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

Program Details

Professionals interested in teaching or conducting research can benefit from GCU’s online PhD in General Psychology focusing on Cognition and Instruction. The Quantitative Research specialization allows students to create a sampling plan and collect data using statistical tools.

This online doctoral program was designed to help professionals expand their understanding of human behavior and mental processes. Courses explore the major schools of thought in psychology, discuss the basic components of quantitative research design, and work with statistical analysis software. Graduates often go on to pursue roles including government contractor, researcher, teacher, or university-level faculty member.

The curriculum includes topics such as:

  • Cognitive science
  • Humanistic, transpersonal, and existential psychology
  • Psychoanalysis and psychodynamic theory
  • Social cognition
  • Quantitative data analysis, results, and findings

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Mostly Online

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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