PhD in Psychology

Achieve even more credibility and influence in the field with a psychology PhD from Walden.

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Next Start Date

  1. 10/9/2023: Course-based
  2. 11/6/2023: Tempo-based

Impact the Psychology Field at a Higher Level

  • Earning a “Dr.” in front of your name can open doors you never imagined. Walden’s PhD in Psychology program empowers you with the advanced insights you need to excel as a researcher, educator, or consultant. You can even earn a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree along the way.

  • Earn your master's along the way

    Pursue your doctorate in psychology with or without a master’s degree.

  • Get the Support You Need

    Get one-on-one dissertation support that prepares you for success, starting early on in your program.

  • Choose Your Pace

    Accelerate your progress with an available fast-track degree completion option.


Focus your coursework with one of six PhD specializations.

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 Your MPhil

Earn Your Master of Philosophy Degree Along the Way.

To signify how far you’ve come in your path to a PhD in Psychology, you will be eligible for a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree upon completion of certain program requirements, prior to completion of your dissertation.

Walden is one of a few universities that offer this advanced research master’s degree. Highlight your academic achievement and show employers and others that you possess comprehensive knowledge in your field of study.

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“I chose Walden because of its social mission and the fact that it offered exactly what I was looking for.”

Angelique Trigueros | PhD in Psychology Graduate

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A Personalized Guide to Completing Your Doctorate.

Earning your online PhD in Psychology requires commitment, perseverance, and hard work. You can do it, and Walden is here to help—with our Doctoral Degree Coach™.

More About Our Doctorate in Psychology Program

Gain a multifaceted skill set that prepares you for diverse work environments and career paths.

Build more credibility, respect, and influence and go further in your career. Whether you want to teach in academia or add to the field’s body of knowledge, Walden’s PhD in Psychology program prepares you to make a difference.

Potential roles, depending on your specialization, include:

  • Researcher
  • Consultant / subject matter expert
  • Teacher / professor
  • Manager / director
  • Program evaluator
*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 specialist will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.


NEXT START DATE: November 06, 2023

Limited-Time Offer

Speak with an enrollment specialist to learn about our current tuition savings.

Ongoing Military Offer

A 15% tuition reduction for servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and their spouses.*

Walden’s Enrollment Specialists are committed to helping you identify and leverage opportunities to save money on your education. Get in touch with an Enrollment Specialist today at 888-968-5331 to learn more.
Our Enrollment Specialists 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.

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Build a versatile, doctoral skill set in Walden’s PhD in Psychology program.

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Enrollment Restrictions by State

Walden currently cannot enroll residents of the following states/districts into the PhD in Psychology program: Washington.

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.


A 15% tuition reduction for servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and their spouses.*

*A 15% tuition reduction is available to new students who are servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, or employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This tuition reduction is also available if you are a spouse of a servicemember, veteran, or employee of the VA. This tuition reduction cannot be retroactively applied. Tuition reductions are applicable to tuition only and do not apply toward books, materials, and other supplies or fees needed for a course.

Walden may change the tuition reduction offered hereunder at any time, but such change will not affect the tuition reduction for students who are currently enrolled at Walden and using the existing tuition reduction. All tuition reductions, grants, or scholarships are subject to specific eligibility requirements. Contact a Walden University Enrollment Specialist for details.

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