With our PhD in Psychology program, you can prepare to make valuable contributions to organizations while helping individuals, families, and groups improve their lives.

Taught by respected researchers and psychology experts, coursework explores current theories and best practices and empowers you to combine scholarly research with practical expertise. Research opportunities help you build the skills and knowledge you need to work with a diverse clientele in a variety of settings. A doctoral degree in psychology from Walden can prepare you to serve as a practitioner, instructor or professor, consultant, administrator, or researcher for government, nonprofit, and private organizations.*

  • Five specializations—Focus your learning on an area that matches your goal.
  • Three of five specializations offer the Fast Track Option. If eligible, you can earn your degree more quickly by taking additional courses per term.
  • Accomplished scholars—100% of teaching faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
  • Residencies that prepare you for each phase of your program.
  • Earn a Master's Degree while completing your PhD—Certain specializations allow you to earn your MS in Psychology as you complete your PhD.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

Note on Licensure
The Clinical Psychology specialization in the PhD in Psychology program is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for psychology licensing exams. This specialization is designed to meet the academic licensure requirements of some state psychology boards. However, Walden University’s professional specialization in Clinical Psychology is not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and has not received designation by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards/National Register (ASPPB/NR), which are requirements for licensure in some states. Students in the PhD Psychology program with a specialization in Clinical Psychology who plan to seek licensure in Minnesota must enroll in two additional courses in applications of psychological principles to problem solutions as part of their program of study to meet specific MN academic requirements for licensure. Walden’s academic advisors can assist students in identifying appropriate courses. As academic requirements may change, students are encouraged to check Minnesota Board of Psychology licensing requirements on a regular basis.

The PhD in Developmental Psychology, PhD in Educational Psychology, PhD in Forensic Psychology, PhD in Forensic Psychology (Fast Track), PhD in General Psychology (Research), PhD in General Psychology (Teaching), PhD in Health Psychology, and PhD in Social Psychology are not licensure programs and do not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

*Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Walden University offers some PhD in Psychology specializations that lead to professional licensure and others that do not. Contact an enrollment advisor for assistance in evaluating whether your chosen specialization can lead to professional licensure in your state.


David Solot

David Solot

MS and PhD in Psychology Graduate
If you are interested in pursuing or advancing your career in the field of forensic psychology, this highly focused PhD program will give you a strong professional edge and solid content expertise, whether you choose to go into teaching, consulting, or program evaluation.
Walden has high standards. A disciplined approach to studies is essential.
Walden made it possible for me to pursue my doctoral studies through the flexibility of online learning so I could complete my classes, my residencies, and my studies on my time.
Kristen Beyer PhD in "Forensic Psychology Program Director
Linford Pierson PhD in Psychology Graduate
Linford Pierson
Ricky Gujral PhD in Psychology Graduate
Ricky Gujral

Walden Facts


Almost 95% of Walden alumni responding to our survey say that their program helped them to advance positive social change.*


More than half of Walden doctoral graduates who responded to our survey say their degree contributed to earning a pay raise.*

Source: www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2014 survey.
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