Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology / Performance Psychology (Qualitative Research)
Grand Canyon University

Program Details

GCU’s online PhD in General Psychology with an emphasis on Performance Psychology studies the processes behind peak performance. Students will research emotion, cognition, and motivation related to professional and psychomotor performance.

The Qualitative Research specialization focuses on developing a research study and gaining insight into how and why people think, believe, and behave in a certain way. Professionals in the fields of sports, medicine, business, sales, and marketing can benefit from this degree program. Performance Psychology can also be applied to any workplace, studying the traits of high achievers to learn how to motivate employees and change work habits.

Courses examine topics including:

  • Factors affecting individual behavior
  • Mass communication’s impact on social awareness and control
  • The construction, analysis, and interpretation of psychological tests
  • Measurement of learning outcomes
  • How to improve learning and performance conditions
  • Dimensions impacting information processing, decision making, and regulating emotions

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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.


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