Earn your doctorate without giving up your life – even if you live outside of Anchorage – through weekend intensives and blended class formats.
The practical, skills-based focus makes classroom learning immediately relevant and applicable for master’s level professionals already working in the field.
Qualified candidates may earn prerequisites needed for admission through APU during their first year of the program.
The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Counseling Psychology at Alaska Pacific University is designed to meet the needs of master’s-level working professionals seeking the degree requirements to work as a licensed psychologist in the state of Alaska. The Psy.D. at APU is a strengths-based program that emphasizes training in, and application of, practical skills and working within a developmental perspective across the full range of psychological functioning.
Psy.D. coursework is delivered through synchronous online, evening classes and on-campus intensives every six weeks during the semester. Our online courses provide time for material delivery and discussion while the on-campus intensives offer the opportunity for students to practice skills in person, in preparation for internship placement.
Alaska Pacific University is accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities, which is authorized by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education. The PsyD program is designed to meet State of Alaska requirements for the Licensed Psychologist designation. The program is currently preparing to pursue American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation.
I really like that we were able to focus on our own interest areas. One of the things that really interested me and kept me engaged throughout the program were the diverse interests of the other professionals in the program. -Anna Sappah, PsyD, 2016
It’s amazing to have this program here in Alaska. It was perfect for me. It worked with my schedule. I didn’t have to do it online and it allowed me to make my own program in the areas I was interested in. -Laurel Searcy, PsyD, 2015
Institute & Program Area
The Institute of Health & Wellness promotes the advancement of knowledge, understanding, and reasoning in Counseling Psychology, Health Sciences, and Nursing. Honoring Alaska’s complex and distinctive histories, health care services, and systems of care, the Institute prepares students to address and engage in stewardship of our peoples and communities to promote community health and wellness for all.
Renee Georg, Associate Professor:
People are fascinating! In Counseling Psychology we study people, what they do, how they think, and how experiences impact their lives and attitudes; we study ourselves. Upon graduation, students are prepared to advance through the helping professions and to apply what they have learned about people to a wide variety of career and life goals.