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Fielding’s doctoral program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association. It is the only distributed learning program accredited by the APA. The Psychology PhD serves adults, many of whom who have trained or worked in the mental health field. Our unique distributed learning model blends the best of in-person learning opportunities with digital formats.

About the Clinical Psychology Program

Application requirements.

Earning your doctorate in Clinical Psychology includes online and in-person seminars, meetings with faculty and other students in your region, weeklong residential sessions, as well as research and clinical training experiences.

The unique mix of online and residential learning provides flexible opportunities for individuals with career, family, and community responsibilities to achieve their advanced educational goals. Faculty are active scholars and practitioners with a wide variety of expertise, making it possible to offer training in a variety of therapeutic orientations and specialized concentrations in some of the most exciting growth areas of psychology.

  • Conferred Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Online Application Form
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Critical Thinking Writing Sample
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcript
  • No GRE Required

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The Fielding Experience

  • Become a member of a dynamic and diverse community of colleagues
  • Interact with and learn from our expert faculty located all across the country
  • Attend monthly professional development seminar in your geographic area
  • Engage with alumni, faculty, and other students at sessions

Mission & Aims of the Program

Fielding’s APA accredited Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program is strongly aligned with the university’s mission to create a more humane, just, and sustainable world, and the university’s values that include academic excellence, community, diversity, and social justice.

Consistent with these values, a core mission of our program is to foster the inclusion of students from under-represented populations. These populations include students living in small communities, rural, or remote locations of the United States, students currently in the military or spouses of military members, adult learners with families, and students whose ongoing participation in their current communities cannot be halted for doctoral study elsewhere. These are student populations who are often unable to enter the field through preparation at a traditional university campus, yet these are the future psychologists for which the discipline and profession have expressed an urgent need.

In addition, our program aims to graduate entry-level scholar-practitioner psychologists who bring social justice values to their work as licensed health service professionals. Consistent with this overarching aim, we have four specific aims for our students, which must be achieved by the time of graduation.

  • Students will demonstrate doctoral-level discipline-specific knowledge that represents the scientific and theoretical knowledge areas of the discipline of psychology (i.e., history and systems of psychology and the affective, biological, cognitive, developmental, and social bases of behavior).
  • Students will demonstrate doctoral-level conceptualization, evaluation, analysis, and integration of discipline-specific knowledge across the curriculum.
  • Students will demonstrate doctoral-level ability to understand and critique research; design, conduct, analyze, and communicate theoretically informed research; and conduct research in a manner that is culturally sensitive and consistent with legal code and ethical standards, including the APA ethics code.
  • Students will demonstrate doctoral-level competence in the profession-wide competencies, including conducting an evidence-based diagnosis, assessment, and psychotherapy; and applying theory and research to develop case conceptualizations, treatment plans, and interventions that are consistent with legal and ethical standards and individual and cultural diversity factors.

Serving adults, many of whom have trained or worked in the mental health field, our unique distributed learning model blends the best of face-to-face learning opportunities with digital formats.

Faculty are active scholars and practitioners with a wide variety of expertise, which allows us to offer specialized concentrations and training in a variety of therapeutic orientations.

Geographic Eligibility

The program only considers applicants who reside in the contiguous United States and Canada. The program is not available to those residing internationally (except Canada). Applicants from Alaska and Hawaii may be considered pending confirmation of their ability and resources to attend local professional development seminars in contiguous U.S. on a regular basis, access to acceptable practicum training sites, and ability to relocate for internship. (Contact [email protected] to be put in touch with the Program Director for consideration prior to applying.)

Due to state licensing requirements, graduates of the program are not eligible for licensure in Oklahoma. For licensure information on your particular state of interest, please visit our Professional Licensure page [CLICK HERE].

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Clinical Psychology PhD

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The PhD in Clinical Psychology is an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited program, and also a program member of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP). The program adheres to the scientist/practitioner model of training, and requires a number of clinical and research practica in addition to an extensive course curriculum.

  • It is a four-year plus internship, full-time program.
  • It emphasizes a thorough preparation in theoretical psychology and methodology.
  • Theoretical foundations in personality and psychopathology are explored prior to behavioral and personality assessment.
  • Concurrent with the work in assessment, students begin study of the theory, research, and practice of psychotherapy.

The Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association can be contacted at:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation  American Psychological Association  750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002  Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail:  [email protected]   Web:  www.apa.org/ed/accreditation   

Admission requirements

This program is open to applications from those who hold an undergraduate degree in psychology or have taken the required number of psychology credits (18). The requirement of 18 undergraduate credits includes statistics and 15 additional credits, preferably introductory psychology, developmental psychology, experimental psychology, and social psychology.

Students are selected from a pool of academically qualified applicants who can contribute to the diversity of the student body. Students enrolled in the clinical psychology program come from diverse ethnic, cultural, individual and experiential backgrounds. Applications are encouraged from those identifying with cultural and/or individual areas of diversity, including (but not limited to) age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

Acceptance decisions are based on outstanding undergraduate and (where applicable) graduate academic performance, evidence of scholarly activity such as publications and paper presentations, prior work experience, the personal statement, and letters of recommendation. 

The deadline for application for admission to the PhD program is December 15, 2023.

NOTE: The FDU application fee for the 2023-2024 application cycle has been waived.

To apply to this program , complete an application through the psychology common application PSYCAS .

This application should be used only to apply for the PhD in Clinical Psychology. Your application to the PhD program will not be considered complete unless you submit the following through PSYCAS:

  • all official undergraduate and graduate transcripts,
  • three letters of recommendation,
  • a personal statement,
  • official GRE aptitude and psychology test score reports. The psychology GRE is optional for those who majored in psychology as an undergraduate or attained an advanced degree in psychology. 

Degree plan

1st semester.

  • PSYC6112      Clinical Research Methods & Psychometrics
  • PSYC6114      Psychopathology
  • PSYC6116      History & Systems
  • PSYC6118      Computer Application in Statistics Lab
  • PSYC6132      Developmental Issues in Clinical Psychology
  • PSYC6180      First-Year Clinical Practicum I

2nd Semester

  • PSYC6122      Personality Assessment
  • PSYC6133      Intellectual Assessment
  • PSYC6160      Teaching Seminar (1 credit)
  • PSYC6624      Introduction to Psychotherapy
  • PSYC6181      First-Year Clinical Practicum II: Ethics
  • PSYC7120      Diversity Issues in Clinical Psychology

3rd Semester

  • PSYC7110      Research Design & Analysis I
  • PSYC7113      Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • PSYC7121      Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • PSYC7180      Second-Year Clinical Practicum I
  • PSYC____     ASTCP_________

4th Semester

  • PSYC7111      Research Design & Analysis II
  • PSYC7125      Applied Social Psychology
  • PSYC7130      Biological Bases of Behavior
  • PSYC7181      Second-Year Clinical Practicum II
  • PSYC____     ASTCP______________

5th Semester

  • PSYC7133      Learning, Cognition, and Emotion
  • PSYC8129      Psychopharmacology
  • PSYC8180      Third-Year Clinical Practicum I

6th Semester

  • PSYC9124      Advanced Research Seminar (1 credit)
  • PSYC9138      Professional Development
  • PSYC8181      Third-Year Clinical Practicum II

ASTCP (4 REQUIRED)

ADV PSYCHODYNAMIC (2 nd , 3 rd years) SPRING.

CHILD CLINICAL (offered every other year; alternates with Family; open to 2 nd ,3 rd years)

FAMILY THERAPY (2 nd ,3 rd years)

CLINICAL CASE (3 rd year) SPRING

NEUROPSYCH (Fall every odd year; open to 2 nd ,3 rd years)

ADVANCED PERSONALITY ASSESSMENT (Fall, every other even year, open to 2 nd , 3 rd years)

ADVANCED CBT (open to 2 nd , 3 rd years)

Advanced special topics in clinical psychology, 4 required

A class will run if there are sufficient enrollment numbers to support it.

  • PSYC8114      Neuropsychology (offered even years in the fall; open to second- and third-year students)
  • PSYC9160      Advanced Personality Assessment (offered odd years in the fall; open to second- and third- year students)
  • PSYC8127      Clinical Child Psychology (offered  odd years  in the spring; open to second- and third- year students)
  • PSYC8145      Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (offered in the fall; open to third-year students only)
  • PSYC9143      Advanced Psychodynamic Therapy (offered in the spring; open to third-year students only)
  • PSYC9145      Seminar in Clinical Psychology (offered in the spring; open to third-year students only)
  • PSYC9123 Family Therapy (offered even years in the spring; open to second- and third- year students)

Additional optional coursework and independent studies

  • PSYC9112      Dissertation Maintenance (summer)
  • PSYC9113      Internship Maintenance (summer)
  • PSYC9116      Research Maintenance (summer)
  • PSYC9180      4th Year Practicum I (fall)
  • PSYC9181      4th Year Practicum II (spring)
  • PSYC9280      5th Year Clinical Practicum I (fall)
  • PSYC9281      5th Year Practicum II (spring)
  • PSYC9800      Independent Study

Special requirements

  • First Year Research Practicum
  • First Year Clinical Practicum
  • Second Year Research practicum
  • Second Year Clinical practicum
  • Second Year Project
  • Third Year Research practicum
  • Third Year Clinical practicum
  • Teaching Requirement
  • Dissertation Accepted
  • Qualifying Examination
  • Comprehensive Examination

Internship and dissertation

Students are required to apply for internship via the national match system offered by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and participate in an approved internship. The internship may begin after the student has completed the courses listed under the first six semesters, completed the second year research project, passed the comprehensive examinations, and successfully defended the dissertation proposal. Typically, the dissertation is completed in the fourth year and the internship in the fifth year.

Evaluations

Ongoing annual evaluations of students will be conducted by the faculty using information submitted by practicum site supervisors, course instructors, and research mentors. Students will meet with the Program Director to receive feedback concerning these evaluations.

Research practicum

All first-, second- and third-year students participate in a research practicum of ongoing projects supervised by doctoral faculty members. The practicum requires approximately 8-10 hours a week. Research projects frequently culminate in the publication of articles in psychological journals and paper and poster presentations at various professional meetings, with students in the doctoral program participating as authors and presenters.

Forensic Track

An optional add-on forensic track is available to students in the Ph.D. program who fulfill the following additional requirements:

  • Completion of at least one of the required clinical practicums at any point after the first year. This requirement can be satisfied through an NYNJDOT approved externship or similar placement meeting requirements of the track.
  • Completion of at least two additional courses: PSYC7230 Forensic Assessment and Prediction and PSYC7235 Evaluating Criminal Responsibility and Competency.
  • Completion of a dissertation on a forensic topic.

It should be noted that research opportunities in forensic psychology are available.

Forensic track courses may incur additional fees if they increase a student’s credit load for a given semester above the allowable flat fee level of 16.5 credits.

Students coming into the program without a Master’s degree may incur additional fees for the two courses mentioned above since they are above and beyond the required courses for the clinical doctoral program.

Completion of the forensic track will be noted on the student’s transcript.

