4 Top Accredited Online PsyD Programs

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If you want to earn a Psy.D., then it’s clinical work that you’re interested in. It is very important that this program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). This will tell you that the program meets the necessary standards in order to get to work. It will also inform a potential employer that you have the right knowledge and training to do a job. Considering that it will take you at least four years to complete such a degree, having one that will actually be worth something is particularly important.

Meanwhile, more and more people are considering studying online. This allows them to continue to meet personal and professional responsibilities while improving their education. In this case, it is even more important that the program is accredited, as it would be all too easy to offer an online program without actually being any good.

Below are what we believe to be the four top accredited online Psy.D. programs for you to choose from.

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Alaska Pacific University

Alaska Pacific University’s Psy.D. program, designed for mid-career professionals, features synchronous online learning with on-campus, three-day weekend intensives. This program follows a scholar-practitioner model of training that allows students to learn about current, evidence-based practices and how they apply to clinical settings.

  • Campus: Anchorage, Alaska
  • Type: Private, nonprofit
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Tuition: $840 per credit hour
  • Minimum time commitment: 93 credits, five years
  • Degree requirements: All applicants are required to have taken specific master’s level psychology courses at the time of admission, along with clinically relevant training and/or work experience. The eligibility of an applicant’s master’s level courses is determined by faculty. Additional requirements include a personal statement and essay, letters of recommendation, and copies of professional licensure currently held.
  • Program: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • Request Information Direct: Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology


California Southern University

The Psy.D. program at California Southern University is one of their most popular degrees. This is also due to the fact that it can be completed at one’s personal pace, ranging from two to ten years. All faculty staff members are leading professionals in the field of psychology.

  • Campus: Irvine, California
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation: Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
  • Tuition: $395 per credit
  • Minimum time commitment: 66 credits
  • Degree requirements: Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, GPA of 3.0, transcripts
  • Programs: Doctor of Psychology
  • Request Information Direct: California Southern University


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William James College

This degree program is delivered fully online. To graduate, students have to take part in a residency of four days. This is held in Boston, Massachusetts. The area of leadership psychology is expected to grow by 26% between 2010 and 2020, which makes it a very interesting career choice.

  • Campus: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation: APA
  • Tuition: $1,248 per credit
  • Minimum time commitment: Four years
  • Degree requirements: GRE, prerequisite courses,
  • Programs: Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Leadership Psychology
  • Request Information Direct: Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology


Saybrook University

The Psy.D. program at Saybrook University combines online learning with residency practice. The school takes a humanistic approach, which means students learn to gain a greater understanding of what it means to be human. Graduates are in high demand and find employment in a range of different employment settings.

  • Campus: Oakland, California
  • Type: Private, not for profit
  • Accreditation: WASC, HECB
  • Tuition: $23,240 per year
  • Minimum time commitment: 105 credits
  • Degree requirements: Transcripts, GPA of 3.0, bachelor’s or master’s degree, personal statement, personal interview, one contact for recommendation, professional experience, academic history, compatible interests, critical thinking, writing skills, personal motivation
  • Programs: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • Request Information Direct: Saybrook University


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