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Part-Time Psychology PhD Programs

Though uncommon, part-time doctoral degree programs in psychology provide you with a flexible schedule to coincide with your working obligations. Learn more about program options and courses.

Can I Earn a Ph.D. in Psychology Part-time?

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs are generally recommended as a full-time program. While it is not impossible to find colleges that offer part-time study, they are uncommon. Some universities allow you to enroll in a portion of the program part-time, though you may be required to complete several years full-time. Though part-time class schedules may be allowed, most schools strongly encourage you to dedicate significant time to studying.

The few fully part-time programs available confer a Psy.D. degree in clinical psychology. Developed to train professional psychologists, the Psy.D. degree program offers extended curricula to allow for part-time study, though it may still require full-time residencies. You may take a limited number of daytime courses, and some schools offer meeting times at night and on weekends.

Program AvailabilityMost doctoral programs cannot be completed on a part-time basis, though there may be the option to complete up to two years of the program part-time
Program ConceptsTeaching techniques, pharmacology, human behavior, development, personalities
Online AvailabilityOnline Ph.D. programs are rare; some online part-time Psy.D. programs are offered
Job Outlook (2019-2029)3% growth (for psychologists)*
Median Salary (2020)$82,180 (for psychologists)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Will I Study?

Ph.D. programs cover the history and theory of psychology, as well as teach leadership, management and teaching techniques. Many psychology programs develop assessment and therapy practices and introduce pharmacology and ethical requirements of a psychologist. As a Ph.D. student, you'll dedicate a significant portion of the program to research.

Though less clinical than a Psy.D. program, you'll spend time studying human behavior, development and personalities, as well as counseling methods. Lessons apply these studies to quantitative research methods, analysis and assessments for writing and researching your dissertation. You may be able to customize your program syllabus to concentrate on a specific discipline, such as child psychology, art therapy or forensic psychology.

Can I Earn this Degree Online?

While psychology Ph.D. programs are not impossible to find online, they are very rare. Combining online and part-time studies is not generally recommended or offered. However, schools with online options often include some on-campus instruction, as well as clinical rotations and on-site residency programs. Online Psy.D. programs are more common than online Ph.D. programs, and some may offer part-time study.