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  • Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital; Hartford, CT
  • NYU Lagone Medical Center (Rusk Inst of Rehab Medicine); NY, NY
  • Hudson River Regional Psychology; Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Trinitas Regional Medical Center; Elizabeth, NJ
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine—Montefiore Medical Center; Bronx, NY
  • Maimonides Medical Center; Brooklyn, NY
  • Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility; Roosevelt Island, NY
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  • Westchester Jewish Community Services, Inc.; White Plains, NY
  • Veterans Affairs New Jersey Health Care System; Lyons, NJ
  • Hudson River Regional Psychology Internship Program; Poughkeepsie, NY
  • UMDNJ UBHCN (Child Track); Newark, NJ
  • Mercy First; Syosset, NY
  • University of New Mexico School of Medicine (Neuropsychology); Albuquerque, NM
  • University of Massachusetts Center for Counseling and Psychological Health; Amherst, MA
  • Columbia University Medical Center (child track); NY, NY
  • Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology (General Geriatric Neuropsych); Boston, MA
  • Association for the Help of Retarded Children Dept of Family and Clinical Services; NY, NY
  • VA NY Harbor Health Care System—Brooklyn Campus; Brooklyn, NY
  • US Dept of Justice Metropolitan Detention Center; Los Angeles, CA
  • Lenox Hill Hospital; NY, NY
  • Children’s National Medical Center; Washington, DC
  • University of Florida Health Science Center; Gainesville, FL
  • Mount Sinai Services; Elmhurst, NY
  • Yale University School of Medicine; New Haven, CT
  • Queens Children’s Psychiatric Center; Bellerose, NY
  • VAMC—North Chicago; North Chicago, IL
  • Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital’s Mental Health Network (Adult Track); Hartford, CT
  • Temple University Health Sciences Center; Philadelphia, PA
  • Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital; Morris Plains, NJ
  • Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital’s Mental Health Network (Child/Adol Track); Hartford, CT
  • Charleston Consortium Psychology Internship Program; Charleston, SC
  • Interfaith Medical Center; Brooklyn, NY
  • UCSD Psychology Internship Consortium/Veterans Affairs; San Diego, CA
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Denver; Denver, CO
  • Columbia University Medical Center; NY, NY
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center; NY, NY
  • Univ. of S. Carolina, Counseling & Human Development Center; Columbia, SC
  • VA Maryland Health Care System (Neuropsych); Baltimore, MD
  • Astor Services for Children and Families; Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, Inc.; NY, NY
  • VA Hudson Valley Healthcare System—Montrose Campus; Montrose, NY
  • Kings County Hospital Center (Adult Track); Brooklyn, NY
  • Jewish Child Care Association of NY; Pleasantville, NY
  • Louis Stokes Cleveland DVA Medical Center; Cleveland, OH
  • NYU—Bellevue Hospital Center Clinical Psych.; NY, NY
  • American Institute for Cognitive Therapy; NY, NY
  • Behavior Therapy Associates; Somerset, NJ
  • Bellevue Hospital Center; NY, NY
  • Bergen County Division fo Family Guidance – Forensic Unit; Hackensack, NJ
  • Beth Israel Medical Center; NY, NY
  • Bronx Children’s Psychiatric Center; Bronx, NY
  • Center for Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy; NY, NY
  • Children’s Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CCPEP); NY, NY
  • City College CUNY; NY, NY
  • Columbia University Medical Center Neuropsychology Service; NY, NY
  • Columbia-Presbyterian’s Children’s Hospital; NY, NY
  • Community Mental Health Services, St. Marys Hospital; Hoboken, NJ
  • Henry Ittleson Center; Bronx, NY
  • Hoboken University Medical Center; Hoboken, NJ
  • Holliswood Hospital; Holliswood, NY
  • Jacobi Medical Center; Bronx, NY
  • Jamaica Hospital Medical Center; Jamaica, NY
  • Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services (JBFCS); Douglaston, NY
  • Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services (JBFCS); Riverdale, NY
  • JFK Medical Center-The Center for Behavioral Health; Edison, NJ
  • Karen Horney Clinic; NY, NY
  • Kings County Hospital Center; Brooklyn, NY
  • Mt. Sinai Adult Inpatient Unit; NY, NY
  • Mt. Sinai Child & Family Support Program; NY, NY
  • Mt. Sinai Eating and Weight Disorders Program; NY, NY
  • Mt. Sinai Medical Center Department of Neurology; NY, NY
  • Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Dept of Rehabilitation Medicine; NY, NY
  • Mt. Sinai Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Treatment Center; NY, NY
  • Nassau University Medical Center; East Meadow, NY
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College – Manhattan Division; NY, NY
  • North Central Bronx Hospital; Bronx, NY
  • South Beach Psychiatric Center; Staten Island, NY
  • St. Barnabas Hospital; Bronx, NY
  • St. Dominics Home; Bronx, NY
  • St. Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospitals; NY, NY
  • Staten Island University Hospital; Staten Island, NJ
  • The Addiction Institute of New York; NY, NY
  • The Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers; Piscataway, NJ
  • William Paterson University – Counseling Center; Wayne, NJ
  • Yale Young Adult Services; New Haven, CT
  • YCS Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental health; East Orange, NJ
  • Youth Development Clinic; Newark, NJ
  • Barnard College Furman Counseling; NY, NY
  • Behavioral Associates; NY, NY
  • Connecticut Children’s Medical Center School; Wethersfield, CT
  • Division of Family Guidance; Hackensack, NJ
  • Elmhurst Hospital Center – Mt. Sinai Services; Elmhurst, NY
  • Essex County Hospital Center; Cedar Grove, NJ
  • Fay J Linder Center for Autism; Long Island, NY
  • FDU Center for Psychological Services – Assessment emphasis; Hackensack, NJ
  • FDU Center for Psychological Services – Therapy emphasis; Hackensack, NJ
  • Four Winds Hospital; Katonah, NY
  • Hackensack Univ. Medical Center, Audrey Hepburn’s Children’s House; Hackensack, NJ
  • Hackensack University Medical Center; Hackensack, NJ
  • Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center; Ward’s Island, NY
  • Leake and Watts Services, Inc.; Yonkers, NY
  • Lincoln Hospital; Bronx, NY
  • Long Island Jewish Medical Center, The Zucker Hillside Hospital; North Shore, Long Island NY
  • Manhattan Psychiatric Center; Randall’s Island, NY
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering; NY, NY
  • Metropolitan Correctional Center; NY, NY
  • Montclair State University Counseling Center; Montclair, NJ
  • Montefiore Medical Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Bronx, NY
  • Northeast Epilepsy group; NY, NY & Hackensack, NJ
  • NYSPI at Columbia Presbyterian; NY, NY
  • NYU Child Study Center; Hackensack, NJ
  • NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center; NY, NY
  • NYU Counseling Center; NY, NY
  • Phipps Community Development Corporation; Bronx, NY
  • Princeton House Behavioral Health; Princeton, NJ
  • Queens Hospital Center; Jamaica, Queens
  • Regional Diagnostic &Treatment Center at Children’s Hospital of NJ; Newark, NJ
  • Rehabilitation Specialists; Fair Lawn, NJ
  • Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center; Orangeburg, NY
  • Seton Hall University – Counseling Services; South Orange, NJ
  • The Women’s Health Project Treatment and Research Center – St Luke’s Hosp.; NY, NY
  • Tomorrow’s Children Institute at Hackensack Hospital; Hackensack, NJ
  • Trinitas Hospital Child and Adolescent Outpatient Unit; Elizabeth, NJ
  • Uconn; Farmington, CT
  • UMDNJ-UBHC; Piscataway, NJ
  • Washington Heights Community Center at Columbia-Presbyterian/NYSPI; NY, NY
  • Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital, White Plains, NY
  • Westchester Jewish Community Services; Hartsdale, NY

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PhD in Clinical Psychology

Program overview.

The mission of the PhD Program in Clinical Psychology at Montclair State University is to prepare students to become competent and highly skilled in the research and practice of clinical psychology, including the championing of equity, diversity, and inclusion. In emphasizing the integration of science and practice, the program adheres to a training approach consistent with the scientist-practitioner model, and strives for an accessible, equitable, and inclusive synthesis that is promotive of human rights, fairness, and dignity for all people. Students can seek advanced training in clinical child psychology or forensic psychology. Please see the Training Philosophy page for additional information about the program’s model of training.

To learn more about the program, please visit pages providing information about Admissions Requirements , Degree Requirements , Program Faculty, Current Students , Alumni , Student Leaders , Student Successes , and Field Placements .

APA Accreditation

The PhD Program in Clinical Psychology is accredited, on contingency, by the American Psychological Association (APA), with an initial date of accreditation of April 5, 2020. The program is accredited, on contingency, through April 5, 2025. Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone: 202-336-5979 / E-mail: [email protected] Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

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Detailed information about the PhD Program in Clinical Psychology can be found in the Program Handbook .

If you have any questions about the program, please email the Director of Clinical Training (DCT), Dr. Christopher King , or the Psychology Department’s Coordinator for Graduate Student Advancement, Ms. Jen Wilenta , at [email protected] .

Many of the program’s activities take place in two buildings. The first is Dickson Hall , the home of the Psychology Department and research labs for many of the faculty who train students in the program. The second is the Montclair State University Center for Clinical Services (CCS), which opened in January 2016 and serves as a clinical training facility and resource for our students, being the home of the department’s clinic. CCS features classrooms, research labs, and 24 assessment/treatment rooms with state-of-the-art technology that allow faculty and students to directly observe real and simulated sessions in real time and record them for feedback and supervision.

The PhD Program in Clinical Psychology makes every effort to fund all students through their first four years of study, unless otherwise agreed to at the time of admission. Support is provided through doctoral fellowships, teaching assistantships, graduate assistantships, grants, and clinical or research contracts and fellowships. Please see the Financial Support section for additional information about funding opportunities for students.

Department of Psychology

College of humanities and sciences, ph.d. in clinical psychology.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology offered by VCU is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

The program follows the scientist-practitioner model and operates within a biopsychosocial perspective. Our goal is to train clinical psychologists in scientific principles and evidence-based theoretical models to guide the study and treatment of psychopathology for diverse groups of individuals.

Students are admitted only for full-time study toward the doctoral degree. Requirements include coursework in clinical and basic psychology, statistics and research methods, an empirical master's thesis and dissertation, at least three years of clinical practicum, and an APA-approved pre-doctoral internship. Most students spend at least five years on campus and complete their internship in their sixth year.

Concentrations

Upon admission to the program, each student is assigned a faculty member who serves as academic mentor. This student-professor pairing is based on a student’s stated interests and a faculty member’s specialty areas. Each student also is aligned with one of the two concentrations:

Behavioral Medicine

This concentration emphasizes training in clinical health psychology, prevention, program development, consultation and health promotion.

Clinical Child

This concentration focuses on developmental psychopathology and treatment of underserved youth in schools and community settings.

Practicum and Internship

Students are required to participate in at least three years of clinical practicum, including supervision by clinical faculty in an in-house psychology clinic. Beginning in the fourth year of the program, students spend 12-20 hours per week at a practicum site in the greater Richmond community. One year of off-campus practicum is required, but students may choose to add an additional year. See recent practicum placements .

In the final year of the program, students participate in a year-long internship experience. Internship is designed to enhance students' clinical skills and prepare them for work as a psychologist. See recent internship placements .

History and Accreditation

In 1971, the State Council of Higher Education approved VCU's doctoral program and the Clinical Program subsequently graduated its first doctoral student in 1975. In the same year, the  APA Committee on Accreditation  granted full approval to the clinical doctoral program, and the program has maintained fully accredited status since that time. The program was admitted to the  Academy of Psychological Clinical Science  in 1995 and is a member of the  Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Programs .

The clinical program presently has 50-55 students at various levels of training, which accounts for more than one third of the total departmental graduate student enrollment. Since 1975, we have graduated over 285 Ph.D.s in clinical psychology who have taken faculty, staff, administrative or practitioner positions in psychology programs housed in university departments and medical schools, community mental health centers, clinics, hospitals, prisons, private practice and state departments of mental health.

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The UM Clinical Program trains its graduates to be scientists and practitioners, with a strong emphasis on clinical science.

