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Prepare for leadership roles in your field through APU’s doctoral programs in education, nursing, psychology, physical therapy, and theology. Through rigorous study and research, and personal interaction with expert faculty, you will graduate ready to lead the next generation of scholars, nurses, physical therapists, church leaders, and more.
Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)
This practitioner-scholar program combines science and practice, preparing individuals to practice as psychologists. The Psy.D. program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and meets California licensure requirements.
English program in Azusa and San Diego; Korean program in Los Angeles The Doctor of Ministry Program renews and transforms ministry leaders, churches, and communities, equipping them to spread the message of Jesus Christ.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (also online)
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed to prepare nurses at the highest level of practice for the current, complex health care environment. An evidence-based clinical approach emphasizes the prevention, assessment, and treatment of complex health issues in the adult and elderly population.
Educational Leadership, Ed.D.
Prepares graduates to assume elementary and secondary administrative positions at school site, district office or county, state, and federal levels in public or private education.
Higher Education Leadership, Ed.D.
Qualifies graduates for leadership roles in colleges and universities, especially in student development, academic support, and institutional administration. This is a three-year, 51-unit, cohort-based program offered on the Azusa campus for one week each June and nine weekends a year (Fridays and Saturdays).Azusa (main campus) and Low Residency only
Higher Education, Ph.D.
The Ph.D. in Higher Education develops scholars who are able to conduct original research and interpret and communicate the results of that research through their writing, teaching, and leadership. This is a 60-unit, cohort-based program offered on the Azusa campus for two weeks each July and January for four years.Azusa (main campus) and Low Residency only
Available in Los Angeles Blending Korean culture with the principles of God’s Word, the Korean Doctor of Ministry program focuses on spiritual formation and the development of leadership skills for pastors and senior church leaders in the Korean community.Los Angeles only
The PhD in Nursing is a research-based program designed to prepare graduates for a life of scholarship and teaching. Graduates become nurse scholars, educators, and researchers prepared to pursue systematic research inquiry to improve the health of society and train the future generation of nurse clinicians and academicians.
This program offers the following areas of study: Health of the Family and the Community and International Health.Monrovia only
Physical Therapy Postprofessional Clinical Fellowship in Movement and Performance
This fellowship offers clinical training of physical therapists to accelerate their professional development in becoming highly skilled patient-care providers, resources, educators, and mentors to others in the communities they serve, as well as competent consumers of and contributors to the scientific literature.
Physical Therapy, DPT
Emphasizes the scientific basis of human structure and movement, the spiritual basis of human worth, and the integration of these elements into a comprehensive approach to evaluation and treatment. Graduates gain a solid generalist perspective of patient care in a variety of professional treatment settings.
Rehabilitation and Movement Science, Ph.D.
The Ph.D. in Rehabilitation and Movement Science program prepares leaders to improve health and rehabilitation outcomes through research and education. This hybrid Ph.D. program is completed primarily online, with two, one-week sessions on campus per year.