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Earn an online doctoral degree in Cyberpsychology, become a leader in a new scientific frontier

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Cyberpsychology degree is a unique online program designed to broaden scientific investigation in an age of technology, and the first in America at a Doctoral level.  Scholars from computer science to the social sciences who join the field of Cyberpsychology will undoubtedly contribute to crystallising new ideas and conquering a new scientific frontier. As psychology delves deeper into cyberspace, some questions are becoming increasingly apparent. Will traditional concepts and theories suffice in our understanding of online behaviour? Will we need to modify theories? Will we need to develop new ones? The Ph.D. in Cyberpsychology program provides students with the opportunity to conduct extensive and sustained, original research at the highest level in the field of Cyberpsychology. Key research areas in cyberpsychology are as follows; human factors in infosec and cybersecurity, forensic cyberpsychology, social technologies, ecommerce, developmental cyberpsychology, clinical cyberpsychology, online safety technologies and the psychology of virtual reality and artificial intelligence. The Ph.D. in Cyberpsychology is for current professionals in the field who desire to elevate their skills to the highest level and to contribute to the body of knowledge in Cyberpsychology.

Graduates are likely to find employment or promotion opportunities across a wide range of sectors; including but not limited to industry, the technology sector, cybersecurity, infosec, financial services, education, e-commerce, healthcare, government, law enforcement, military and academia.

Why Capitol?

Learn around your busy schedule

Learn around your busy schedule

Program is 100% online, with no on-campus classes or residencies required, allowing you the flexibility needed to balance your studies and career.

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Proven academic excellence

Study at a university that specializes in industry-focused education in technology fields, with a faculty that includes many industrial and academic experts.


Expert guidance in doctoral research

Capitol’s doctoral programs are supervised by faculty with extensive experience in chairing doctoral dissertations and mentoring students as they launch their academic careers. You’ll receive the guidance you need to successfully complete your doctoral research project and build credentials in the field. 

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Degree Details

This program may be completed with a minimum of 60 credit hours, but may require additional credit hours, depending on the time required to complete the dissertation/publication research. Students who are not prepared to defend after completion of the 60 credits will be required to enroll in RSC-899, a one-credit, eight-week continuation course. Students are required to be continuously enrolled/registered in the RSC-899 course until they successfully complete their dissertation defense/exegesis.

The PhD program offers 2 degree completion requirement options.

  1. Dissertation Option: the student will produce, present, and defend a doctoral dissertation after receiving the required approvals from the student’s Committee and the PhD Review Boards.
  2. Publication Option: the student will produce, present, and defend doctoral research that is published as articles (3 required) in peer reviewed journals identified by the university and the student’s Committee. Students must receive the required approvals from the student’s Committee and the PhD Review Board prior to publication.

Prior Achieved Credits May Be Accepted

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change.

The following rates are in effect for the 2024-2025 academic year, beginning in Fall 2024 and continuing through Summer 2025:

  • The application fee is $100
  • The per-credit charge for doctorate courses is $950. This is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.
  • Retired military receive a $50 per credit hour tuition discount
  • Active duty military receive a $100 per credit hour tuition discount for doctorate level coursework.
  • Information technology fee $40 per credit hour.
  • High School and Community College full-time faculty and full-time staff receive a 20% discount on tuition for doctoral programs.

Find additional information for 2024-2025 doctorate tuition and fees.

I've been in the cyber/tech community for over 25 years and am looking forward to exploring more about the impact of the technology on people through the PhD in Cyberpsychology program.

-Michael Schneider
PhD in Cyberpsychology

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