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PhD in Educational Psychology

Philadelphia Campus

  • Designed for working professionals
  • Can be completed in three years
  • Features specialized training
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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.


Our goal at PCOM is to provide advanced training for school psychologists, school counselors, and those in related fields, adhering to the scholar-practitioner model. This training is designed for individuals who have completed a master's degree (preferably in a 60-credit or more program), are certified to practice in their field, and are seeking to acquire additional skills and explore expanded career opportunities. Applicants should have a strong background and interest in research and data-based decision making.

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, or applied behavior analysis.
  • become an expert in an area of your choice as you develop a program of research, uniquely designed to meet your professional goals.

About the PhD in Educational Psychology Program

The PhD in Educational Psychology 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.

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.

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.

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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