Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology / Self-Designed
Walden University

Program Details

Advance your career in research, education, or consulting with a PhD in Psychology from Walden University. The Self-Designed option allows students to choose courses that match their personal interests and professional goals.

The program is geared toward those who want to teach in higher education or contribute original research to the field. Core class topics include studies of research foundations, program evaluation, teaching of psychology, and consulting for organizational change. Students can waive up to five courses if they have a master’s degree in a related field.

Self-designed elective courses can be chosen from any of Walden’s doctoral level Psychology specializations, including:

  • Educational psychology
  • Health psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Research in psychology
  • Teaching in psychology


  • This program requires at least two on-campus residencies.
  • Master's degree or higher
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume
  • Additional materials may be requested

School Accreditation Statement

The Higher Learning Commission

Restricted States

New York, Rhode Island