The Clinical Program is a founding member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science (https://www.acadpsychclinicalscience.org). In addition, the clinical program abides by the American Psychological Association (APA) standards and principles for accreditation.

The PhD program in Clinical Psychology is currently APA-accredited and has been APA-accredited since 1966.

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The Clinical Program emphasizes the integration of science and practice. It prepares students to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field and to the practice of clinical psychology. In addition to broad and general training in clinical psychology, the UM Clinical Program provides training in four substantive areas of focus: adult clinical, clinical child, pediatric health, and health clinical psychology. As such, the UM Clinical Psychology Program cuts across the department divisions, as indicated below.

To facilitate the clinical-science training component, the Clinical Program uses a "mentor model" for research training. Applicants are admitted to the program based in part on their "match" with the specific research interests of a faculty mentor. Mentors closely supervise the research activities of the students working in their labs.

Applicants to the UM Clinical Program should identify the specific program area and the specific faculty mentor(s) of interest in their application materials.

Our philosophy on diversity informs our policies for recruitment, retention, and development of faculty, staff, and students, and is embodied in our curriculum and field placements. The UM Psychology department values and celebrates cultural diversity of all kinds, including but not limited to differences in race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, language, nationality, immigration status, socioeconomic status, religion, age, and ability level. Our Diversity and Equity Committee , comprised of faculty, staff, and students, meets monthly and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to diversity through initiatives such as the Our Stories Series, our Annual Multicultural Potluck and Award Celebration, faculty trainings, speaker series, and student town hall meetings. Research activities, coursework, clinical training, and community events promote open dialogues about issues of diversity, equity, and inclusivity. As Miami is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse metropolitan areas in the country, our clinical practica further enhances our students’ development into culturally competent practitioners, clinicians, and researchers.

The UM Clinical Program meets the requirements for licensure as a psychologist in the state of Florida.  We have not confirmed the licensing requirements of other states, although our graduates have become licensed in many states outside of Florida.  For more information about various states’ licensing requirements, please go to the website for the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards ( www.asppb.net ).

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The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of Maryland has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1963 and by the  Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) since 2017. Our program emphasizes the integration of research and clinical practice and follows the Clinical Scientist training model. In line with this training model, the program is a member of the  Academy of Psychological Clinical Science . The program prepares clinical psychologists who are well versed in the scientific method of inquiry and skilled in the development, implementation, and dissemination of empirically supported treatments to remediate psychological problems. Our program seeks to understand human behavior (both adaptation and maladaptation) across the lifespan and thus provides clinical training in both child/ adolescent and adult assessment and intervention. Our program is a member of the Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology Training Council (CCaPPTC) . The purpose of CCaPPTC is to promote the advancement of graduate and postgraduate education and training within the fields of clinical child and adolescent psychology and pediatric psychology. 

Our program is based on a mentorship model where students receive a rigorous research training experience, emphasizing the use of research findings to further our understanding of clinical phenomena and for the development of clinical interventions. Clinical activities are well integrated with research and involve a broad range of experiences across diverse populations, settings, and treatment modalities. Across all aspects of training, the program values the diversity of culture, lifestyle, and orientation in its students and faculty.

Graduate students from our program are extremely accomplished, publishing and presenting their work and competing successfully for prestigious training fellowships and other awards. Our students develop outstanding clinical skills and are matched to highly desirable clinical internship placements. Upon graduation, our students obtain sought-after academic faculty and research scientist appointments, clinical positions in a range of unique and challenging settings, and administrative and policy posts that shape our field. If you have any questions, you may contact: PsycPhD [at] umd.edu . 

Questions related to the program’s APA and PCSAS accredited status should be directed to the following:

     Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation      American Psychological Association      750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002      Phone: (202) 336-5979 / Email:  apaaccred [at] apa.org      Web:  www.apa.org/ed/accreditation  

     Alan G. Kraut, Executive Director      Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS)      1800 Massachusetts Ave NW · Suite 402 ·      Washington, DC 20036-1218        http://www.pcsas.org/       AKraut [at] PCSAS.org      Ph: (301) 455-8046

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Using the scientist-practitioner model, the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology blends clinical training with innovative research. This program is normally completed in six years. As part of our commitment to deep theological integration, you will also earn a master's degree in one of the following: theology, theology and ministry, intercultural studies, or divinity.

Fuller ranked highest among Christian Integrative Clinical Psychology Programs by US News and World Report 2022

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Fuller is thrilled to announce that the American Psychological Association (APA), the accrediting body for our psychology programs, has granted Fuller’s PhD and PsyD clinical programs accreditation for 10 years.…

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Admissions Requirements

To be considered for the PhD in Clinical Psychology, applicants must submit an online application, essay responses, a CV, four recommendations, official transcripts from a bachelor's degree, and sufficiently completed psychology coursework in preparation for a doctoral program. Find specific requirements here.

Admission Deadlines

Online application opens August 1 Early application and file completion deadline: November 1 Please note, the $50 application fee will be waived if you submit the application online by November 1. Final application and file completion deadline: December 1  

You can find additional information regarding deadlines and interview dates here .

Tuition and Affordability

The full tuition for Fuller’s PhD in Clinical Psychology degree can be found here . Attending this program is an investment in your future. Learn more about the kinds of support available to you to potentially offset this cost below, or by visiting the Paying for Grad School page or searching for scholarships here .

Scholarships and Fellowships

If eligible, PhD students may receive a need-based scholarship covering up to 15% of tuition as well as federal loans. A variety of merit-based scholarships are also available, ranging from $1,000 to $45,000. Incoming students must apply for need-based aid, but will automatically be considered for merit scholarships based on their application for admission. Returning students have the opportunity to apply for additional merit-based scholarships in each subsequent academic year.

Transfer Policy

Applicants to the PhD program may have already completed a master's degree (or related courses) in clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy, theology, or another closely associated degree. Requests to transfer these degrees and/or courses for credit toward the PhD will be evaluated on an individual basis. These transfer requests must be petitioned after matriculation. The sole exception is that requests that may affect Fall Quarter course enrollment may be addressed by contacting the Assistant Director of Academic Advising prior to matriculation.

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Accreditation

The PhD in Clinical Psychology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone: (202) 336-5979 / Email: [email protected]

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Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

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"While at Fuller I have had my worldview widened and my identity deepened—as a Christian, academic, and therapist. I have felt supported by faculty and my cohort, making the challenges of a doctoral program rewarding and transformative. I'm thankful to know that when I graduate, I will be not only professionally qualified but personally equipped to venture into an increasingly complex and wounded world." – Emily Hauck, PhD Clinical Graduate

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Integration of Psychology and Theology

No other PhD program does integration like Fuller. Students learn how to integrate theology with psychology through courses and training led by experts in integrative thought and practice. As part of our PhD program students also obtain an MA in Theology, MA in Theology and Ministry, MA in Intercultural Studies, or Master of Divinity, learning from world-class theologians in Fuller’s School of Mission and Theology.

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MASTER’S REQUIREMENTS

PhD students must register for eight units of master’s research, culminating in a master’s project—an empirical research project completed under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Students may register for units in conjunction with participation in research teams.

Dissertation Requirements

PhD students must complete a dissertation that (1) is an original scholarly work (not based on previous work) completed by the student under the supervision and guidance of the student’s dissertation chair and committee, and (2) demonstrates the student’s abilities to use research literature and a sound scholarly process to analyze, evaluate, and/or provide new information relevant to the practice of psychology.

RESEARCH LABS

Each PhD student participates in a research lab where they work cooperatively with a faculty member to complete their master’s project and dissertation. Labs also provide opportunities for research mentorship, professional and career development, and peer interaction. Visit the Travis Research Institute or our faculty members’ bio pages to learn more about their current areas of research.

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In the PhD in Clinical Psychology program, students are awarded a Master of Arts in Psychology after completing 88 selected units. Coursework for both degrees is divided into the following categories:

Click here for a detailed, year-by-year curriculum.

Customize your degree program to your career goals by choosing from two tracks: Neuropsychology or Culture and Community.

The Neuropsychology Track emphasizes coursework in topics including neuropsychology, pharmapsychology, and physiological psychology, and provides clinical training and research experiences in the area of neuropsychology.

The Culture and Community Track emphasizes in-depth coursework, cultural training experiences, and research opportunities addressing particular ethnocultural and community groups.

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You will see client actors for at least ten sessions, using person-centered therapy interventions. These sessions are videotaped and reviewed with your supervisor weekly. You will also attend class weekly to cultivate introductory psychotherapy skills. This training experience is overseen by two faculty members working closely with our director of clinical training and the chairs of both the PsyD and PhD programs.

We will match you to one of our 70+ training sites throughout the greater Los Angeles area, where you will complete a nine-month supervised practicum. You will spend approximately ten hours a week working directly with clients and receiving related training and supervision. In addition, you will be assigned to a Fuller consultation group where you will develop and practice skills in integrating theology and clinical practice.

We will work closely with you to locate a nine-month practicum training experience at one of our 70+ training sites. During this training year you can anticipate spending approximately 12 hours a week at your practicum placement. In this placement you will work with appropriately complex cases and further develop your clinical skills in a setting of your choosing. At this level of training you will be supervised only by a licensed psychologist.

We will help you select a 12-month clerkship training placement from one of our partners. In this training year you will get clinical assessment experience in order to enhance your assessment skill; receive an introduction to an array of current clinical psychodiagnostic methods and tests; and develop and demonstrate excellence in synthesizing all of the data generated by clinical interviews, psycho-diagnostic testing, and any relevant research into a comprehensive report. This placement is approximately 12 hours per week.

We will work closely with you to select a 12-month pre-internship training placement from one of our partners. The goal of this training year is to provide a combination of clinical and assessment training opportunities that are appropriately challenging and complex with regard to clients’ presenting concerns and the types of interventions used.

You will complete a one-year internship at an APA-accredited internship site.

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The Fuller Symposium on the Integration of Psychology and Theology is the annual conference held by the School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy.

Competencies

All students who complete their doctoral training at Fuller’s School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy will develop certain competencies as part of their preparation for practice in health service psychology. The emphasis placed within each competency area will differ, however, depending upon whether one pursues a PhD or a PsyD. Read more about the Program Aims and Competencies .

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My family and I came to Fuller in 2019 from Michigan so that my husband could pursue his MDIV. Throughout those years, I fell in love with Fuller; the multicultural experience of just living in Fuller Housing, and felt personally drawn toward the School of Psychology. In 2022 I applied and was accepted into the Marriage and Family Therapy Program where I am currently a student. The program has been personally life-changing. Since my studies began, I have become a better wife, mother, and friend. The faculty is rich with knowledge and care as they excellently prepare us for future clinical work as well as beautifully integrate theology and psychology throughout the program. Now, as an admissions counselor, I have the unique opportunity to assist individuals in the process of applying to SOPMFT programs as well. It is a profound honor for me to be able to walk alongside individuals as they navigate the possibilities of how Fuller can be the catalyst for what God has created them for and ultimately affect positive change for the world.

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Clinical psychology is the psychological specialty that provides continuing and comprehensive mental and behavioral health care for individuals and families; consultation to agencies and communities; training, education and supervision; and research-based practice.

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Degree Awarded: Psychology, PhD

There are multiple training models in Clinical Psychology (Scientist-Practitioner, Practitioner-Scholar, Clinical Science) and these models reflect the relative focus on research and clinical training. The Clinical Psychology Program at ASU adheres to the Clinical Science training model, which is the most research focused. Thus, although students in our program receive excellent clinical training, the focus is on producing Clinical Scientists who will work in setting that take full advantage of their research as well as clinical skills (e.g., Academia, Medical Centers, VA Hospitals). 

