Online PhD Programs

Explore GCU’s Online PhD Programs

Grand Canyon University's (GCU) online PhD programs encourage and inspire learners who are passionate about their fields of study and ready for leadership in their professions, communities and society. At GCU, the College of Doctoral Studies is an innovative community that connects faculty and learners.

Discover ways of teaching, leading and training others using advanced knowledge of humans' mental and emotional responses with GCU's online PhD programs. Use your knowledge and skills toward teaching or conducting psychological research within business, government or higher education. Choose from several emphases, including performance psychology, cognitive psychology, I/O psychology and technology, learning and psychology.

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Online Degrees at GCU

Enjoy the convenience and flexibility of GCU's online degree programs by earning your PhD online. Join our innovative digital classroom, and learn from full-time faculty.

College of Doctoral Studies

The College of Doctoral Studies offers advanced doctoral degree programs, with an embedded dissertation process to help you make the most of your doctoral journey.


What is a PhD?

PhD is an abbreviation for Doctor of Philosophy, and can be a doctoral degree in almost any discipline. GCU offers a PhD online in psychology. Learners in our online PhD programs conduct research in order to seek new developments in current research or create new theories of their own, whereas learners in our online EdD programs seek to apply current research in order to achieve progress.

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Online PhD in Performance Psychology

Help others achieve peak performance by studying and applying theories of emotion, cognition and motivation with the online PhD with an emphasis in performance psychology.

Online PhD in Cognitive Psychology

The online PhD in cognitive psychology focuses on the construction and analysis of learning outcomes, with emphasis on preparing you to train diverse adult educational communities.

Online PhD I/O Psychology

Learn the psychology behind human behavior at work, employee-management relationships and strategies for improving workplace performance with an PhD online in I/O psychology.

Online PhD Psych Tech

This online PhD with an emphasis in technology, learning and psychology examines the influence of mass communication and its effects on organizations and modern society.