Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Cognition and Instruction


Grand Canyon University's PhD in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Cognition and Instruction is geared toward individuals who work in industry, government positions, school systems, and other types of instructional and applied settings. This program also prepares individuals for teaching and research at the university and college level.

With an emphasis in Cognition and Instruction, PhD scholars will explore the most effective way to teach and train individuals so that the information becomes embedded. This program includes a study of social cognition, including how people understand themselves and others. Learners will also explore the principles of learning in the context of formal education, and the theories of cognitive psychology to learning and instruction.

The PhD in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Cognition and Instruction teaches empirical, research-based approaches to understanding mental and thought processes including memory, reasoning, intelligence, motivation and learning. Learners will examine the social, group and multicultural factors affecting individual behavior, the influence of mass communication on social awareness, and control. The construction, analysis and interpretation of psychological tests to measure learning outcomes are also taught.

Students are advised to inquire directly with their state if they intend to pursue licensure, as this degree does not lead directly to licensure in and of itself. Entry to this program requires a graduate degree and related coursework.

For those seeking a doctoral level degree designed for those in education and administrative roles, you may also want to consider these programs:

  • Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Organizational Development
  • Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in K-12 Leadership
  • Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Higher Education Leadership

For some individuals, a doctoral degree may seem out of reach. At Grand Canyon University, we have developed a program that includes an integrated dissertation process as well as a dynamic community that supports you along your doctoral journey.

Program Disclosure

Category Non-Traditional Traditional
Books & Supplies (Per Program) $2,100 N/A
Tuition & Fees (Per Program) $38,350 N/A
Room & Board (Per Program, If Applicable) $3,285
On Time Graduation Rate N/A N/A
Median Private Loan Debt N/A N/A
Median TIV Loan Debt N/A N/A
Median Institutional Financing Plan Debt N/A N/A

Program SOC

Occupations
Instructional Coordinators
Teachers and Instructors, All Other
Tutors
Instructional Designers and Technologists
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary
Human Resources Managers
Human Resources Specialists
Labor Relations Specialists
Management Analysts
Education Administrators, Postsecondary
Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
Human Resources Managers
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  3. Room and board costs may be higher or lower depending on housing and meal plan choice. This number is based on an average for students on campus.
  4. Some Non-Traditional programs may be offered on the ground campus or on-line.
  5. N/A identifies that a program is not offered in that modality or that fewer than 10 students graduated within the reported timeframe.
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Online/Evening program disclosures

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