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Ph.D. in Community Psychology

National Louis University's Doctorate of Philosophy in Community Psychology aims to develop skills necessary for advanced work at the interface of individuals, organizations, communities and public policy. Students who enter this program gain essential psychological, research and collaborative skills to address an array of social problems including, but not limited to, poverty, affordable housing, urban education, child abuse, substance abuse, violence, health and the environment. This doctorate degree in psychology program provides training in quantitative and qualitative methods, grant writing, prevention and intervention, evaluation, advocacy, community development, policy change and other areas.

Choose NLU's Ph.D. in Community Psychology program if you:

  • Have a master's degree in Psychology or a related field
  • Want to address community problems holistically and influence communities and families as well as individuals
  • Need flexible options that allow you to balance work and life

  • Quantitative and qualitative methodological training necessary to conduct quality research
  • The complexities of working within various community settings and with a variety of stakeholders
  • How to view individuals in the context of family, community and society
  • How to build upon the strengths within the community to alleviate concerns defined by the community
  • How to facilitate an empowerment process that leads to sustainable results

Individuals with a Ph.D. in Community Psychology from National Louis University can expect to find employment as researchers, educators, advocates, policy analysts, program developers, evaluators and organizational consultants. Positions for community psychologists are available within governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, research centers and academic institutions.

Since 1886, National Louis University has been preparing students for success in serving the needs of others. NLU provides a foundation for those who desire to contribute to the needs of their local and global communities through personal attention and coursework that is both practical and proven. NLU's founders were rooted in community activism. Our Doctorate of Philosophy program continues to carry out this legacy by educating students toward bringing about community change.

NLU provides an environment that values strong community-based experiences as much as academic background and test scores. Your fellow doctoral students will have master's degrees in a variety of disciplines ranging from traditional psychology to business administration. In addition, the dissertation is integrated into the coursework, and the curriculum is designed to be completed more quickly than traditional daytime programs.

All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements as well as additional requirements specific to this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at

Get more information today about enrolling in NLU's Doctorate of Philosophy in Community Psychology program. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888-658-8632).

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