Psychology Doctoral Programs in Alaska

Known as the “Great Land” and the “Last Frontier,” Alaska is located in the extreme northwest region of North America. While Alaska is by far the largest state in the United States by area, it is the least densely populated with fewer than a million residents. Alaska is well-known around the world for its rugged beauty, gold mining, fishing, dog sled races, Midnight Sun, Northern Lights, bitterly cold winter weather, and the biggest bears on the continent.

Although Alaska is more than twice the size of Texas and has a longer coastline than all other states combined, it is home to just one doctoral program for psychology. The following is the only PhD in Psychology program accredited by the APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA) in Alaska.

University of Alaska, Fairbanks-Anchorage

Department of Psychology

Situated in the state’s largest city at Anchorage, the University of Alaska is ranked as the 71st best college and the 27th best public school in the West by the U.S. News and World Report. Although based with its main campus in Anchorage, the university is spread across thousands of miles to seven distinct locations in Alaska. In the geographic center of the state stands the 2,250-acre campus in Fairbanks, along the banks of the beautiful Chena River. Across the University of Alaska system, there are more than 35,000 full-time and part-time students enrolled in upwards of 500 degree programs.

The Departments of Psychology for the University of Alaska at Fairbanks and Anchorage share the common goal of furthering student knowledge on how people think, feel, and behave. In order to meet the goal of contributing to understanding on behavior and mental processes, programs in the department involve intense classroom instruction, professional development experiences, mentoring, research, and clinical practice. Students are highly encouraged to become participants in service to the Alaskan community in Psychology Club, PSI CHI, Graduate Student Association, and Alaska Natives into Psychology (ANPsych) organization.

PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology

As a joint doctoral program delivered by the Departments of Psychology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Alaska Anchorage, the PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology is strongly based on the scientist-practitioner model of clinical training. The focus of the program is enriching knowledge that is relevant to the rural and indigenous issues of Alaska, celebrating the diversity of rural environments, and applying theories to research and service to the public. Courses in the degree program are co-taught through video conferencing between both campuses in order to provide the same student enrichment regardless of residence.


  • American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation (CoA)
  • Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities
  • Western Regional Graduate Programs

Contact Information

SSB Room 303
3211 Providence Dr.
Anchorage, AK 99508
[email protected]

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