3 Top Accredited Online and On-Campus PsyD and PhD Programs

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If you want to earn a PsyD or PhD, then it’s clinical work that you’re interested in. Earning a doctorate in psychology from an accredited university is always a wise idea since it gives you a better sense of whether if offers the right knowledge and training to prepare you to provide expert care and interventions.

More and more psychology doctoral candidates are looking at online degrees when considering their options. The convenience and flexibility of online programs means having more control over your education, allowing you to meet personal and professional responsibilities while earning an advanced degree.

Below are what we believe to be three of the top accredited online and campus-based PsyD and PhD programs for you to choose from.

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Alaska Pacific University

Alaska Pacific University’s PsyD program, designed for mid-career professionals, features synchronous online learning with on-campus classes, along with 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 practice.

  • Campus: Anchorage, Alaska
  • Type: Private, nonprofit
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Tuition: $840 per credit hour
  • 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


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William James College

This William James College PsyD program may not be delivered online, but it does hold the esteemed ABA-accreditation. To graduate, students have to take part in a residency in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Campus: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation: APA
  • Tuition: $1,675 per credit
  • Time commitment: 5 years
  • Degree requirements: GRE, prerequisite courses
  • Programs: Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
  • Request Information Direct: Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology


Saybrook University

The PhD program at Saybrook University combines online learning with residency practice. The school takes a humanistic approach to preparing psychologists for professional practice. 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
  • Tuition: $1,349 per credit
  • Time commitment: 5 years
  • 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, writing skills, personal motivation
  • Programs: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • Request Information Direct: Saybrook University

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