Grand Canyon University

Ph.D. in General Psychology: Performance Psychology (Quantitative Research)


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. in General Psychology: Performance Psychology (Quantitative Research)

Format: Online

Program Description:

Earn Your PhD in Performance Psychology from GCU

Grand Canyon University’s quantitative Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance Psychology program offers a broad array of courses that increase the understanding of human actions in the past and present. In this program, students will employ quantitative methodology to design, collect and analyze information in alignment with conducting a scholarly dissertation. This degree is not intended for those seeking licensure in clinical practice. Those interested in licensure or certification should identify the applicable requirements by inquiring directly with their state or province.

Why Specialize in a Quantitative Performance Psychology PhD

GCU’s quantitative PhD in performance psychology focuses on analyzing events through numeric data. This program will help student develop expertise in the creation of a sampling plan and in the collection of data. This program differs from GCU’s qualitative program, which focuses on gaining insight into how and why people think, believe and behave a certain way.

What You’ll Study in GCU’s Performance Psychology Program

GCU’s quantitative PhD in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance Psychology program was created by the College of Doctoral Studies to help doctoral learners broaden their skillsets and set themselves apart from the competition. In this program, students will familiarize themselves with the major schools of thought in psychology and their philosophical origins, address the psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic strategies used to assist individuals with managing personal and inter-personal issues, examine the historical and theoretical background of the behavioristic movement, apply theories of emotion, cognition and motivation to performance, explore the basic components of quantitative research design and more.

To graduate from this program, Students must participate in two or three hands-on doctoral residencies, complete a minimum of 60 credits and pass courses including:

    Foundations of performance psychology
    History and systems of psychology
    Humanistic, transpersonal and existential psychology
    Performance enhancement
    Psychoanalysis and psychodynamic theory
    Psychomotor performance

Career Outlook With a Performance Psychology PhD?

Graduates of GCU’s PhD in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance Psychology program will be able to apply theory and practice to conduct original research or work in applied settings such as sport, military or medical industries to enhance performance of individuals and groups. Graduates may go on to become:

    Fitness coaches
    Teachers in higher-education institutions


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

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