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 PhD Media Psychology
Jon Cabiria

"Since graduating, the opportunities to achieve my goals have only increased, and the timeline to achieve them has been remarkably shorter. I now face the enviable dilemma of how to choose from so many excellent opportunities."

-Jon Cabiria, PhD, Alumnus
Be a Pioneer in an Emerging Field
Students in Media Psychology are pioneering one of the most innovative branches of psychology. They study how people behave and respond to different forms of media communication—including the Internet, multimedia, and virtual reality. You can be part of this exciting new field. Since Fielding developed the first PhD program in Media Psychology in the country, our students, faculty, and alumni are creating and defining the future of this field. Together they are turning media psychology into a major influence in psychology.

Balance Your Studies with Your Busy Life
You don’t have to move or quit your job to study at Fielding. Coursework is offered in a distributed learning environment, making it possible for you to balance your studies with the demands of work, family, and community commitments. There are also plenty of opportunities to network and collaborate with faculty and peers both online and face-to-face. Learn more about how this program will fit into your life by visiting the delivery methods page.

Customize Your Learning Experience
You can tailor your degree to follow your passions and achieve your goals. You will partner with a faculty mentor to create a customized plan of study and research. Many of our students have experience in the practical use of media. We encourage you to use what you already know to inform your research.

Collaborate with a Diverse Community
You will join a vigorous community of expert faculty, students, and professional alumni who represent a rich tapestry of social, ethnic, and cultural perspectives. You will discover a wide range of research and professional opportunities from the multidisciplinary expertise of our faculty whose backgrounds include social psychology, cognitive psychology, communications technology, social science, and more.

Use Your Degree to Enter Exciting New Fields
Throughout business, government, and nonprofit organizations, there is a growing need for professionals with expertise in how media impacts human behavior. As a PhD, you become a source of new knowledge, able to produce original research that will influence the way people think and work. Our students are developing the skills and knowledge necessary for career and research options in a variety of fields including:
  • Academia
  • Entertainment
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofits
  • Political psychology
  • Public policy
  • Public relations
  • Software design and development
  • Social Media
  • Social psychology

If you have additional questions about this program, please contact us at 805-898-4026 or

Media Psychology is a non-clinical program and is not intended to provide the requirements for licensure.

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