PhD In Psychology General
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
Jan 18, 2021
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Understand the Human Experience from a Biblical Worldview with an Online Ph.D. in Psychology

Do you want to deepen your knowledge in psychology and use your research to contribute to the field of understanding human behavior? Liberty University’s Ph.D. in Psychology will provide rigorous research training that will prepare you for a career in academia and research. An online Ph.D. in Psychology is ideal for students who want to bring new knowledge of human behavior to the field and find new ways to help people heal, grow, and thrive.

Liberty’s Ph.D. in Psychology is designed to prepare you to evaluate research and to understand the truth about human behavior from a biblical worldview. Our mission is to Train Champions for Christ, and we fulfill this mission by training professionals to use science and biblical values to understand the full breadth of the human experience. Our unique, biblically-based approach to this field will prepare you to make a positive impact on those you work with.

With Liberty’s Ph.D. in Psychology, you can take part in optional face-to-face on-campus intensives that will allow you to meet faculty and other students while you develop your professional and research skills.

Why Choose Liberty’s Ph.D. in Psychology Degree?

To help behavioral sciences professionals meet their educational goals in a way that fits their lives, our online Ph.D. in Psychology provides scheduling flexibility and keeps affordability in mind. Our Ph.D. in Psychology’s online format allows you to take your classes from home without traveling to campus. However, this program still provides a community of psychology professionals and the ability to take optional intensive format courses to allow you to connect in person.

Throughout this program, Liberty incorporates a biblical worldview into the instruction. This perspective in your research and practical training in psychology will help you develop professional and academic excellence without compromising an ethical appreciation for human life. Additionally, our caring faculty are devoted to helping you grow personally and academically.

With our online Ph.D. in Psychology, you will learn effective clinical techniques, essential behavioral theory, and develop your research and writing expertise. You will be equipped with a thorough understanding of human thought and behavior while developing your own research to further the field.

Earning a Ph.D. in Psychology online with Liberty means that you will be trained to engage with research and psychiatric practice critically and biblically. If you are interested in becoming a thoughtful, articulate, and research-savvy professional, then this is the program for you.

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What Will You Learn in Our Ph.D. in Psychology Degree?

Liberty’s online Ph.D. in Psychology is designed to build on your previous study and experience in human psychology and develop you into a researcher and psychologist who demonstrates ethical and academic excellence while integrating biblical values into your practice.

Through this program, you will:

  • Learn how an appreciation of biblical values enhances psychiatric practice by putting human value at the forefront of technique and theory.
  • Develop a grounded critical approach to psychiatric research and theory while integrating a biblical worldview into approaches to current issues in psychology.
  • Master psychiatric research and writing techniques that will establish your work in the study of human behavior.
  • Complete dissertation research through your program with mentorship from your professors so that you have the option to present research at conferences.

Through this program, you will be encouraged to become a thought leader on a variety of topics related to the human experience. Our goal is to help you venture into the world of psychiatric research and practice and offer insights based on biblical foundations of truth that can help people heal and thrive.

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Highlights of Our Ph.D. in Psychology Degree

  • Liberty is ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility by — and one of the top 10 online schools in America by Earning your online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition will set you apart from others in your field.

  • Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 6 years – and counting.
  • Meet faculty and fellow students in person through optional on-campus intensives.
  • Contribute to the understanding of human experience and behavior.

Ph.D. in Psychology Degree Information

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Career Opportunities for Ph.D. in Psychology Graduates

  • Professor
  • Corporate psychologist
  • Researcher
  • Project manager
  • Program or department head

Admission Requirements for Doctoral Degrees

A regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree with a 3.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official college transcripts showing 12 hours in psychology (or closely related field) at either undergraduate or graduate level
    • Must include courses in general psychology, statistics, research methods, and one additional course
    • If these prerequisites were met at the undergraduate level, a bachelor’s degree would also be required for admission
  • Contact information for 2 approved recommenders (the student’s former college professors or supervisors)
  • Proof of English proficiency

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

General Track

Developmental Psychology


Social Psychology