2020 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a PhD in Psychology

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

This list highlights 7 schools, all of which offer affordable online doctoral in psychology programs. At #1, Regent University Online offers an online Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies for only $10,125 per year. In the #2 spot is Liberty University, with a tuition rate of $11,900 per academic year. Students can choose from the following concentrations: General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, or Social Psychology.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 $10,125
# 2 #2 $11,900
# 3 #3 $15,400
# 4 #4 $16,200
# 5 #5 $16,716
# 6 #6 $16,965
# 7 #7 $19,476
#1
#1

Regent University Online

Virginia Beach (VA)
Annual Tuition: $10,125
Annual Tuition: $10,125
Annual Tuition: $10,125
  • Online Degrees: 15
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 958 -1113
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,052
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,630
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (757) 352-4127

Example Classes: Addictive Behavior, Advanced Marriage and Family Counseling & Consultation, Appraisal & Psychometrics, Ethics and Legal Issues, Indigenous Mental Health Care, Listening Skills

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) - Educational Psychology
  • Ed.S. in Educational Leadership - Educational Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies
  • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Addictions Counseling
  • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Biblical Counseling
  • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Grief Counseling
#2
#2

Liberty University

Lynchburg (VA)
Annual Tuition: $11,900
Annual Tuition: $11,900
Annual Tuition: $11,900
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 30%
  • Average SATs: 970 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 32,610
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 31,396
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (434) 582-2000

Example Classes: Advanced Research: Qualitative Research & Analysis, Contemporary Topics in Developmental Psychology, Psychological Research & Biblical Worldview, Teaching of Psychology, Theories & Research in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Theories & Research in Social Psychology

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • PHD: Psychology: General Psychology
  • PhD: Psychology: Theology
  • PHD: Psychology: Developmental Psychology
  • PhD: Psychology: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PHD: Psychology: Social Psychology
#3
#3

Touro University Worldwide

Los Angeles (CA)
Annual Tuition: $15,400
Annual Tuition: $15,400
Annual Tuition: $15,400
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 438
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,163
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Phone #: (818) 575-6800

Example Classes: Application of Research Methods in Professional Settings, Applied Cognitive Psychology, Applied I/O Psychology, Applied Media Psychology, Applied Social Psychology, Research Methods

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Psychology in Human and Organizational Psychology
  • Doctor of Psychology in Human and Organizational Psychology - Organizational Leadership
#4
#4

Capella University

Minneapolis (MN)
Annual Tuition: $16,200
Annual Tuition: $16,200
Annual Tuition: $16,200
  • Online Degrees: 9
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 0%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 9,815
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 27,356
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (888) 227-3552

Example Classes: Advanced Research Design and Methodology for Professional Psychology, Cognitive/Affective Psychology, History and Systems of Psychology, Lifespan Development, Multicultural Perspectives in Human Behavior, Social Psychology

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • DPSY - School Psychology
  • PhD - Behavioral Analysis
  • PhD - Psychology
  • DPSY - Clinical Psychology
  • PhD - Addiction Psychology
  • PhD - Advanced Studies in Human Behavior
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $16,716
Annual Tuition: $16,716
Annual Tuition: $16,716
  • Online Degrees: 6
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 109
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Phone #: (415) 575-6100

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

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • PhD in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology
  • PhD in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology - Consciousness Studies and Contemplative Neuroscience
  • PhD in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology - Integral and Transpersonal Psychology
  • PhD in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology - Somatic Studies
  • PhD in Transformative Studies
  • PhD in Transformative Studies - Consciousness Studies
#6
#6

Northcentral University

Prescott Valley (AZ)
Annual Tuition: $16,965
Annual Tuition: $16,965
Annual Tuition: $16,965
  • Online Degrees: 20
  • Graduation Rate: 0%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 70
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 10,465
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (888) 327-2877

Example Classes: Cognition, Emotion, and Motivation, Foundations for Doctoral Study in Psychology, Human Communication- Interviewing Skills, Multicultural Psychology, Scholarly Writing and Professional Communication in Psychology, Theories of Personality

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • PhD in Psychology
  • PhD in Psychology - Counseling Psychology
  • PhD in Psychology - Counseling Psychology California Licensure Track
  • PhD in Psychology - Dissertation Completion Pathway
  • PhD in Psychology - Gender Diversity Studies
#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $19,476
Annual Tuition: $19,476
Annual Tuition: $19,476
  • Online Degrees: 7
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 8%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 28,701
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 6,004
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (866) 711-1700

Example Classes: Adult Psychopathology & Treatment I, Advanced Topics in Organizational Consulting, Current & Global Issues in Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Leadership & Organizational Cultures, Psychology of Leadership

Online Doctoral Degrees

  • PsyD
  • PsyD/Criminology and Justice Studies Specialization
  • PsyD/Educational Leadership
  • PsyD/Health and Wellness Psychology
  • PsyD/Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • PsyD/Mediation and Conflict Resolution