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PhD in Psychology

Making a positive impact within your community, organization, and profession requires an ability to integrate theories, research, and evidence-based practices that accommodate cultural and individual diversity. With a PhD in Psychology from Walden University, you’ll be better prepared as a researcher, educator, and practitioner to help individuals and groups with family, mental health, career, and educational issues.

Receive a 20% tuition reduction if you reside outside the US and start this program today. Contact one of our enrollment advisors to learn more.

Enrollment process

  1. Complete the Request Information form

  2. An enrollment advisor will contact you to answer your questions.

  3. Choose the program that’s right for you, then apply.

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Earn a Master’s Degree While Completing Your PhD

You are eligible to enroll in our PhD in Psychology program if you have earned either a master’s or bachelor’s degree. In addition, certain specializations in the PhD in Psychology program allow you to earn your MS in Psychology as you complete your PhD The specialization you choose for your doctoral program will determine the MS in Psychology specialization you complete.


  • Clinical Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • General Psychology (Research Option)
  • General Psychology (Teaching Option)
  • Self-Designed
  • Social Psychology

Career Options

The PhD in Psychology program will prepare you to use current theory and research to make valuable contributions to government, nonprofit, and private organizations. With your degree, you will have the ability to work directly with individuals at varying developmental levels, from infants to older adults, as well as diverse groups ranging from families to universities.

Settings in which you may practice can include mental health centers, government agencies, healthcare organizations, corporations, community agencies, social services, and schools. Your career options, depending on your specialization, may include a variety of roles, such as:*

  • Researcher
  • Counselor
  • Administrator
  • Consultant
  • Political strategist
  • Teacher
  • Marketing director
  • Director of career services
  • Human resources manager
  • Staff psychologist
  • Law enforcement, probation, or correctional officer

Why a Walden PhD in Psychology?

Sit for Psychology Licensing Exams when you choose the Clinical or Counseling specialization.
Accomplished Scholars - 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
Exceptional Student Support from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.
Consulting Skills Intensive Residency - 4-day optional on-site, practical learning experience directly related to day-to-day challenges encountered in the workplace.
Psi Chi Join Walden’s virtual chapter of The International Honor Society in Psychology

For assistance deciding which specialization fits your goals, call an enrollment advisor at:


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

Note on Licensure

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.

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