Evening and Online PhD Programs

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in General Psychology offers a broad array of courses that increase the understanding of human behavior. The program prepares individuals to use their knowledge and skills in applied settings of teaching and/or conducting psychological research in business, government and/or institutions of higher education. Core areas of knowledge include the history and systems of psychology, cognition, research methods and statistics, as well as personality, social, multicultural and developmental psychology.

The PhD in General Psychology program offers four specialties allowing learners to focus their skills in the areas of Performance Psychology; Integrating Technology, Learning and Psychology; Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Cognition and Instruction

Online Ph.D. programs designed with your busy schedule in mind

Earning a doctoral degree while balancing the demands of life can be tricky, that's why GCU's PhD Program is designed with busy people in mind. At Grand Canyon University, our PhD programs are structured so learners are able to complete 100% of their coursework online. (Optional in-person residencies are also available.)

Unlike many programs where learners are expected to complete the doctoral coursework prior to beginning their dissertation, GCU learners begin the dissertation process from the beginning of their program of study. Throughout the program, learners progressively build the skills necessary to design their research, gather data, write the results and defend their dissertation. This innovative approach allows learners in our online PhD program to streamline their dissertation timeline.

Become a part of our Doctoral Community Network

All PhD learners are part of a robust community, supported by expert faculty, professional staff, academic counselors and distinctive resources. We also offer a unique virtual learning community called the DC Network® (Doctoral Community Network) which allows scholars to research and collaborate on their chosen topic. Through the DC Network®, learners are able to form meaningful connections with other scholars who share the same areas of interest.

GCU's Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching (CIRT) promotes excellence in research and teaching and has developed several scholarly journals and collaborative circles in which doctoral learners have the opportunity to participate.

The Journal of Non-Significant Differences is a student-led, peer-reviewed journal designed to highlight the value of non-significant research findings while providing learners with a comprehensive understanding of the research cycle and the publication process. The Canyon Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies encourages the exchange of empirical and theoretical research among faculty and students at GCU. The Journal of Instructional Research is another peer-reviewed journal centered on exploring research on teaching and learning at the post-secondary level.

The PhD program is not intended for those seeking licensure in clinical practice. Those interested in licensure or certification should identify the applicable requirements by inquiring directly with their state or province.