Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology / Cognition & Instruction (Qualitative Research)
Grand Canyon University

Program Details

GCU’s online PhD in General Psychology with an emphasis in Cognition and Instruction aims to help professionals prepare to work with diverse adult learning communities. Students will study how cognitive processes inform the most effective instructional strategies.

The program is based in an empirical, research-based approach. Through the Qualitative Research specialization, students will develop a research study to gain insight into how and why people think, believe, and behave in a particular way. By exploring processes including memory, reasoning, intelligence, motivation, and learning, impact can be made in how instruction takes place in formal education settings.

Successful completion of this doctorate program can benefit those currently employed as or interested in pursuing roles as:

  • Teachers
  • Researchers
  • University level faculty
  • Government contractors

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School Accreditation & Licensing

Grand Canyon University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Grand Canyon University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.4 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Official College Transcript(s), Statement of Purpose/Intent

Additional Info

  • Two residencies are required.

Restricted States



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