Our mission is to prepare students for professional careers in a variety of settings where they engage in research, teaching, or clinical supervision; and who make contributions to clinical science by disseminating research findings and scholarship. Within this general mission of providing high-quality, science-based training, we strive to prepare a significant number of graduates who establish careers in academia and research institutes where they have primary responsibilities for conducting research that advances clinical science and for teaching new generations of clinical scientists. 

The success of our students in meeting program goals is evident based on a) the high rate of students matching in APA accredited internships (40 of 40; 100% in the past 7 years), b) our recent graduates’ success in passing the national licensing exam (100% based on publicly available data from ASPPB), and the high percentage of our recent graduates who have obtained licensure (39 of 44; 88.6% of our recent graduates who are 5 or more years beyond graduation). Although we continue to emphasize high quality clinical training and strongly believe in the reciprocal nature of research and clinical training, we identify with the “Clinical Science” training model based on the long-term goals of our program which are primarily to train clinical scientists rather than individuals who elect to work as full-time practitioners. Outcomes of our alumni survey (students at least five years post-graduation) provide support for our success in achieving Clinical Science outcomes, with 40 of 44 (90.9%) making scholarly/research contributions since graduation from our program.

Our data on graduates from the past 10 years show diversity in their professional activities that is consistent with our clinical science training and special emphases that can be acquired at ASU.  Among those beyond postdoctoral training (n = 54), 40.7% are in academic settings, 33.3% are in clinical or combined research and clinical positions in medical schools/centers, VA hospitals, or other hospital settings, 22.2% are in other practice environments such as mental health centers or private practices, and 3.7% are in government settings (e.g., public health, DoD). These data suggest that our training leads to career trajectories that are consistent with the program’s philosophy and goals.

The Psychology PhD program in the clinical psychology training area is:

  • based upon a clinical science model of training;
  • fully accredited  by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS);
  • a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science;
  • a PhD (doctoral) program only;
  • designed so that students who were admitted with a bachelor’s degree can finish the requirements in six years including a one-year, full-time internship;
  • organized to allow students to begin practicum training in the program’s second year;
  • best able to serve the educational needs of students with deep interests in empirical research; and
  • highly competitive — in the last several years we have admitted between 3 and 10 new students per year from a pool of 200 to 300 applicants.

IMPORTANT: To be considered for this PhD program, you must complete the application through ASU's online portal AND submit your material through  Slideroom

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Focus Areas

The Clinical Training Program has three areas of emphases in which students may elect to participate:  health psychology ,  child clinical psychology,  and  community/prevention .

Thus, the descriptions that follow are designed to give you an idea of the available curricular choices.

Child Clinical Area of Emphasis

The child clinical area of emphasis provides training in the etiology, assessment, treatment and prevention of childhood disorders. A major focus is on the prevention of child mental health problems among children and families under stress. Thus, most of our child clinical faculty also participate in our community-prevention area of emphasis. Table of Child Clinical Faculty. 

Health Psychology Area of Emphasis

Clinical students with interests centering on the interface of psychology and medicine may select Health Psychology as an area of emphasis. In our program, health psychology is broadly interpreted to encompass the theoretical, methodological, and/or procedural (treatment and prevention) contributions from contemporary psychology that bear upon the existing and emerging problems of modern medicine.  Table of Health Psychology Faculty.

Community/Prevention Area of Emphasis

We define the Community/Preventive area of emphasis to include theory, research methods, and interventions that are designed to prevent the occurrence of mental health, substance use or other problems, and to promote healthy adaptation in a range of social environments. Students study theoretical issues such as the influence of stress and coping, family processes, acculturation and cross-cultural issues, neighborhood influences, and economic hardship on the development of mental health or substance abuse problems. Students also become involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of preventive interventions to promote healthy adaptation for children in a range of high-risk situations. Foci of preventive interventions include children of divorce, inner-city ethnic minority children, bereaved children, and school-based programs.  Table of Community/Prevention Clinical Faculty. 

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

The Psychology Doctoral Program at Arizona State University embraces the University’s charter encouraging diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our program.  We strive to create a community that reflects and celebrates the diversity of society-at-large because we believe it is essential to attaining academic excellence, professional development, and personal growth. To that end, we are dedicated to training early career scientists from diverse backgrounds, and we encourage applications from students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the sciences, including but not limited to BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, first generation college students, and those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

Coursework for the doctoral program is to some extent, determined by APA requirements. For more detailed information about the program's curriculum and milestones or to see a sample schedule, students should view the current Clinical Student Handbook. Once admitted, we require students to be continuously enrolled full-time, excluding summer sessions, until all degree requirements have been met.

A minimum of 84 hours is required. 

Courses and electives

The coursework for each student is individualized and based upon the student's previous training, research goals and mentor. All students are required to complete 27 credit hours of core courses that cover the scientific and technical foundations of clinical psychology. Students will also choose elective courses that more closely align to their specific focus area. In order to satisfy program accreditation, students will take one course in biological bases of behavior, social bases of behavior, cognitive bases of behavior, affective bases of behavior and in human development. Additional requirements include two ATM courses are required which involve integrated science-professional training and are taught by departmental faculty in timely and specific clinical and community modalities.

At a Glance

  • Location:  Tempe campus
  • Second Language Requirement:  No

Degree Requirements

The 84-hour program of study includes a written comprehensive exam, an oral comprehensive, a prospectus and a dissertation. Prospective doctoral candidates should have a passion and interest in clinical psychology, have demonstrated research skills in a senior thesis, have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA.

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Admission Requirements

Our selection of new doctoral students is based on several factors:

  • academic excellence;
  • strong undergraduate preparation in psychology;
  • experience in conducting psychological research;
  • compatibility with research interests of our faculty;
  • evidence of strong research skills; and
  • personal characteristics that are suitable for teaching and the provision of psychological services to the public.

In addition to significant research experience, successful applicants should have an undergraduate grade point average of B+ or better and compelling letters of recommendation. Specific information about application procedures can be found on the  doctoral admissions  pages.

We also seek a balance of students who have interests in our three research emphases: child clinical, health, and community/prevention. It has been our experience that most of our students will choose one of the three specialty areas which represent domains of faculty interest as well as clinical or preventive specialties for which an employment demand now exists. However, specialization is not a program requirement. Some students might begin a particular emphasis but later decide to move in a different direction. 

Required Core Content (27 units)

Required Core Courses:  Courses covering the scientific and technical foundations of clinical psychology, as well as clinical practica include:

  • PSY 530 Analysis of Variance (Intermediate Statistics)
  • PSY 531 Multiple Regression
  • PSY 573 Psychopathology
  • PSY 578 Developmental Psychopathology (required for child emphasis only)
  • PSY 600 Clinical Research Methods
  • PSY 574/591  Psychotherapy or Child and Family Therapy
  • PSY 780  Psychological Assessment or Assessment Advanced Treatment Methods (ATM)
  • PSY 591 Clinical Interviewing and Ethics
  • Practicum I and II 

Electives (6-27 units)

Electives:  Various courses, seminars, and practica of the students’ choosing are included in this category and are used to satisfy additional program requirements.

Required Accreditation Courses (6-27 credit hours)

In order to satisfy requirements for program accreditation, students are also required to take at least one course each in:

  • Biological Bases of Behavior:  PSY 591 Psychopharmacology  or  PSY 591 Biological Bases of Behavior  or  PSY 591 Advanced Neurobiology of Cognition
  • Social Bases of Behavior:   PSY 550 Advanced Social Psychology: Interpersonal Processes  or  PSY 551 Advanced Social Psychology: Intrapersonal Processes
  • Cognitive Bases of Behavior:   PSY 535 Cognitive Processes  or  PSY 591 Embodied Cognition  or  PSY 541 Research in Cognitive Development.*
  • Affective Bases of Behavior:   PSY 591 Emotions  or  PSY 542 Social Emotional Development*  or  PSY 591 Emotional Development*  or  PSY 591 Emotions, Stress and Health  or  PSY 598 Socio-emotional Development
  • Human Development:  PSY 541 Research in Cognitive Development*  or  PSY 542 Social Emotional Development*  or  PSY 591 Emotional Development*  or  PSY 591 Children’s Peer Relationships  or  PSY 591Resilience Processes in Development  or  PSY 598 Developmental Transitions.

*PSY 542 and PSY 591 can only be used to either fulfill the Affective Bases of behavior requirement OR to fulfill the Human Development requirement. PSY 541 can only be used to fulfill the Cognitive Bases of behavior requirement OR the Human Development requirement.

  • History and Systems:  PSY 591 History of Psychology  or  PSY 591 Clinical Issues Seminar: History and Systems of Psychology

Substantive Curriculum (6-27 credit hours)

Other Course Requirements:  Two ATM courses are required which involve integrated science-professional training and are taught by departmental faculty in timely and specific clinical and community modalities.

  • PSY 780  All topics listed as ATMs in Psychology.  The Assessment ATM also meets the requirement for Psychological Assessment
  • PSY 501  Supervised Teaching (can count for 1 of 2 ATMs)

Master's Thesis and Research (12 credit hours) - For Master's in passing

<ul>     <li><strong>PSY 592 - Master's Research (6 credit hours)</strong><br />     Independent study in which a student, under the supervision of a faculty member, conducts research that is expected to lead to a specific project such as a thesis or dissertation, report, or publication. Assignments might include data collection, experimental work, data analysis, or preparation of a manuscript</li>     <li><strong>PSY 599 - Master's Thesis (6 credit hours)</strong><br />     Supervised research focused on preparation of thesis, including literature review, research, data collection and analysis, and writing.</li> </ul>  

Dissertation and Research (18 credit hours)

  • PSY 792 Dissertation Research (6 credit hours) Independent study in which a student, under the supervision of a faculty member, conducts research that is expected to lead to a specific project such as a dissertation, report, or publication. Assignments might include data collection, experimental work, data analysis, or preparation of a manuscript.
  • PSY 799 Dissertation (12 Credit Hours) Supervised research focused on preparation of dissertation, including literature review, research, data collection and analysis, and writing.

Sample Schedule: General

Listed below is a sample schedule. Note that, although we outline a five-year sequence in which the degree can be completed, most students finish the degree in six years including internship.

Sample Schedule: Clinical Child Emphasis

SAMPLE SCHEDULE:  CHILD CLINICAL EMPHASIS

Listed below is a sample schedule for students who chose a child clinical emphasis. Note that, although we outline a five-year sequence in which the degree can be completed, most students finish the degree in six years including internship.

Financial Support

The Department of Psychology typically pays ASU tuition for full-time doctoral students with 20 hour-per-week graduate teaching or research assistantships. Tuition and fee information can be found on the ASU's  general tuition webpage .

For 2020-21, doctoral student stipends in the Department of Psychology are $18,564 for nine months (pre-masters) and $19,064 for nine months (post-masters).

Fellowships and awards

Doctoral students are encouraged to apply for fellowships through the National Institutes of Health  National Research Service Award  program and through the National Science Foundation's  Graduate Research Fellowship Program . Other funding opportunities exist within specific areas of study and doctoral students should explore these possibilities with their faculty advisor/mentor.

In addition to government and external organizational fellowships, the Department of Psychology currently offers  graduate scholar awards  of $1,500 each to two students in any psychology doctoral program area in any year of study. Made possible by the generous donations of department faculty and others, these awards are intended to recognize the accomplishments of students who are demonstrating overall excellence in the psychology doctoral program. Excellence will be judged with respect to contributions to psychological science; and/or the teaching of psychology; and/or community involvement reflecting application of psychological knowledge. The deadline for all application materials, including a letter of support from a psychology faculty member, is typically mid-March.

