Our list of the Top 10 Online Doctoral Programs in Psychology is a broad ranking which takes into account accreditation and general reputation. With the increased presence and acceptance of online Ph.D. programs throughout the U.S., prestigious institutions and many state schools are now offering online degrees with more frequency. The doctoral degree in Psychology has become more common throughout the country. With many emphases being offered at various institutions, it may be difficult to find a degree that suits a students’ purposes. This list provides a list based on reputation that we hope will help guide decisions in picking a top tier school. The schools that made the list were accredited.
California Southern University offers an online Doctor of Psychology degree. The program meets the licensure requirements for a psychologist practicing in California. The program is 66 credits long at $395 per credit hour. In the place of a dissertation, the PsyD program culminates in one of the following: a community-based action-research project, a critical analysis of the literature in a field of study, or a clinical application and analysis. California Southern University is a non-profit institution and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission.
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology offers online doctorates in Applied Behavioral Analysis, Business Psychology, International Psychology, and Educational Psychology and Technology. CSPP is ranked at #50 in our Top 50 Schools Offering Online PhD Programs 2015-2016. CSPP is a non-profit institution charging $1,310 per credit hour. The International Psychology degree was the first of its kind in the nation, preparing graduates for work in multinational organizations. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission.
Meridian University offers online doctorates in Psychology (PhD) and in Clinical Psychology (PsyD). The PsyD program consists of four years of course work and the program meets the requirements for the California State Psychologist license. Written and oral exams, a clinical case study and 60 hours of personal therapy are required for completion of the program. The PhD also requires four years of course work and written and oral exams. However, a dissertation must be written in this program. Tuition at Meridian is based on yearly enrollment rather than per credit basis and comes in at $15,300 annually. Meridian University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Saybrook University offers online doctorates in Psychology (PhD) and in Clinical Psychology (PsyD). The program in Psychology (PhD) provides opportunities to concentrate on subjects such as consciousness, spirituality, and integrative health; creativity studies; Jungian studies; existential, humanistic, and transpersonal psychology; and transformative social change. The Clinical Psychology degree looks to combine the academic rigor of the Psychology program with a view to clinical practice and counselling. Like Meridian University, Saybrook bases tuition on a yearly total rather than on a per credit price, coming in at $23,588 per academic year. Saybrook University if accredited by the Senior Commission of Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Walden University offers an online PhD in Psychology. During the course of your PhD work, you will earn a Master’s of Science in Psychology. The PhD program has a number of specializations including Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, General Psychology, Health Psychology, and Social Psychology. Walden is a for-profit institution and charges $495 per credit hour. Walden University is accredited by the Higher Learning commission.
Capella University offers an online Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology. At the beginning of the program, the student is helped in determining their dissertation topic so they are expected to begin working on it as soon as they can in the program. Courses include Health Care Policy, Psychology of Personality, Adolescent Psychology, Current Issues in Gerontology, among others. There is also the opportunity to have a special emphasis in Adulthood and Aging. The institution is for-profit and tuition at Capella University is $525 per credit hour according to the school’s website. Capella University is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (https://www.hlcommission.org, 800.621.7440).
Sofia University offers an online Global Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology. The program emphasizes the study of transpersonal psychology and related fields. The program offers bi-annual in-person seminars with the rest of the program happening online. The program boasts three concentrations: Consciousness and Creativity Studies, Philosophy and Cognitive Neurosciences, and Research Methods in Psychology. Sofia University is a for-profit institution, and tuition is $657 per credit unit. Sofia University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Northcentral University offers an online Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology. The program boasts a number of specializations including Addictions, Gender Diversity, General Psychology, Gerontology, Health Psychology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Mental Health Policy and Practice, and Trauma and Disaster Relief. The program is incredibly flexible, with weekly starts for classes as well as one-to-one mentoring with professors guaranteed to have a PhD. Northcentral University is a for-profit institution with tuition being $1035 per credit unit. Northcentral University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission.
University of the Rockies offers an online Doctor of Psychology degree. The program offers a diverse set of specializations including Business Psychology, Criminology and Justice Studies, Educational Leadership, Health and Wellness Psychology, Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Mental Health Administration, Non-Profit Management, Organizational Leadership, and Sport and Performance Psychology. The program is 68 credits and a dissertation along with some in-residence course requirements. University of the Rockies is a for-profit institution, and tuition is $1082 per credit unit. University of the Rockies is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.
Grand Canyon University offers an online doctoral degree in General Psychology. In the General Psychology degree program, there are a number of emphases including Cognition and Instruction, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Integrating Technology, Learning and Psychology, and Performance Psychology. Grand Canyon University is a for-profit Christian University with tuition being $640 per credit hour. Grand Canyon University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.