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Educational Psychology PhD

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PhD in Educational Psychology  

In today’s challenging educational environment, organizations need highly effective professionals equipped to make a positive impact on student outcomes.

For the summer 2021 term, a limited number of courses and/or classes within a course will be delivered via live face to face delivery. Details regarding these courses have been communicated with all current students. The remainder of summer courses will be delivered virtually. We anticipate a full return to campus in the fall. Please read an important message from Dean Robert A. DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP for additional information.


Our goal at PCOM is to provide advanced training for school psychologists, school counselors and school social workers, or those in a related field who have completed a master’s degree and are seeking additional skills and expanded career opportunities.

As a student in the Doctor of Philosophy program (PhD) in Educational Psychology at PCOM, you will:

  • gain further understanding of the educational and psychological processes involved in learning and apply these to current issues in the field.
  • select an area in which to receive specialized training such as neuropsychological assessment, cognitive behavior therapy, applied behavior analysis, or organizational development and leadership.
  • become an expert in an area of your choice as you develop a program of research, uniquely designed to meet your professional goals.

About Our Program

The PhD program is designed to be completed in three years of full-time study, although students may choose to pursue a degree on a part-time basis, typically not beyond five years. Because the program is geared toward working professionals, the majority of classes are offered in the late afternoon and early evening, some of which begin at 4 p.m. Coursework is delivered in a hybrid format, with both online and on-campus classes.

While there is no formal practicum or internship associated with this program and graduates are not eligible to sit for licensure as psychologists, the hours of the program and the flexibility allow students to continue to work making this program a great fit for many.

Career Options

Since most colleges and universities require professors and instructors to have a doctoral degree, graduates of our PhD program may choose to pursue careers teaching in a higher education setting.

Graduates will be better prepared to assume leadership roles within educational systems such as serving on school boards, higher education commissions and departments of education.

Application Process and Requirements

Applications to the Doctor of Philosophy program (PhD) in Educational Psychology will be considered throughout the year. Visit our application requirements page to learn about course prerequisites, program requirements, the application process and more.

Cost of Attendance and Financial Aid

PCOM is committed to helping students maximize funding sources and minimize student debt. Visit our Office of Financial Aid section to learn about cost of attendance, types of aid available and how to apply for financial aid.

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Contact Us

For more information regarding the Educational Psychology (PhD) program, please contact program coordinator Katie Garson via email at or by phone at 215-871-6463.