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 and Neuroscience Department's doctoral program 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 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.

Doctoral students interested in neuroscience may also complete a neuroscience specialization via the Neuroscience program in the College of Liberal Arts. A new concentration in Quantitative Methods enables students to receive intensive training in current statistical techniques.

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

Research Opportunities

There are a number of research laboratories across the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. The research being conducted in these labs involves teams of graduate students, undergraduates, postdoctoral fellows and full-time research staff. Much of the research is collaborative, often involving the sharing of expertise across different labs within the department. Many projects also involve collaborations with research labs at other universities in the United States and across a range of other countries. 

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.

Related Graduate Degrees

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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 2021–2022 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $966.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,329.00 per credit

Learn more about our tuition and fees.


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