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PhD in Psychology

Gain a better understanding of human behavior. Develop sought-after skills that can prepare you for a wide range of roles as a psychology professional.

In Walden's PhD in Psychology program, you can:

  • Benefit from a shorter program of study when you already have a master’s degree in a related field*
  • Create a skills portfolio that allows you to demonstrate what you learned.
  • Receive personalized dissertation support early on in your program.

*Related fields include psychology, human services, social work, and counseling.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: August 26, 2019

Limited-Time Offer: Receive a $5,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on August 26, 2019.

Transfer Credits: Up to 55 credits

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Deepen your understanding of key psychological theories affecting issues related to the learning experiences of both high achievers and individuals whose needs are more specialized.
Focus on promoting positive health behaviors, and encourage change as a researcher in academic, medical, business, government, and community settings.
Gain the skills and acumen you need to make valuable contributions to the field of psychology. Acquire the foundation necessary to plan and conduct relevant psychological research.
Customize your degree program to your personal and professional goals, choose courses across multiple content areas, and expand your knowledge and teaching skills to better meet your career goals.
The first program of its kind available online, the PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Social Psychology can expand your understanding of how social factors influence human psychology and behavior.
This specialization can help you examine the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive issues impacting human behavior. You can also explore the real-world legal and ethical issues faced by today’s industry professionals with a focus on teaching in psychology.

Earn a Master's Degree While Completing Your PhD

You are eligible to enroll in our PhD in Psychology program if you have earned either a master’s or bachelor’s degree.

Request more information on this page or call to speak with an enrollment advisor today.

Learning Outcomes

With a PhD in Psychology from Walden University, you’ll be better prepared as a researcher, educator, and practitioner to help individuals and groups with family, mental health, career, and educational issues.

In this program, you will:

  • Gain knowledge about applying clinical interventions for diverse populations
  • Study current models of supervision, counseling, and therapy
  • Develop evidence-based practices you can apply in a variety of settings

More About Our PhD in Psychology Program

Your career options, depending on your specialization, may include a variety of roles, such as:*

  • Researcher
  • Counselor
  • Administrator
  • Consultant
  • Political strategist
  • Teacher
  • Marketing director
  • Director of career services
  • Human resources manager
  • Staff psychologist
  • Law enforcement, probation, or correctional officer

*Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

If you have earned either a master’s or a bachelor’s degree, you are eligible for this program. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

Your enrollment advisor will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

Tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education. Get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 855-203-5779, to learn more about tuition costs for this program and financial aid options.

Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education.
Our enrollment advisors are ready to answer any questions you may have regarding this program. Fill out the form on this page to be contacted or call 855-203-5779.

Why earn your PhD in Psychology at Walden?

Ginger Jenkins

“I had to make sure the college I chose was accredited and user-friendly with a challenging curriculum."

Ginger Jenkins | MS in Forensic Psychology Graduate, PhD in Psychology Student

Note on Licensure

The PhD in Psychology is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

Additional Note

Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.