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4 Cheap Online Doctorates in Psychology

We drew up this list of 4 cheap online PhD in psychology degrees that aid those taking academic, educational, and/or research paths. Study toward licensure is another likely career path. Guidance provided by the schools on this list comes from experienced faculty with practical experience and applied study.

Due to the limited number of online doctorate programs in psychology, we were only able to make a limited ranking based on fewer factors than longer, more scientific lists are. We compiled this list of the top 4 cheap online doctorates in psychology by looking at their online hourly tuition rate and ordering them from least to most expensive.

#1 - Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Online Ph.D. in Psychology

Enrollment: 37,569
Tuition: $14,365
Capella University's online doctor of philosophy in psychology degree offers six specializations: general, behavioral, addiction, developmental, educational, and industrial/organizational. The 104 quarter credit program seeks a $50 application fee and a minimum GPA on previous coursework that is set by the department. Capella University offers graduate tuition at the rate of $530 per academic unit for the 100% online PhD in psychology. According to the university's online fact sheet, 19% of Capella University's students were enrolled in the Harold Abel School of Psychology. Also, the site cites projected growth of 14% in the employment of psychologists between 2016 and 2026.

#2 - Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona

Ph.D. in General Psychology Online

Enrollment: 75,834
Tuition: $9,737
The online doctor of philosophy in general psychology with an emphasis in cognition and instruction degree at Grand Canyon University includes such coursework as theories of inquiry and ethical issues in psychology and doctoral residencies. Tuition for the 60 credit hour online PhD in general psychology offered by Grand Canyon University is $650 per semester hour. The program asks for a GPA of 3.4 or higher, GRE or GMAT scores, and official transcripts. Though once a for-profit institution, Grand Canyon University has returned to its non-profit roots while maintaining a strongly Christian faith-based viewpoint.

#3 - Regent University

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Online Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Studies - Research

Enrollment: 8,389
Tuition: $12,726
The 100% online, doctoral degree in counseling and psychological studies-research, presented from a Christian worldview by Regent University in a 51 credit hour program provides experience in data analysis, grant writing, and research. Admission requires a $50 application fee, a GPA of 3.5 or higher, an academic writing sample, and a resume. Graduate tuition to Regent University is $650 per hour for the online PhD in counseling and psychological studies, research. Regent University has regularly innovated Christ-based education but remained Christ-based while creating its first online component in 1997 (according to their website timeline).

#4 - Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Chicago, Illinois

Ph.D. in Business Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Track Online

Enrollment: 1,363
Tuition: $24,300
An online doctor of philosophy in business psychology, industrial/organizational track degree from Chicago School of Professional Psychology offers the following coursework: business and financial literacy, strategic and organizational planning, and change management. $1449 per credit is the tuition rate for Chicago School of Professional Psychology's online PhD in business psychology, industrial/organizational track. Admission requirements include a GPA of 3.2 or higher, 36 previous hours in psychology courses, an application fee of $50, and a current resume.

By BVS Staff
October 2018

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