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

Program Details

The online PhD in General Psychology with an emphasis in Performance Psychology from GCU helps students better understand human actions in the past and present. The Quantitative Research specialization focuses on numeric data by creating a sampling plan and collecting data for a scholarly dissertation. 

Courses apply theories of emotion, cognition, and motivation to performance. Students will participate in multiple hands-on doctoral residencies as part of this program. Graduates can pursue positions such as fitness coaches, nutritionists, researchers, professors, or trainers. 

Students learn a wide range of psychological concepts including:

  • Foundations of performance psychology
  • History and systems of psychology
  • Humanistic, transpersonal, and existential psychology
  • Performance enhancement
  • Psychoanalysis and psychodynamic theory
  • Psychomotor performance

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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.