Two other fellowship awards are also available to the department's doctoral students through endowed scholarships: The Robert B. Cialdini Dissertation Project Prize and the Martha E. Bernal Memorial Scholarship Award Endowment. Doctoral students in the developmental psychology and social psychology may similarly apply for endowed fellowships within their program areas.

Financial aid

There is no financial aid available through the department although such aid is available through the ASU Financial Aid and Scholarship Services; visit their  site  to explore financial aid opportunities.

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Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.)

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We prepare students to pursue clinical science research and applied clinical work, and for careers as leading clinical practitioners, research scientists, administrators, and university and college faculty. Our doctoral students produce and advance clinical science in promoting mental health and well-being, particularly in historically underserved communities.

The APA-accredited Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at Howard’s Graduate School prepares students to pursue clinical work and research addressing social determinants of health in underserved communities. You may pursue the adult or child clinical track of the program. As a first-year student, you'll complete a clinical experience focused on clinical interviews and administration of cognitive/ achievement tests in a school setting. You'll apply psychotherapy skills in a second practicum experience in your second year. In the third and fourth years, externship placements will strengthen your psychophysiological and diagnostic assessments and the application of evidence-based treatments. You'll also benefit from Howard’s strong partnerships with top clinical training sites across the DC-Maryland-Virginia area, including the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the National Institute of Health, and the National Children’s Medical Center, where you'll be exposed to behavioral, cognitive, familial, community, and mindfulness-based approaches to therapy. We also have international research programs in Africa and Asia. As a student in our Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology, you'll be part of an active research culture at Howard and collaborate with faculty in research labs on projects across a range of knowledge domains that extend to neuropsychology, stress and coping, aging and cognition, developmental psychopathology, childhood violence and trauma, illness and social stigma, and cross-cultural investigations of other clinical problems. You'll have numerous opportunities to present your research findings at key meetings in D.C. 100% of our students are successfully matched at APA-accredited internships in their final year.

Program Snapshot

      ❱  72 credit hours        ❱  Full-time       ❱  On-campus format       ❱  Degree: Ph.D. 

Application Deadlines

Spring 2024 entry:         ❱  No spring entry

Fall 2024 entry:         ❱  Dec. 1, 2023 (final deadline)

Applicants should submit their applications as early as possible for earlier consideration of departmental funding opportunities. Applicants have until the final deadline to apply. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the admissions cycle. 

Transfer credits accepted (reviewed by committee)

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  • Degree Classification: Graduate
  • Related Degrees: Ph.D.

Admission Requirements

Application for admission .

  • Online PSYCAS application
  • Statement of purpose/ Statement of academic interest ( 500-1,000 words )
  • Critical writing sample 
  • GRE scores not required
  • Official transcripts sent to PSYCAS
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or the international equivalent 
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Autobiographical statement ( 500-750 words )

GRE Required?

Gre preferred minimums.

  • GRE Verbal Reasoning: N/A
  • GRE Quantitative Reasoning: N/A
  • GRE Analytical Writing: N/A

GPA Required Minimums

  • Overall GPA minimum: 3.0
  • Undergrad GPA minimum: 3.0

Reference Requirements

Evaluator type accepted:

  • Professor (Required)
  • Supervisor/Manager

Evaluator type not accepted:

  • Family Member

Personal Statement Guidance

Statement of purpose/statement of academic interest should highlight why you wish to pursue a degree in clinical psychology and address the following:

  • Describe your academic and research interests, identifying specific faculty member(s) with whom you want to work.
  • Describe your personal, professional, and educational goals related to the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
  • How will obtaining your Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology enhance you in your current position and/or future career?

Letter of Recommendation Guidance

Provide three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your ability and/or potential for rigorous graduate study, clinical work, and/or research. Whenever possible, Howard University recommends seeking recommendations from faculty members in psychology or practicing professionals in psychology or other mental health disciplines. Letters of recommendation should be submitted through the PSYCAS system.

Critical Writing Sample Guidance

The writing sample can include (but is not limited to) a senior thesis, master's thesis, or publication. If the publication is submitted, you must specify your contribution to the publication in your research statement. 

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The Clinical Psychology Program adheres to a clinical science model of training, and is a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science.  We are committed to training clinical psychologists whose research advances scientific knowledge of psychopathology and its treatment, and who are capable of applying evidence-based methods of assessment and clinical intervention. The main emphasis of the program is research, especially on severe psychopathology. The program includes research, course work, and clinical practica, and usually takes five years to complete. Students typically complete assessment and treatment practica during their second and third years in the program, and they must fulfill all departmental requirements prior to beginning their one-year internship. The curriculum meets requirements for licensure in Massachusetts, and is accredited by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) and by the American Psychological Association (APA).  PCSAS re-accredited the program on December 15, 2022 for a 10-year term. APA most recently accredited the program on April 28, 2015 for a seven-year term, which was extended due to COVID-related delays. 

Requirements

Required courses and training experiences fulfill requirements for clinical psychology licensure in Massachusetts as well as meet APA criteria for the accreditation of clinical psychology programs.  In addition to these courses, further training experiences are required in accordance with the American Psychological Association’s guidelines for the accreditation of clinical psychology programs (e.g., clinical practica [e.g., PSY 3050 Clinical Practicum, PSY 3080 Practicum in Neuropsychological Assessment]; clinical internship).

Students in the clinical psychology program are required to take the following courses:

  • PSY 3900 Professional Ethics
  • PSY 2445 Psychotherapy Research
  • PSY 2070 Psychometric Theory and Method Using R
  • PSY 2430 Cultural, Racial, and Ethnic Bases of Behavior
  • PSY 3250 Psychological Testing
  • PSY 2050 History of Psychology
  • PSY 1951 Intermediate Quantitative Methods
  • PSY 1952 Multivariate Analysis in Psychology
  • PSY 2040 Contemporary Topics in Psychopathology
  • PSY 2460 Diagnostic Interviewing
  • PSY 2420 Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Psychological Disorders

Clinical students must also take one course in each of the following substantive areas: biological bases of behavior (e.g., PSY 1202 Modern Neuroanatomy; PSY 1325 The Emotional, Social Brain; PSY 1355 The Adolescent Brain; PSY 1702 The Emotional Mind); social bases of behavior (e.g., PSY 2500 Proseminar in Social Psychology); cognitive-affective bases of behavior (e.g., PSY 2400 Cognitive Psychology and Emotional Disorders); and individual differences (Required course PSY 2040 Contemporary Topics in Psychopathology fulfills the individual differences requirement for Massachusetts licensure). In accordance with American Psychological Association guidelines for the accreditation of clinical psychology programs, clinical students also receive consultation and supervision within the context of clinical practica in psychological assessment and treatment beginning in their second semester of their first year and running through their third year. They receive further exposure to additional topics (e.g., human development) in the Developmental Psychopathology seminar and in the twice-monthly clinical psychology “brown bag” speaker series. Finally, students complete a year-long clinical internship. Students are responsible for making sure that they take courses in all the relevant and required areas listed above. Students wishing to substitute one required course for another should seek advice from their advisor and from the director of clinical training prior to registering. During the first year, students are advised to get in as many requirements as possible. Many requirements can be completed before the deadlines stated below. First-year project:  Under the guidance of a faculty member who serves as a mentor, students participate in a research project and write a formal report on their research progress. Due by May of first year. Second-year project:  Original research project leading to a written report in the style of an APA journal article. A ten-minute oral presentation is also required. Due by May of second year. General exam:  A six-hour exam covering the literature of the field. To be taken in September before the start of the third year. Thesis prospectus:  A written description of the research proposed must be approved by a prospectus committee appointed by the CHD. Due at the beginning of the fourth year. Thesis and oral defense:  Ordinarily this would be completed by the end of the fourth year. Clinical internship:  Ordinarily this would occur in the fifth year. Students must have completed their thesis research prior to going on internship.

Credit for Prior Graduate Work

 A PhD student who has completed at least one full term of satisfactory work in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences may file an application at the Registrar’s Office requesting that work done in a graduate program elsewhere be counted toward the academic residence requirement. Forms are available  online .

No more than the equivalent of eight half-courses may be so counted for the PhD.

An application for academic credit for work done elsewhere must contain a list of the courses, with grades, for which the student is seeking credit, and must be approved by the student’s department. In order for credit to be granted, official transcripts showing the courses for which credit is sought must be submitted to the registrar, unless they are already on file with the Graduate School. No guarantee is given in advance that such an application will be granted. 

Only courses taken in a Harvard AB-AM or AB-SM program, in Harvard Summer School, as a GSAS Special Student or FAS courses taken as an employee under the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) may be counted toward the minimum academic residence requirements for a Master’s degree.

Academic and financial credit for courses taken as a GSAS Special Student or FAS courses taken as a Harvard employee prior to admission to a degree program may be granted for a maximum of four half-courses toward a one-year Master’s and eight half-courses toward a two-year Master’s or the PhD degree.

Applications for academic and financial credit must be approved by the student’s department and should then be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and other data  

1. Time to Completion

Time to Completion 2023

Students can petition the program faculty to receive credit for prior graduate coursework, but it does not markedly reduce their expected time to complete the program.

2. Program Costs

Program costs 2023

3. Internships 

Internship placement Table 1 2023

4. Attrition

Attrition 2023

5. Licensure

Licensure 2023

Standard Financial Aid Award, Students Entering 2023  

The financial aid package for Ph.D. students entering in 2023 will include tuition and health fees support for years one through four, or five, if needed; stipend support in years one and two; a summer research grant equal to two months stipend at the end of years one through four; teaching fellowship support in years three and four guaranteed by the Psychology Department; and a dissertation completion grant consisting of tuition and stipend support in the appropriate year. Typically students will not be allowed to teach while receiving a stipend in years one and two or during the dissertation completion year.    

Year 1 (2023-24) and Year 2 (2024- 25)  Tuition & Health Fees:                             Paid in Full  Academic Year Stipend:                           $35,700 (10 months)  Summer Research Award:                       $7,140 (2 months)

Year 3 (2025-26) & Year 4 (2026- 27) Tuition & Health Fees:                             Paid in Full Living Expenses:                                       $35,700 (Teaching Fellowship plus supplement, if eligible)  Summer Research Award:                       $7,140 (2 months)

Year 5 (2027-28) - if needed; may not be taken after the Dissertation Completion year Tuition & Health Fees:                             Paid in Full

Dissertation Completion Year (normally year 5, occasionally year 6) Tuition & Health Fees:                             Paid in Full  Stipend for Living Expenses:                    $35,700  

The academic year stipend is for the ten-month period September through June. The first stipend payment will be made available at the start of the fall term with subsequent disbursements on the first of each month. The summer research award is intended for use in July and August following the first four academic years.

In the third and fourth years, the guaranteed income of $35,700 includes four sections of teaching and, if necessary, a small supplement from the Graduate School. Your teaching fellowship is guaranteed by the Department provided you have passed the General Examination or equivalent and met any other department criteria. Students are required to take a teacher training course in the first year of teaching.

The dissertation completion year fellowship will be available as soon as you are prepared to finish your dissertation, ordinarily in the fifth year. Applications for the completion fellowship must be submitted in February of the year prior to utilizing the award. Dissertation completion fellowships are not guaranteed after the seventh year. Please note that registration in the Graduate School is always subject to your maintaining satisfactory progress toward the degree.

