Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

Clinical Psychology (PsyD)


Degree Offered: Doctor of Psychology


Application Deadline:

All application materials must be submitted no later than January 1st.

Non-degree status not available

Program Description:

The doctoral (PsyD) program in clinical psychology is a 96-credit program based on the Practitioner–Scholar Model. The PsyD degree includes both training and course work in clinical practice and research based on the premise that clinical practice and research can help inform and strengthen each other. Because the PsyD is a more practice-oriented degree, we place an emphasis on the development of the knowledge, skills, and competencies that psychologists use in clinical practice. Our doctoral program is built on a foundation of over a decade of graduating Master’s-level students, many of whom are now active clinicians, teachers, supervisors and doctoral students.

Graduates of the doctoral program can pursue clinical and research positions in the public and private sectors. Students who want to become a psychologist must successfully complete Doctoral-level training; pass a national examination, and fulfill all state licensing requirements (e.g., the required number of state-mandated supervised hours).

Facilities and Resources:

Our graduate programs are housed in the new and renovated facilities in Science Hall-East. These facilities include modern clinical, research, and teaching spaces, in addition to a state-of-the-art clinical teaching suite for training, monitoring, recording and conducting clinical sessions, a graduate testing and teaching room and a graduate study and informal learning space for our students.

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree and transcript from an accredited college or university
  • Psychology courses require prior to enrollment
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Statistics
    • Research Methods
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Physiological Psychology or equivalent
    Strong candidates who are deficient in up to two of these courses may be granted Conditional Admission. However, these courses must be completed prior to matriculation into the program.
  • Minimum Undergraduate GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or Minimum Graduate GPA: 3.5  on a 4.0 scale
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores: Competitive GRE scores on the verbal, quantitative and analytic sections of the Graduate Record Exam taken within the last five years. 
  • A personal statement that addresses ALL of the following:
    • What has led you to pursue a career in clinical and counseling psychology?
    • What do you see as your strengths and weaknesses and how will they impact your ability to attain your academic and professional goals?
    • Why does this program represent a good fit for you?
    • Please also include any additional information that can help us evaluate you
  • Clinical, Research and/or Human Services Experience
  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Three professional recommendations
    • At least two out of the three letters should be academic reference. The third letter should come from a person that can speak to the applicants strength as a doctoral student or clinician. Personal or non-professional references are not accepted.
  • In-person interview will be required.

  • 96 credits of graduate study
Doctor of Psychology (Psy. D)96 credits
Ethics and Professional Orientation 3
Clinical Practice I 3
Theories of Psychotherapy 3
Psychopathology 3
Cultural and Social Issues in Clinical Practice 3
Group Interventions 3
Assessment I 3
Clinical Practice II 3
Human Development 3
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 3
Assessment II 3
Developmental Psychopathology 3
Practicum I 3
Research Methods and Evaluation 3
Advanced Evidence-based Psychotherapy 3
Practicum II 3
Biological Bases of Behavior 3
Clinical Psychopharmacology 3
Advanced Research Methods & Stats 3
Cognition and Affect 3
Practicum III 3
Psychodynamic Theories 3
Practicum IV 3
Dissertation Seminar I 3
History and Systems of Psychology 3
Practicum V 3
Practicum VI 3
Dissertation Seminar III 1
Electives 9
Internship I & II 0

*note: The program is will undergo formal APA accreditation review at the appropriate time for all new programs and accreditation status will be determined upon completion of that process..