PhD in Psychology Program

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Maximize your potential as a psychology professional

You can take your passion for helping others to reach the highest level with an online PhD in Psychology from Capella.

Each course in this online program is designed to give you the tools to advance as a leader or consultant in areas such as psychology, mental health, education, business, or public policy.

Best of all, our flexible learning format gives you the opportunity to grow as a psychology professional without missing a beat in your current job, so you can live your life while advancing toward your goals.

Program specializations

Learn more about admissions requirements, costs, and courses for your specialization.

Accredited & recognized

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Why choose Capella?

The Capella doctoral experience

This Capella doctoral program is designed to maximize your learning and have a demonstrable impact, professionally and personally. You’ll start your doctoral project early in your program, receive guidance from a dedicated faculty and support team, and gain access to a treasure trove of online resources and tools.

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Reduce your tuition by $20,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $20K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your doctoral degree.

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Virtual residencies

You’ll attend You’ll attend three virtual doctoral project development seminars, making up the residency requirement for this program. These seminars are set up to help you complete one third of your dissertation milestones, helping you get a head start on your doctoral project while still progressing through your coursework.

Comprehensive support

As a doctoral student, you’ll work with your own dedicated faculty mentor who will guide you as you work on your dissertation. You’ll also have a support team to help you, from writing and tech support to planning for advancing in your career when you’re ready. In every step of your program, you’ll have the support you need to reach your goals.

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Other programs to explore

Is this program close to what you need, but maybe not a perfect fit? The programs below might be interesting. Check them out to find one that suits your academic and professional goals.


PsyD in Clinical Psychology

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PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior

Get ready to pursue positions in higher education and social and behavioral settings with a program that emphasizes research and interdisciplinary leadership theory. 


PhD in Human Services

Take your leadership, research, and practical skills to a new level and position yourself to help create the positive changes you'd like to see in your community.

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