GSAS students are strongly encouraged to apply for appropriate Harvard and outside fellowships throughout their enrollment. All students who receive funds from an outside source are expected to accept the award in place of the above Harvard award. In such cases, students may be eligible to receive a GSAS award of up to $4,000 for each academic year of external funding secured or defer up to one year of GSAS stipend support.

For additional information, please refer to the Financial Support section of the GSAS website ( gsas.harvard.edu/financial-support ).

Registration and Financial Aid in the Graduate School are always subject to maintaining satisfactory progress toward the degree.

Psychology students are eligible to apply for generous research and travel grants from the Department.

The figures quoted above are estimates provided by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and are subject to change.

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Updated & Fact Checked: 2/6/2023

Pursuing higher education through a PhD in clinical psychology can be an exciting opportunity to explore your interests in a meaningful way while also earning credentials that may be helpful towards advancing your career or potential for a higher income. There are many psychology programs available in the United States, but the options aren’t always equal. With all the information out there, it can be hard to know where to start in the decision-making process of which program to attend. One important aspect to consider is if the program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Many states have hiring requirements that their psychologists should have earned their degree from an accredited program. To help you on your journey, this article summarizes some of the high-quality, APA-accredited programs that offer a Ph-D in Clinical Psychology.

Featured Psychology Doctoral Programs

  • George Washington University – PhD in Clinical Psychology The goal of George Washington University is to train students to recognize the impact of different kinds of systemic oppression and the different forms of diversity in order to apply this knowledge to their scientific research. Students should graduate with the skills to strategically apply their knowledge to promote equity within their communities. The PhD program does this by educating students through evidence-based research and a scientist-practitioner model. For clinical training, students will complete two assessment practica, two therapy practica, a one year internship training program, and two externship placements. The program also has a mentorship program, where qualified students who apply are chosen based on certain criteria to be mentored by faculty. The end goal of the program is that students will be prepared to meet the state’s requirements for licensure. Tuition: $1,885 per credit + fees
  • University of Central Florida – PhD in Clinical Psychology The psychology program at UCF educates students with the intention of producing well-rounded graduates who can go into a scientific psychology career or work as a practitioner. The program is generalist, meaning that it provides knowledge on many aspects of advanced psychology without leaning into any specific formal tracks; however, they place a strong emphasis on strategies for assessing and treating adult clients. Additionally, the generalist training includes the technical and methodological skills needed to conduct professional research. This program at UCF was designed to be completed in five years. Students will complete a one year internship. The rest of the program includes 86 semester hours that include courses, practica, and research, as well as the completion of a required thesis and dissertation. Tuition: $15,346 per year which includes fees
  • Alliant International University – PhD in Clinical Psychology The PhD program at Alliant International University features a supportive environment led by experienced and professional licensed clinical psychologists. The program prepares students for psychology careers in teaching, consultation, research, program development, direct clinical practice, and more. The PhD curriculum and various activities aim to give students the knowledge to conduct research and contribute to the field while at the same time developing the skills to provide direct interventions with clients in numerous different settings. Students have the flexibility to choose between six different emphasis areas. These emphasis areas are child/family, health psychology, military and veteran psychology experience, multicultural/diversity, psychodynamic, and trauma-focused forensic experience. The PhD program is intended to be completed in five years of full-time study. Tuition: $1298 per unit + fees
  • Syracuse University – PhD in Clinical Psychology The PhD program at Syracuse University trains students to responsibly innovate the field of clinical psychology through the scientist-practitioner model. This model offers a balanced approach of providing education to students on how to practice psychology as both a science within a clinical context. Syracuse University has a strong commitment to diversity and the PhD program reflects those values in the program as well, preparing their students to be inclusive and culturally competent in their work. The program requires students to complete at least 90 credit hours. This includes a master’s thesis as well as a dissertation. Students must also complete a one-year internship. The psychology department at Syracuse offers several different possibilities for financial assistance including various scholarships, assistantships, research funding, stipends, and remitted tuition. Tuition: $32,436 per academic year + fees
  • University of North Texas – PhD in Clinical Psychology The clinical psychology PhD program at the University of Texas provides evidence-based training to their students and focuses on four aims to promote their mission of helping students graduate into successful psychologists. These aims promote the attainment of knowledge, professionalism, clinical skills, and research skills. UNT’s program is consistent with the expectations laid out by the American Psychological Association of what a psychologist should know and be able to address and contribute in their practice, such as theoretical knowledge and mental health issues. The training model of the PhD program is increasingly complex and is designed to educate students should they choose careers in research, academic, or clinical settings. The program is designed to be completed in about five years. Students spend their first year completing coursework and acquire basic research skills. In the second and third year, students work to become more and more advanced at their research, presentation, and writing skills while learning more about treatments and developing intervention methods. The fourth and fifth years consist of the completion of the dissertation and internship requirements. Tuition: $5,632 per semester, which includes fees
  • Fielding Graduate University – PhD in Clinical Psychology The PhD in Clinical Psychology program at Fielding Graduate University is the only distributed learning program that has been accredited by the APA. This program’s model of learning blends flexible digital formats with in-person learning opportunities in order for students to become educated using the best of both options. Fielding Graduate University’s mission is to include students in the program from under-represented populations and encourage the graduation of psychology practitioners who prioritize social justice in their scholarly practice. By the end of the program, students should be able to demonstrate that they can competently conduct culturally sensitive and ethical research. Additionally, they should be able to perform evidence-based diagnosis and psychotherapy by applying research and developing treatment plans to assist clients with overcoming difficulties in the long term. Tuition: $29,100 per year + fees
  • Columbia University – PhD in Clinical Psychology The PhD in Clinical Psychology program at Columbia University was founded in 1947 and has been accredited by the American Psychological Association ever since. The program trains students based on knowledge gained from direct experience with clinical research, analysis, discussions, and training in the field. Students are expected to be able to produce and discuss scientific information as well as adequately provide clinical psychology services to a wide community. The psychology program gives the opportunity for an intensive research lab that promotes collaboration and scientific skills with the purpose of publishing their work in professional journals. Students will complete 95 credits in the PhD program in three to four years. The entire program is completed in about five years. Tuition: $2,274 per credit + fees
  • Pacific University – PhD in Clinical Psychology At Pacific University, the PhD program utilizes the clinical practice of psychology to educate students on how to conduct research, and science to advance the knowledge of psychology. This creates a well-rounded education where all aspects of knowledge are integrated to help students develop into graduates who can perform as both academic scientists and clinical providers who create innovative interventions. Pacific University provides students with generalist psychology training, which means that it can be applied in a number of contexts and graduates can go on to a variety of career paths, particularly in healthcare. Each student will be required to complete two years of clinical training at minimum to help them practice combining the theories they have learned and research they have done with real-life application. Tuition: $39,567 per year + fees
  • Drexel University – PhD in Clinical Psychology Drexel University’s PhD in Clinical Psychology program offers four different concentration options from which students can choose, including Clinical Child Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Forensic Psychology, and Health Psychology. Individuals taking courses within this program receive training on how to assess and intervene with clients using a cognitive-behavioral approach. The training is balanced between equally emphasizing clinical research and scientific principles. The mentorship model of the program gives each student the learning opportunity of a placement in the research lab of a faculty member. The program is designed to be completed in four to five years. During the program, students also earn their masters degree in psychology if they have not done so already. During the program, students must also complete a dissertation, which consists of original research and demonstrates the ability of the PhD candidate to work in the field. Tuition: $1,342 per credit hour + fees
  • Boston University – PhD in Clinical Psychology APA-accredited in 1948, Boston University’s PhD program has educated many individuals over the years in clinical psychology, including the scientific bases and psychological research components. BU works through a mentorship model of teaching, where students are trained through direct clinical experience alongside licensed psychologists. Students can work closely with peers and their professors due to small class sizes that rarely exceed ten people. Those who are accepted into this program usually go on to follow psychology careers in the medical field or in academic settings. The BU PhD program’s philosophy emphasizes leadership and innovation in the world of clinical psychology. Tuition: $30,568 per year + fees

What is an APA-Accredited Clinical Psychology Program?

An APA-accredited clinical psychology program has gone through the process of obtaining accreditation status by the American Psychological Association . A clinical psychology program can be defined as a PhD degree in philosophy where one specializes in clinical psychology. This degree differs from a PsyD in Psychology, which means that one is obtaining their doctorate in professional psychology. Although these degrees sound similar, graduates often go on into different careers. Someone with a PsyD typically works directly with clients to assess, diagnose, and treat them. Someone with a PhD in clinical psychology is more likely to contribute to the academic side by becoming a professor, conducting scientific research, or working as an educational consultant. However, they can and sometimes do go into the other career field.

What is APA Accreditation?

The American Psychological Association is the leading institution for accrediting programs that offer psychology education in the US. Their Commission on Accreditation (APA-CoA) consists of 32 members that evaluate professional psychology residency programs to ensure that they are following the APA’s published criteria and procedures. The organization focuses on the consistency of quality, ethics, and professional and scientific standards of the organizations that they oversee.

Why Choose an APA-Accredited School for My Clinical Psychology Program?

APA accreditation means that an educational program has met certain standards for quality, in that a student is being educated to provide evidence-based services that have been proven to create better health and wellbeing. APA accreditation ensures that students, who are investing in their education, are receiving a high-quality education in return. Graduates from an accredited program can build their psychology career from the APA-established educational and scientific foundation it was built on. Additionally, many employers require or prefer that their psychologists were educated from an accredited university, and attending one can lend a competitive edge to job-seekers. Holding a degree from an APA-accredited institution also makes it a little easier for a licensed psychologist to transfer their license in a new state if they should choose to move, as accreditation adds consistency in quality across the United States. There are many benefits to attending an APA-accredited clinical psychology program that can often last a student’s entire life.

Requirements to Enroll in an APA-Accredited Clinical Psychology Program

The requirements for applying to each university’s PhD in psychology program may differ in some ways, but in general are usually quite similar. When you are getting ready to apply, here is what you should be ready to submit.

  • Your college transcripts. These can be either official or unofficial depending on the application requirements. This is so the PhD program can review your GPA and grades to ensure that you can maintain success in a doctoral level academic setting.
  • GRE scores. Some universities may require that you submit the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). This is a post-undergraduate standardized exam that used to be a requirement for students to take to be admitted to graduate school. However, more and more universities are phasing out this requirement. Even so, some programs still require it. If your chosen university is one, you will need to take this exam and submit your scores in your application.
  • Essay. The essay portion of the application is prompted by specific questions written by the psychology department of the university. The questions are often reflective and let the psychology program know a little more about you and your goals, as well as how admittance into the program will help you meet those goals.
  • Resume. This requirement just tells the university your history, what you are involved in, and if you have any academic or employment experience that is relevant to psychology.
  • Letters of recommendation. Applications usually have a tool where you can send a request for a letter of recommendation directly to your preferred reference’s email address.

Clinical Psychology Licensure Steps

APA-accredited clinical psychology programs are designed to help students prepare for licensure and to develop foundational knowledge needed to take the national licensing examination as well as any local state exams. Taking the exam isn’t the only requirement for earning a psychology license, of course. One must also go through the clinical psychology program as well. Each state may have slightly different requirements for how PhD candidates can obtain their license, but the same steps generally apply due to the consistent standards set by the American Psychological Association.

