Psychology PhD

Focus your studies in the field of psychology and advance your research expertise with a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. The Psychology Department offers the resources and unique, hands-on experience required to develop your skills and position yourself for professional research opportunities. 

As a doctoral student in psychology, you’re tasked with delving into the complexities of the human mind. Psychology PhD students study the neural basis of addiction, ADHD, anxiety, age-related disorders, developmental disorders and depression. Research investigates the reasons for decision making and why people may engage in destructive behavior such as drug use or violence, as well as how and why people form relationships. 

Through research opportunities, cross-disciplinary coursework and innovative clinical engagement, Temple’s Psychology students are not only preparing for their professional endeavors—they’re advancing the field of psychology. As one of only 131 universities in the United States to be classified as an R1 research institution, Temple is proud to offer not only innovative, applicable coursework, but a breadth of interdisciplinary investigative possibilities, as well as clinical experience right here on campus. 

The Psychology PhD program offers the following four areas of study in which students can specialize.

  • Clinical psychology
  • Cognition and neuroscience
  • Developmental psychology
  • Social psychology

Students interested in neuroscience may also complete a neuroscience specialization via the neuroscience program in the College of Liberal Arts. 

Many PhD students go on to postdoctoral research or faculty positions at well-known institutions, where they carry out cutting-edge research in diverse areas from behavioral neuroscience to clinical science. Learn more about the career opportunities available to Psychology PhD graduates.

Program Format & Curriculum

There is a seven-year time limit to complete the PhD program, and full-time study is required. After fulfilling the program’s general requirements, students will follow a curriculum tailored to their chosen area of specialization. 

The general program course requirements are as follows.

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognition and Neuroscience
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Further course and internship requirements depend on the area of specialization. Learn more about the requirements for completing your PhD in Psychology.

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You can focus on Psychology or you can take one of the following concentrations.

  • Quantitative Methods

    Learn to effectively interpret, apply and teach advanced statistical methods, and prepare for a career in consulting, education, research and more. Coursework emphasizes the application of quantitative methods in research so you form expertise in implementing these methods and communicating results.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Doctor of Philosophy offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2019–2020 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $942.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,297.00 per credit

Learn more about our tuition and fees.


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