Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology / General Psychology
Northcentral University

Program Details

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD-Psy) program was designed in response to the growing interest in psychology as a discipline of study and the need for advanced studies, including research beyond the master's level. This degree program emphasizes theory, research, and scholarship, culminating in a dissertation.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology program in General Psychology at Northcentral University gives you the opportunity to develop a broad base of knowledge, strong research and critical thinking skills, and an appreciation for diversity as you work to apply principles of psychology and conduct research related to your area of interest. In our One-to-One Teaching Model, you will be partnered with one of the doctoral faculty in each of your courses who will provide valuable feedback and support to help you understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and global issues. You will also further develop your scholarly communication skills in order to successfully convey your knowledge to the professional community and to society at large. 
You will develop a strong core of psychological knowledge, including expertise in the biological and social bases for behavior, the fascinating process of human development, the amazing history of psychology and its impact on today’s culture, and the role of ethics and diversity training in psychology. The General Psychology specialization also gives you the chance to take elective courses to further your own particular interests. You can even opt to do independent study and research with one of our expert instructors to delve deeper into a topic of your choice.


  • Applicants must have a conferred master’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution
  • Send your official transcripts from other schools you attended
  • A current resume

School Accreditation Statement

NCU is a WSCUC accredited institution. WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).