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PhD - Psychology: General Psychology

The PhD in Psychology program with a specialization in General Psychology at Northcentral University is focused on helping you develop the knowledge and skills needed to function in potential psychology-related careers. Read on to find out more about this program today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The PhD in Psychology program with a specialization in General Psychology at Northcentral University is designed to expand your already solid foundation in psychology. Courses will cover a variety of topics ranging from human development to theories of personality. You will also have the opportunity to select from a number of different electives to focus on areas in which you have particular talents or interests. You will be required to pass all your courses with at least a B average, pass a comprehensive examination, and write and defend an acceptable doctoral dissertation in order to graduate from this program.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you are interested in enrolling in this program, you should have a strong background in psychology. You should want to hone your intrapersonal skills as well as your organizational and research skills for use in a current or future career. You must have a master's degree prior to applying to this program at Northcentral University.

What Are the Course Requirements?

To graduate from this program you will be required to complete at least 60 credit hours. Requirements include 30 foundation credits, 18 specialization credits, and 12 dissertation credits.

Courses for a PhD in Psychology with a specialization in General Psychology

Course NumberCourse Title
Required Courses
PSY 7101 Foundations for Doctoral Study in Psychology
PSY 7102 Scholarly Writing and Professional Communication in Psychology
PSY 7103Research Methods
PSY 7104Statistics I
PSY 7105Tests and Measurements
PSY 7106Quantitative Research Design
PSY 7107Statistics II
PSY 7108Qualitative Research Design
PSY 7109Planning Dissertation Research in Psychology
CMP 9701P Pre-Candidacy Prospectus
Specialization Courses
Example courses:
PSY 8100 Theories of Personality
PSY 8101Multicultural Psychology
PSY 8103Cognition, Emotion, and Motivation
PSY 8139Positive Psychology
PSY 8140Community Psychology
PSY 8106Human Communication- Interviewing Skills
Dissertation Courses
DIS 9901A Components of the Dissertation
DIS 9902AThe Dissertation Proposal
DIS 9903AInstitutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
DIS 9904AThe Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

What Could I Do After Graduation?

Career Opportunities

Upon completing this program, you may be able to pursue a career path that suits your interests and talents. By using the skills emphasized in this course, you may be able to find work interacting directly with clients or working more on your own in a research environment.

Possible career paths include but are not limited to:

  • Psychologist
  • School Councilor
  • Psychiatrist
  • Self-Help Writer
  • Researcher
  • Social Worker