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Career Outcomes for Our PhD In General Psychology

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Offered through Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) College of Doctoral Studies, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Cognition and Instruction can prepare you to advance your applied instruction career and enhance your teaching skills. Read on to learn about potential career outcomes for graduates of this PhD program and what you can expect to learn while earning this degree.

Potential Career Outcomes

This PhD program is ideal for professionals working in instructional and applied settings who wish to propel their career and enhance their knowledge and abilities or enter educator or researcher positions in postsecondary institutions. Some of the roles you may be prepared to pursue as a graduate of GCU’s cognitive psychology PhD program include:

  • University Researcher
  • College Professor
  • User Experience Design Researcher
  • Cognitive Psychologist
  • Sustainable Education Consultant
  • Government Researcher
  • Consumer Psychologist
  • Educational Technology Consultant
  • Usability Analyst
  • Human Factors Consultant

Areas of Focus

Using an empirical, research-based approach, this program provides learners with an increased understanding of mental thought processes and helps them sharpen their scholarly research and writing skills. In addition, to provide applied instruction professionals with skills and strategies for improving learning outcomes the PhD in cognitive psychology program from GCU covers a broad range of topics in cognition, instruction and research. Here are some examples of what you will study while earning this degree:

  • Psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic strategies
  • Methods and techniques for teaching new behaviors
  • Epistemology and hermeneutic interpretation
  • Approaches to understanding mental processes
  • Humanistic, transpersonal and existential (HTE) psychology
  • Analyzing and interpreting standardized tests
  • Human learning and social cognition
  • The application of cognitive psychology to learning and instruction
  • Data analysis and theories of probability

Expand your skills and take your instruction career to the next level by earning Grand Canyon University’s PhD in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Cognition and Instruction. To learn more about this degree program, please head to the College of Doctoral Studies website or use the Request More Information Button located on this page.