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree. You can apply for a PhD in clinical psychology program with a master’s degree as well. However, as long as you have met all the prerequisites, you can apply for the PhD program with an undergraduate degree. The degree can be in any number of topics, not just psychology, as long as the prerequisites are met. Your GPA should be 3.0 or, ideally, higher, as the application process for doctoral programs is often competitive.
  • Apply to a PhD program. While each specific program may have their own individual requirements, the process generally looks like submitting your transcripts, GRE scores (if required), a personal essay, a resume, letters of recommendation, and taking part in an interview.
  • Take the psychologist licensure examination. This examination comes from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). Registration for the exam is completed via their website, and you can also find material to help you prepare.
  • Apply for licensure. In this step, you will submit the application information required by your state’s psychology board . This often includes proof that you completed a certain number of clinical hours, your transcripts, an application form, and a few other forms. You will also pay a fee.
  • Receive your license. Once your exam score and application have both been processed, you will be notified that you have been approved and you will receive your clinical psychology license.

APA-Accredited Clinical Psychology Program Scholarships and Grants

Finances are an important consideration when planning your journey towards a PhD in clinical psychology. The benefit of pursuing a doctoral degree is that many universities have several forms of financial assistance available directly through the program. Students can apply for and potentially receive grants , assistantships , fellowships , or other forms of financial assistance that cover the cost of the degree as long as a student remains in the program in good standing.

The American Psychological Association also offers potential funding for students through the APF – American Psychological Foundation . This foundation offers multiple grants and scholarship funding opportunities for psychology students.

Other websites that provide general information about scholarships for psychology students include:

  • Psychology Scholarships for Women
  • Psychology Scholarships
  • Psychology.org

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Clinical Psychology, Psy.D.

Our APA-accredited Doctor of Clinical Psychology program is grounded in the practitioner-scholar model of professional psychology.

The Psy.D. program is committed to the education and training objectives for doctoral programs set forth by the APA and has been influenced by the values of the National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology (NCSPP).

As a Psy.D. student, you will be instructed intensively in psychotherapy, psychological assessment, and in other areas pertinent to the practice of clinical psychology . The Psy.D. program, approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Higher Education in 1991 and accredited by the APA since 1999, fosters the development of your research skills through coursework, independent projects under faculty direction, and dissertation. After you graduate from the program, you will be prepared to practice at the doctoral level, make scholarly contributions to the professional community, and take leadership positions in the mental health field .

At A Glance

Program: doctor of clinical psychology (psy.d.), audience: graduate students, format: face-to-face classes, next start date: august 26, 2024, cost: $990/credit, time to completion six years.

"After conducting my research for APA-accredited programs, Immaculata University was truly the best program for me, considering my life circumstances (parent and working full-time). During the interview process, I got to experience the culture of Immaculata, which seemed to be inviting, challenging and supportive. During my six and a half years of working through the program, I can attest that Immaculata has supported me during every step. The curriculum is set up so that you are not forced to choose a theoretical orientation; however, you receive baseline information about some of the most used theories in the field. Between my field experience and the classroom experience, I was able to identify my dream job, which is working with veterans who are struggling with mental health and substance addiction-related concerns, and now they are reintegrating back into society. The support and education received from Immaculata has helped me to build the confidence to be a competent and passionate practitioner."

Jonathan Harold '21 Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist

Program Highlights

  • Our faculty are approachable experts who serve as student-focused role models in clinical psychology. They specialize in a variety of areas, such as addictions and recovery, neuropsychology, therapeutic assessment, psychology and spirituality, trauma, and multicultural counseling.
  • Evening, on-campus courses start at 4:30 and allow you to work during the day, until you begin your practicum, which generally takes place during weekday hours. At that time, you will need flexible work hours.
  • You may compete for one of a designated number of assistantships annually, which provide tuition remission and a stipend for working in a variety of capacities at Immaculata.
  • Students and faculty have presented at conferences including the Society for Personality Assessment, the American Psychological Association, the Pennsylvania Psychology Association and the International Rorschach Congress. Some travel grants are available for attending conferences.
  • Most of our students complete their degree in about six years.
  • Our students report that the Psy.D. program helps them gain not only knowledge, but also confidence in their abilities, increased self-awareness and a sense of professional competence.
  • Our graduates work in private practices, outpatient mental health facilities, hospitals, and other settings. Some alumni work at university counseling centers, veterans’ hospitals, or for the military. Some have opened their own private practices, and others teach as adjuncts at universities.

The   Master of Arts (M.A.) in Clinical Psychology  is embedded within the Psy.D. curriculum. This degree is open to doctoral students admitted into the Psy.D. program who enter with a bachelor’s degree or with a master’s degree in an unrelated field.

The  Immaculata University Psychology Internship Consortium  is an APA-accredited internship, organized and monitored by the Immaculata’s Psychology and Counseling Department. The Consortium provides doctoral internships for Immaculata’s Psy.D. clinical doctoral candidates. A limited number of placements are offered for intern applicants from other APA-accredited doctoral programs through APPIC’s Match II and Post Match Vacancy Service (see additional information about the Consortium on the IU Psychology Internship Consortium page).

Learn more about Psy.D.  admissions deadlines and requirements  as well as  graduate tuition .

Accreditation

Immaculata University’s Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 (202) 336-5979 [email protected] www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

Psy.D. Program Philosophy

The Psy.D. program educates and trains students to be competent practitioners of clinical psychology by providing a strong foundation in core areas relevant to practice, including theory, psychopathology-diagnosis, intervention, assessment, multiculturalism and human diversity, professional ethics, scientific foundations, and research.

The program provides a unique interpersonal experience that stems from the dedication to service that defines the spiritual mission of the University. Earning your Psy.D. from Immaculata will give you not only a solid foundation of clinical skills that are applicable to a wide range of settings, but also an ethical and spiritual base communicated through the nurturing qualities of administrators and program faculty. Dedicated full-time and adjunct faculty provide an education steeped richly and broadly in the traditions of theory, assessment, diagnosis, and intervention. With teaching styles that are empathic, human, supportive, and restorative, faculty are committed fully to the training and socialization of professional psychologists into careers of service, scholarship, and leadership.

This unique blend of academic rigor with respect for students as whole people characterizes the entirety of the learning environment and facilitates students’ emergent sense of competency as professional psychologists.

With attentiveness to the educational needs of their students, faculty members are outstanding professional role models, committed to each other as people and professionals, who work as a unified team to bring their training, skill and character into the heart and soul of the classroom. This is the quality of the interpersonal atmosphere that surrounds Immaculata’s Psy.D. students and demonstrates the depth and maturity of the program’s character.

Program Aims and Competencies and Related Evaluation Mechanisms

Immaculata’s Psy.D. program has aims related to the acquisition and attainment of competencies in the following areas.

Aim 1: PsyD graduates will be competent practitioners of clinical psychology and will acquire the following profession-wide competencies:

  • Ethical and Legal Standards
  • Individual and Cultural Diversity
  • Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Intervention
  • Supervision
  • Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills

Aim 2: PsyD graduates will acquire discipline specific knowledge to inform their clinical competencies.

  • Knowledge of Scientific Foundations

View the full Aims and Competencies Grid here .

All course scheduling is done with advisement. Class sizes are small, often 8-12 students, with some around 18-20, depending on the nature of the subject.

Prerequisites

Required for students admitted with a bachelor’s degree, or a master’s degree in a field unrelated to psychology, (or at the department’s recommendation).

  • PSYC 689 Counseling Skills and Theories (3)
  • PSYC 690 Theories of Counseling (3)
  • PSYC 675* Psychopathology (3)

REQUIRED CONCENTRATION (117 credits)

  • PSYC 698 Professional Development Series (0)
  • PSYC 700 Biological Bases of Behavior (3)
  • PSYC 701 Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior (3)
  • PSYC 702 Professional Issues and Ethics (3)
  • PSYC 703 Tests & Measurements (3)
  • PSYC 704 Pre-Practicum Seminar (0)
  • PSYC 705 Human Development (3)
  • PSYC 706 Research & Statistics I (3)
  • PSYC 707 Research & Statistics II (3)
  • PSYC 708 Advanced Psychopathology (3)
  • PSYC 709 Group Dynamics (3)
  • PSYC 710 Cognitive and Behavioral Theories and Therapies (3)
  • PSYC 711 Psychoanalytic Theories and Therapies (3)
  • PSYC 712 Client-Centered and Relationship Theories and Therapies (3)
  • PSYC 713 History and Systems in Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 714 Practicum and Seminar I (3)**
  • PSYC 715 Practicum and Seminar II (3)
  • PSYC 716 Practicum and Seminar III (3)
  • PSYC 717 Practicum and Seminar IV (3)
  • PSYC 721 Psychology of Human Diversity (3)
  • PSYC 724 Practicum and Seminar V (3)
  • PSYC 725 Practicum and Seminar VI (3)
  • PSYC 726 Practicum and Seminar VII (3)
  • PSYC 727 Practicum and Seminar VIII (3)
  • PSYC 728 Cognitive Clinical Assessment (3)
  • PSYC 729 Assessment II: Personality (3)
  • PSYC 730 Assessment IV: Advanced Skills (3)
  • PSYC 731 Assessment V: Neuropsychological (3)
  • PSYC 734 Aging and Mental Health*** (3)
  • PSYC 735 Human Sexuality*** (3)
  • PSYC 736 Survey Design and Application*** (3)
  • PSYC 737: Substance Use Disorders & Other Addictions*** (3)
  • PSYC 738: Therapeutic Assessment*** (3)
  • PSYC 740 Clinical Psychopharmacology (3)
  • PSYC 741 Clinical Supervision, Consultation, and Management (3)
  • PSYC 745 Social Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 766 Advanced Neuropsychology*** (3)
  • PSYC 768 Forensic Psychology*** (3)
  • PSYC 786 Internship in Clinical Psychology I (1.5)
  • PSYC 787 Internship in Clinical Psychology II (1.5)
  • PSYC 788 Internship in Clinical Psychology III (1.5)
  • PSYC 790 Dissertation Seminar I (3)
  • PSYC 791 Internship in Clinical Psychology IV (1.5)
  • PSYC 792 Internship in Clinical Psychology V (1.5)
  • PSYC 793 Internship in Clinical Psychology VI (1.5)
  • PSYC 795 Professional Practice Preparation (3)
  • PSYC 797 Comprehensive Examination (0)
  • PSYC 798 Doctoral Dissertation I (3)
  • PSYC 799 Doctoral Dissertation II (3)
  • PSYC 800 Doctoral Dissertation III (3)
  • PSYC 000 Dissertation Continuation (0)

*PSYC 675 is the only class from a master’s degree program that is considered for transfer, at three credits; does not apply to the required 117 credits.

**The department has specific guidelines for practica. Most practicum work is scheduled during weekday hours and includes a didactic seminar on campus. Supervised practica cannot be done at your place of employment.

***B.A. admits and M.A. admits are required to take two electives. Students are free to take more than the specified number of electives at the additional fee of a three-credit course.

GPA Minimums

The minimum level of achievement (MLA) for PsyD students in any course for which there is a letter grade is a B, which equates to 3.0. PsyD students must carry a 3.3 minimum cumulative GPA; if the cumulative GPA drops below 3.3, the student will be placed on academic probation. Thus, while the minimum course expectation is B, the overall cumulative GPA for the program must be maintained at a 3.3 or higher. Permission to move forward on dissertation or internship requires a 3.3 GPA or higher. PsyD students are referred to the PsyD Handbook for additional information related to academic probation for PsyD students.

If a student earns less than a B grade in a course, they must retake the course. The course may only be repeated once. A student unable to earn a B or higher in the course on the second attempt will be dismissed from the program. Any grade less than a B in two different courses results in program dismissal.

If a student earns an F in a course that is designated Pass/Fail (e.g., Practicum Seminars), the student must successfully complete a remediation plan and retake the course. Failure to successfully complete the remediation plan will result in program dismissal. A student unable to pass the course on the second attempt will be dismissed from the program. Any failing grade in two different Pass/Fail courses results in program dismissal.

