Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in General Psychology program offers a broad array of courses that increase the understanding of human actions in the past and present. The program prepares individuals to engage their knowledge and skills in cognition and instruction in applied settings of teaching and/or conducting psychological research in business, government, or institutions of higher education. Core areas of knowledge include history and systems of psychology, cognition, research methods, and statistics, as well as personality, abnormal, social, multicultural, and developmental psychology. 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. Graduates of Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology program with an emphasis in performance psychology will be able to apply theory and practice to conduct original research or work in applied settings such as sport, military, or medical industries to enhance performance of individuals and groups.
All entering Ph.D. learners must have taken a statistics course or research course containing key statistics fundamentals, earning a minimum GPA of 2.0 or a passing grade if the institution does not use the traditional A-F grading systems. This course may be taken at GCU prior to enrolling in doctoral-level courses. Masters degree is required.
An on campus residency is required.
Accreditation & Licensing
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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