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PhD in Psychology - Gerontology

The Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology program with a specialization in Gerontology program offered by Northcentral University prepares students for advanced positions working with older adults and their families. Continue reading to learn more about this online degree program.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a specialization in Gerontology

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Prospective applicants to the Ph.D. in Psychology program with a specialization in Gerontology should have an interest in helping others and improving the quality of life for senior citizens. Applicants to Northcentral University's online Ph.D. in Psychology programs must have a master's degree from an accredited academic institution. Individuals with a master's degree in a field other than psychology, mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, or social work may need to complete additional courses before beginning the Ph.D. curriculum.

Program Description:

The coursework of the Ph.D. in Psychology program with a specialization in Gerontology allows students to study a variety of issues pertaining to the care of older adults. Students can explore the biological and psychological changes associated with aging, as well as common mental health issues and neurological changes. Additional topics include common helping services in elder care, ranging from basic daily care to hospice, multicultural influences on aging, and the role of a psychologist in elder care management. This program also requires students to successfully write and defend a dissertation on a unique gerontology topic.

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 Loans 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 Gerontology:

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 7115: Tests and Measurements in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • 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

Gerontology Specialization Courses (18 credits)

  • PSY 8111: Clinical Survey of Substance Abuse and Dependence
  • PSY 8112: Addiction Assessment and Treatment Planning
  • PSY 8113: Addiction and Related Disorders
  • PSY 8114: Co-Occurring Disorders
  • PSY 8115: Family Systems Approaches to Addiction
  • PSY 8116: Group Therapy

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:

Once they have completed NCU's Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology program with a specialization in Gerontology, students could be prepared to seek a variety of positions in hospitals, medical clinics, mental health facilities, community organizations, retirement communities, and government agencies. Graduates could consider positions such as:

  • Gerontology Researcher
  • Gerontology Program Administrator
  • Program Director
  • Resident Services Manager
  • Social Services Director