Earn a Doctorate in Psychology Online

Psychology’s two main doctoral degrees, the Ph.D. and the Psy.D., can both be earned online. Ph.D. programs emphasize both research and practice, thereby preparing students for careers as researchers or practitioners. Online Psychology doctoral degrees place less emphasis on research and are designed mainly for careers in counseling.

Graduates of doctoral programs can expect favorable employment opportunities. In 2001, the APA’s Doctorate Employment Survey found that an impressive 73% of the 1,754 responding psychologists who earned their doctorates in 2000-2001 were hired for their #1 preferred job position. Three-fourths of respondents were employed within three months of graduation.

The following schools offer accredited online doctoral programs in psychology.

  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology features accredited online Ph.D. programs in international psychology and organizational leadership. Each three-year program requires two in-person learning experiences: the international program includes two nine-day international field experiences, and the organizational leadership program includes two three-day residencies on campus.
  • The northeastern Union Institute and University has an accredited Psy.D. degree with a clinical psychology concentration. Learning takes place mainly online, but students meet in small cohorts each month. Twice yearly, academic meeting attendance is required in Brattleboro, Vermont or Cincinnati.
  • The University of Phoenix has a variety of online options for psychologists, but these vary by campus. Check the University of Phoenix link for programs in your area. Flexible scheduling lets students complete each course in just five to nine weeks.