social, civic, and global issues that relate to the field. The general psychology specialization allows students to choose from a wide variety of electives to fit their personal and professional goals.

Learning Format:


Total Credits Required:

Minimum of 60 credit hours

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.

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

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

Doctor of Philosophy Foundation Courses (30 credits)

  • PSY 7101: Foundations for Doctoral Study in Psychology
  • PSY 7102: Scholarly Writing and Professional Communication in Psychology
  • 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
  • CMP 9701P: Pre-Candidacy Prospectus

General Psychology Specialization Courses (18 credits)

Example specialization courses:

  • PSY 8100: Theories of Personality
  • PSY 8101: Multicultural Psychology
  • PSY 8103: Cognition, Emotion, and Motivation
  • PSY 8139: Positive Psychology
  • PSY 8140: Community Psychology
  • PSY 8106: Human Communication- Interviewing Skills

Dissertation Requirements (12 credits)

  • DIS 9901A: Components of the Dissertation
  • DIS 9902A: The Dissertation Proposal
  • DIS 9903A: Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
  • DIS 9904A: The Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

Post Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Students in the Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a specialization in General Psychology program have the opportunity to develop a variety of skills, which may vary with the courses they select. Students may develop an understanding of research methodologies and ethical principles. Possible positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Psychology researcher
  • Community psychologist
  • Research interviewer

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