2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a PhD in Psychology

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The most affordable online PhDs in psychology can be found at the 9 schools on this list. Top-ranked California Southern University offers the lowest tuition, $8,415 annually, for a Doctor of Psychology program. Seventh-ranked Capella University offers a variety of PhD and PsyD programs with specializations such as addiction psychology, clinical psychology, and education psychology. Tuition for Capella University's online doctoral degrees in psychology starts at $23,625.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 California Southern University Annual Tuition $8,415
#2 #2 Regent University Online Annual Tuition $8,450
#3 #3 Touro University Worldwide Annual Tuition $10,500
#4 #4 Saybrook University Hybrid Online Annual Tuition $15,400
#5 #5 California Institute of Integral Studies Annual Tuition $16,152
#6 #6 Northcentral University Annual Tuition $16,395
#7 #7 Capella University Annual Tuition $23,625
#8 #8 Sofia University Annual Tuition $23,750
#9 #9 Chicago School of Professional Psychology Online Annual Tuition $28,060
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  • Annual Tuition: $8,415
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Theories of Personality; Cognition, Emotion and Motivation; Crisis and Trauma Counseling; Dream Analysis; Eating Disorders; Group Counseling

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,450
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Example Classes:
    Addictive Behavior; Advanced Marriage and Family Counseling & Consultation; Affect, Cognition & Motivation; Appraisal & Psychometrics; Biological Basis of Behavior; Contemporary Psychology
  • Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Application of Research Methods in Professional Settings; Applied Cognitive Psychology; Applied I/O Psychology; Applied Media Psychology; Applied Social Psychology; Career Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $15,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Clinical Psychopharmacology; Developmental Psychology; Ethics and Laws in Psychotherapy and Behavioral Science Research; Personality Assessment; Psychopathology and Diagnosis; The Psychology of Multiculturalism in North America
  • Annual Tuition: $16,152
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Critical Thinking with Integral/Transpersonal Psychologies; Praxis with Integral and Transpersonal Sociology and Social Action; Quantitative Research Methods with Neuroscience of Consciousness; Research Design and Critique with Exceptional Human Experiences; Scholarly Writing with Integral and Transpersonal Studies; Western/World Philosophies with History and Systems of Psychology
  • Annual Tuition: $16,395
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Adult Aging; Cognition, Emotion, and Motivation; Forensic Psychology; Foundations for Doctoral Study in Psychology; Human Communication- Interviewing Skills; Human Sexual Behavior
  • Annual Tuition: $23,625
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Research Design and Methodology for Professional Psychology; Biological Basis of Behavior; Clinical Interventions; Cognitive/Affective Psychology; Ethics and Multicultural Issues in Clinical and Counseling Psychology; History and Systems of Psychology
  • Annual Tuition: $23,750
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Seminar in Transpersonal Psychology; Cognition, Affect,and Consciousness; Critical Thinking and Academic Writing Seminar; Integral Research Skills; Intensive Retreat Seminar; Quantitative Research Research Methods Methods and Statistics
  • Annual Tuition: $28,060
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology; Abnormal Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Educational Psychology; Learning and Cognition in Children and Adolescents; Social Psychology and Culture
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This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.