Full-Time and Residency Requirements

Psy.D. students are required to meet the University’s full-time requirement, which has been defined as two consecutive semesters of at least three classes each semester at the start of the program, and the American Psychological Association’s three-year full-time residency requirement. Internship year does not count toward residency.

To meet these requirements, Psy.D. students must take at least three classes for at least two consecutive semesters at the start of the program. Students may meet the remaining two years of required full-time study by completing either:

  • Two consecutive semesters of at least three classes each semester,  or
  • Three consecutive semesters of at least two classes each semester

Clinical Faculty and Staff

Clinical Psychology Program Faculty

  • Sr. Monica Acri, IHM PsyD
  • Jolie Bell, PhD
  • Ashley Gilbert, PsyD
  • Julie Keaveney, PsyD
  • S. Donna Kelley, PsyD  (Program Director)
  • Avina Khiatani, PhD
  • Cara Knaster, PsyD
  • Kim Levan, PsyD
  • Francien Richardson, PsyD
  • Mary Tabit, PsyD
  • Kristen Ullrich, PsyD
  • Jed Yalof, PsyD (Professor Emeritus)
  • Pamela Abraham, Psy.D. (Professor Emerita)

Department of Psychology and Counseling Staff

  • Linda Hampson
  • Kelly Richardson

Certificates of Emphasis

Certificates of Emphasis may be earned in one of the following areas through course work, practicum, and research that has a concentrated focus:

  • Psychological Testing
  • Integrative Psychotherapy
  • Human and Cultural Diversity
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Neuropsychology
  • Forensic Psychology

APAGS Membership

The  American Psychological Association of Graduate Students  (APAGS) provides a voice for graduate students’ concerns with the APA. It is the largest group of graduate psychology students worldwide and provides information to students about relevant education and training issues, legislative positions and developments, and future directions or changes in the field.

Diversity and Inclusion

Student Diversity Forum

State-by-State Licensure Requirements

The ASPPB (Association of State and Provincial Psychology Board) lists  state-by-state requirements for licensure  (as of July, 2020). Please note that at this time the list is incomplete. ASPPB will continue to update the information.

Related Information

  • Clinical Psychology M.A.
  • Psychology Internship Consortium
  • Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

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Clinical Psychology Training Programs

Clinical psychology program (cpp).

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Clinical Psychology Program (CPP) 

Karen Oliver, PhD,  Director  

The APA-accredited Clinical Psychology Program (CPP) provides general training in clinical psychology. CPP fellows work with adult-focused populations in a variety of hospital-based settings, including the VA Medical Center, partial hospitalization programs, and a specialty hospital for women and newborns. The fellows are integral members of interdisciplinary treatment teams and have opportunities to provide tiered supervision to psychology or psychiatry trainees. All fellows enjoy 20% protected research time to pursue work related to their expertise and interests. 

Find available fellowships in our Clinical Psychology Program (CPP).

As of 2017, the following standardized tables of admissions, support and initial placement data are required for all APA-accredited postdoctoral fellowship program websites. The Clinical Psychology Program tables are updated annually.

Postdoctoral Program Admissions

The Clinical Psychology Program (CPP) is accredited by the American Psychological Association as a Traditional Practice Program in Clinical Psychology.  Postdoctoral fellows in clinically-focused fellowships spend approximately 50-70% time conducting clinical work.

The three aims of the Clinical Psychology Program (CPP) are: 

(1)  To produce psychologists who exhibit an advanced competency level with regard to professional skills/conduct and ethical standards (consistent with APA principles and local regulations) to function effectively as independent practitioners within health service settings;  (2)  To produce psychologists who exhibit an advanced competency level with regard to the basic knowledge and skills of research to function effectively as scientist-practitioners within health service settings; and (3) To produce psychologists who demonstrate an advanced competency level with regard to evidence-based practice and the provision of effective psychological services within health service settings.

We offer training  emphasis areas in: (1) Adult and (2) Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine.   

Clinical training supports postdoctoral fellows in establishing clinical proficiency, while integrating a professional role that is well grounded in ethics and mental health practice.  By the end of the fellowship, the postdoctoral fellow should attain advanced competence in the knowledge-base and clinical skills required for their area of emphasis and should be able to function independently in a similar clinical program in a new location. 

CPP fellowship positions are one year in duration.  In some cases, a second year of fellowship may be available when there are opportunities to continue clinical and research training in more depth.  [Note:  This second year is not an “APA-accredited” fellowship year, but is designated as a Brown postdoctoral fellowship year.]   Agreement to continue for a second year of training, when available, is decided upon by the postdoctoral fellow and the primary supervisor midway through the first year. The supervisor informs the postdoctoral fellow that he/she would like him/her to stay a second year by mid-December.  Postdoctoral fellows must make a decision by January 1 in order to allow sufficient time to recruit a replacement. 

All postdoctoral fellowships are full-time, salary positions. 

All candidates for admission  are held to the onboarding requirements of the hospital in which they will be employed/rotate . 

All candidates for admission who are clinical/counseling/school psychologists are also strongly encouraged to purchase their own liability insurance ( Professional Liability (Malpractice) Insurance for Pre-Licensed Psychologist ) while on fellowship.  Future employers may request that you supply proof of insurance while you were in training. 

At this time, the State of Rhode Island mandates that all healthcare providers and healthcare workers have received a complete series of COVID-19 vaccine (one dose of Johnson & Johnson, two doses of Pfizer or Moderna).  The sole exemption in the regulation is a medical exemption. For more information, please visit the  Rhode Island Department of Health, COVID-19 Information  website.

Definition of 20% Research Component 

All approved postdoctoral fellowships in the PFTP will contain a minimum of 20% effort devoted to research supervised by a DPHB faculty member.  It is the supervisor’s responsibility to provide a training experience that will meet this requirement. 

The 20% research experience should be active work that is conducted by the postdoctoral fellow (not completely delegated to others), and it should be geared toward producing a traditional scientific product  (e.g. manuscript, presentation at a national professional meeting, grant application, instrument development) .  Postdoctoral fellows decide on the appropriate research activity in conjunction with the faculty supervisor.  Ultimately, it is the postdoctoral fellow’s choice to determine the specific project.  Examples of appropriate activities include generating a project from the supervisor’s existing database; designing and implementing a new study; publishing work on projects begun prior to the fellowship including the dissertation.  All individualized training activities for postdoctoral fellows must include explicit goals and activities for this research component.

Primary supervisors are responsible for working with Fellows to identify a research supervisor for their postdoctoral fellows. While not required, we encourage the research mentor to be different from the primary supervisor.  It is the responsibility of the primary supervisor to monitor that the fellow’s research goals are being met, and that research opportunities reasonably allow for these goals to be achieved.  The primary supervisor should coordinate with the research supervisor to work out a mechanism to ensure that this is accomplished. 

It is the supervisor’s and home institution’s obligation to provide at least minimal resources for the postdoctoral fellow to achieve their research goals  (e.g., computing, access to statistical software, research administration/IRB services, assessment space) . 

The 20% effort (8 hours per week) may include the research didactic component of the PFTP  (DPHB Core Seminars) . Clinical seminars are not included in the 20% time. 

Any one of the following would represent an appropriate product from a research activity: 

  • Peer reviewed publications e.g. journal article
  • Book chapter
  • Invited articles in professional journals
  • Academic presentations outside of Brown Medical School
  • Poster presentation, or paper presentation at a regional or national professional meeting, preferably with a published abstract
  • Poster presentation at Mind/Brain Research Day
  • Grant award from postdoctoral fellow initiated activity

​ Describe  any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

CPP applicants must have: 1) met all requirements for doctoral degree, including defense, at time fellowship starts; 2) Health Service Providers must hold a doctoral degree from an APA-accredited program or equivalent; and 3) must come from an APA-accredited internship or equivalent. See  Eligibility   for more details.

Brown University provides equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation based upon a person’s race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law, and caste, which is protected by our University policies. Brown Psychiatry and Human Behavior is committed to measurable policies and practices that foster diversity, equity, and inclusion and promote anti-racism within the department's education, research, and clinical care settings and the community at large.

Questions related to the program's accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC  20002 Phone: 202-336-5979 / E-mail:  [email protected] Web:   www.apa.org/ed/accreditation 

The Department of Psychology offers the doctor of philosophy in psychology with programs in clinical (APA accredited) psychology, social psychology, cognition/ cognitive development, and psychology and law.

Doctoral Programs

  • Clinical Psychology    
  • Social Psychology, Cognition/Cognitive Development, or Psychology and Law    

Program Specific Admission Requirements

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is December 1.

We only admit students one time per year. Our graduate students begin their programs of study in the fall semester.

Although our graduate programs technically consist of separate master’s and doctoral degree components, only students who are applying for, and who expect to complete, the doctoral program are considered for admission. That is, we do not offer a terminal master’s degree.

Application materials include the application, one to two page statement of purpose, undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. An application fee of $50 is required.

Applications are evaluated based on the applicants’ academic qualifications (e.g., undergraduate GPA, graduate GPA if applicable, course specific grades) and stated research and (if applicable) clinical interests. Particular attention is paid to the goodness of fit between the applicant’s expressed research/clinical interests and the particular strengths and offerings of our program.

Our program does not employ a set of formal “cut-offs” with regard to any of the quantitative application elements (e.g., undergraduate/graduate GPA). Often a strong record in one area may make up for a weakness in another area. Applicants interested in information on the qualifications of admitted students should consult the student summary data ( www.uwyo.edu/psychology ).

Program Specific Graduate Assistantships

Applicants are considered for graduate assistantships at the time of admission. Graduate students typically receive some departmental financial support for the first four years.

Clinical Psychology

Students complete a four-year, on-campus sequence of required courses covering core areas of psychology and clinical competency. In addition, the following are required: successful completion of a thesis, a preliminary comprehensive examination, a dissertation, one summer clerkship, and a full year APA accredited internship.

Social Psychology, Cognition/Cognitive Development, or Psychology and Law

Students complete course requirements in topics designated as core areas of psychology, a preliminary comprehensive examination, and a research-based dissertation.

The Master of Science in Clinical Psychology prepares students with both clinical and research skills. This 48-hour program includes a set of core courses, elective selections, practicum experiences, and a thesis project designed to prepare students for doctoral study. Additionally, this degree program prepares students wishing to pursue a professional career, at the Masters level, for instance as a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) or as a Research Assistant.

Prospective applicants should note that the MS in Clinical Psychology will not fully prepare students for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Students interested in that professional outcome should consider the 60-hour MS in Counseling Psychology degree at ACU as most states require a 60-hour program to apply for licensure.

Prerequisite Degree Requirements

This program requires a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Major Requirements

Psychology core courses.

  • PSYC 610 - Psychotherapy Credit Hours: 3
  • PSYC 612 - Clinical Research Methods Credit Hours: 3
  • PSYC 648 - Advanced Psychotherapeutic Techniques Credit Hours: 3
  • PSYC 650 - Ethics and Issues in Professional Psychology Credit Hours: 3
  • PSYC 657 - Multivariate Statistics Credit Hours: 3
  • PSYC 660 - Clinical Assessment Credit Hours: 3
  • PSYC 682 - Advanced Psychopathology Credit Hours: 3

Total: 21 Credit Hours

15 hours approved by graduate advisor or department chair.

Total: 15 Credit Hours

  • PSYC 690 - Practicum I Credit Hours: 3
  • PSYC 692 - Practicum II Credit Hours: 3

Total: 6 Credit Hours

  • PSYC 699 - Master’s Thesis Credit Hours: 6

Total Major Hours: 48

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