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Gain the advanced insights and knowledge to positively impact lives

With a focus on your post-graduation success, our online doctorate in psychology program can empower you to excel as a researcher, educator, or consultant. The PhD in Psychology is the highest level of graduate degree in the field. It’s geared toward those who wish to teach in academia or contribute original research to the field.

sought-after competencies

Develop advanced skills that are important to today’s organizations, such as teaching, research, consulting, and program evaluation.

hands-on training

Choose the teaching practicum to do a mini research study prior to your dissertation. Or opt for the research practicum to further develop your instructional skills via realistic, interactive scenarios.

Embedded Dissertation

Embedded dissertation support starting early in your program positions you for success. This includes a built-in course to refresh fundamental research skills.

one-on-one faculty guidance

Prior to starting your prospectus, you’re assigned a chair who works with you to smoothly transition from coursework to your dissertation.

Multiple Entry Points

With its foundational psychology courses, this program is accessible to individuals entering the program with a bachelor’s degree or a master’s in an unrelated field.1

Accelerated Journey

If you have a master’s in a related field,1 you may be eligible to waive up to five courses,2 shortening your time to the dissertation phase of your program.2

Program Savings

Receive your first course at no cost if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on May 31, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Educational Psychology

Focus on classic educational psychology theory and how to use testing and measurement, with emphasis on adult learners.

Health Psychology

Focus on the intersection of psychology and health. Explore health psychology, biopsychology, psychoneuroimmunology, and how to change health behavior.

Research in Psychology

Extend your research skills beyond our core requirements with survey research, tests/measurement, advanced mixed-methods analysis, and multivariate analysis.


Design your own program of study. This specialization provides you with maximum flexibility to create a program that closely matches your personal and professional goals.

Social Psychology

Focus on how our thinking is affected by social context. It includes a focus on social cognition/attitudes, survey research, and applied social psychology.

Teaching in Psychology

This specialization is ideal if you’re interested in teaching adult learners, particularly through online instruction.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for this doctoral program, you must have a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in a related field from an accredited school and meet the general admission requirements. All applicants must submit a completed online application and transcripts. More information for international applicants.


Four academic residencies support your progress at key points in your doctoral journey. Residencies also strengthen your scholarly and professional connections.

Fast-Track Option

Walden offers a Fast-Track Option. Students can complete their doctorate in less time by taking advantage of this path. With the Fast-Track Option, students take additional courses and begin their dissertation early to expedite their path through the program.

Earn Your Master of Philosophy Degree Along the Way

Walden understands the rigors involved with preparing for your doctorate. To signify how far you’ve come on your journey, you will be eligible to be awarded a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree upon completion of program requirements, prior to completion of your dissertation.

Walden is one of a few universities that offer this advanced research master’s degree. Highlight your academic achievement and show employers and others that you possess comprehensive knowledge in your field of study.

Broaden Your Impact

Transform countless lives—and the psychology field at large—by gaining next-level skills in research, consulting, teaching, and program evaluation. Tailor your coursework to the career you want with one of six specializations that combine classic theory with current application. Receive rigorous dissertation support from early on in your program, giving you an edge in completing your degree.

Learning Outcomes

As graduates of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply principles of basic and advanced research methods to produce independent scholarly research.
  • Apply relevant ethical codes (e.g., APA) to decision making with diverse populations in various settings.
  • Promote social change through the integration of principles of psychology in scholarly and/or professional activities.
  • Communicate effectively to a variety of stakeholders and audiences.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of psychology-specific knowledge and theory to improve the condition of individuals, groups, and organizations.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing empirically supported models for teaching, consultation, and research.
  • Develop a professional identity appropriate to one’s professional goals.

Career Outlook

Master Skills That Can Transform Lives

Earning a “Dr.” in front of your name can open doors you never imagined. Achieve more credibility, respect, and influence and go further in your career. Whether you want to teach the next generation of psychology professionals or add to the field’s body of knowledge, Walden’s PhD in Psychology prepares you to make a difference.

What Can I Do With a PhD in Psychology?

By earning your PhD in Psychology at Walden, you’ll acquire lifelong skills for critical thinking, information gathering, inquiry, problem solving, advanced/academic writing, and innovation. Gain the real-world training and insights to change lives and make valuable contributions to government, nonprofit, and private organizations.

Your career options, depending on your specialization, may include:

  • Researcher
  • Consultant/subject matter expert
  • Teacher/professor
  • Manager/director
  • Program evaluator

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

Enhance Your Earning Potential

According to PayScale, the average annual salary for a professional with a PhD in Psychology is $85,000. Average annual earnings vary by job title:4

  • Research scientist: $77,245
  • Professor, postsecondary/higher education: $87,939
  • Research director: $78,793
  • Technical subject matter expert: $101,757
  • Program evaluator: $56,344


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