Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology / Mental Health Policy & Practice
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 Mental Health Policy and Practice at Northcentral University will help you develop a deeper understanding of mental health through an evidence-based practice approach. This specialization offers a strong base in theory and research, promotes an awareness of ethics and a respect for diversity, and will help you advance your critical thinking and communication skills. Throughout your courses, you will appraise literature on the application of behavioral health and organizational management, develop a working knowledge of forensic casework, and gain an in-depth understanding of financial issues related to mental health policy and practice. As part of NCU’s distinctive One-to-One Teaching Model, faculty will provide you with personalized support and feedback as you work to apply your learning to your profession.
As a PhD graduate, you will be prepared to assume senior leadership positions in your community in the field of behavioral health service organization and delivery, state government, or private enterprise. You will also have the skills to supervise therapists and psychologists with varying backgrounds and training, and teach at the graduate level.


  • 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).