50 Best Psy.D. Programs in Clinical Psychology 2016

By Kirsten Hughes

December 2015

Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology are offered in two types: the Psy.D. and the Ph.D. The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) programs focus on the clinical aspect of training and preparing graduates to provide professional clinical services. While research is not the central focus, it is highly valued particularly in the context of how to apply research clinically. However, The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs focus on research as a central aspect of the program. If you are strongly drawn towards research and are interested in pursuing a research-focused degree and career see our list of The 50 Best Ph.D. Programs in Clinical Psychology.

Psy.D. programs in clinical psychology offer students extensive clinical training in the classroom and in the community through practicum placements and internships. In collaboration with faculty, students in Psy.D. programs will also learn to generate, design, conduct, evaluate, publish, and present psychological research, as well as how to apply this scientific knowledge to the improvement of psychological functioning, and deliver empirically-supported psychological services.

Graduates with their Psy.D. in clinical psychology go on to pursue careers as professional clinical psychologists in clinical settings such as: community mental health centers, hospitals, schools, university counseling centers; veterans administration clinics, and of course private practice.

Some of the programs on this list are able to provide some funding to students accepted into their program. Funding when identified by the program is listed here. Most funding identified here is in the form of partial scholarships or assistantships that offer partial tuition waivers. Applicants should remember that even if a program is not able to provide funding, the universities may offer graduate students funding through scholarships, and work-study opportunities.

Related fields that offer doctoral level training are counseling psychology and school psychology. See our lists of The 50 Best Doctoral Programs in Counseling Psychology and The 50 Best Doctoral Programs in School Psychology.

See our methodology here.

50. American School of Professional Psychology – Southern California at Argosy University, Orange County  

Orange, CA

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Southern California offers a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology. Graduates of this program will be prepared to serve their community as a clinical psychologist. Concentrations are available in Child and Adolescent Psychology and in Forensic Psychology. Students are trained in their clinical work to provide ethical assessment and intervention to clinically and culturally diverse populations.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 56.63%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: N/A
  • Licensure Rate: 63%
  • Tuition: $37,184
  • Application Deadline: Not available &/or rolling admissions

Recent topics of student faculty research collaborations include:

  • Early intervention for the under-served autism spectrum disorder population
  • An examination of insulin restriction in women
  • An examination of sexting in a young adult population
  • An examination of trauma within chronic pelvic pain patients
  • Alcohol consumption and safe sex practices in community college students

For more information on American School of Professional Psychology – Southern California at Argosy University, Orange County

49. American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Washington, DC   

Arlington, VA

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Washington, DC values and integrates throughout the curriculum diversity and ethical issues. An emphasis of this program, in line with the practitioner-scholar model or training, is on helping students to become competent in critically evaluating professional literature. The goal is for graduates to use literature to inform their professional practice in their career as clinical psychologists. Students interested in a specific concentration may choose to focus on areas related to serving children and families or content such as forensics and health neuropsychology.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 59.20%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 39.86%
  • Licensure Rate: 85%
  • Tuition: $32,536
  • Application Deadline: Not available &/or rolling admissions

Recent topics of student faculty research collaborations include:

  • A cross-cultural examination of the influences of an Afrocentric worldview on body dissatisfaction
  • Doctoral-level training in psychological assessments and internship director satisfaction
  • Electronic gaming and motivation
  • Identifying invalid presentations in civil forensic evaluations

For more information on American School of Psychology at Argosy University, Washington, DC

48. Regent University   

Virginia Beach, VA

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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Regent University offers a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology that is a combined master’s and doctoral degree program offering students both an M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. This program provides students with a Christian perspective and approach to mental health while integrating the scientific and professional aspects of clinical psychology. Over 70% of alumni report that they serve under-served populations. The program admits 23 students into each year’s cohort from an applicant pool of about 100.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 60.16%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 58.86%
  • Licensure Rate: 82%
  • Tuition: $26,860
  • Funding: Regent University works to support and partner with students as they work to obtain their degree and can offer some scholarships ranging from $2,000 to the full cost of tuition.
  • Application Deadline: December 15th

Recent internship placement sites have included:

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences in Newark, NJ; Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA; Sioux Falls VA Healthcare System in Sioux Falls, SD; Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA; State Operated Forensic Services in St. Peter, MN; University of Virginia Counseling and Psychological Services in Charlottesville, VA; and Chicago Area Christian Training Consortium in Carol Stream, IL.

For more information on Regent University

47. American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area   

Alameda, CA

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University offers a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at their campus in the San Francisco Bay Area. Students in this program will begin work on a clinical research project in their second year and complete it before their fifth year in the program. Work on these projects often leads to publication or presentations at conferences in collaboration with faculty members. Due to being located in the San Francisco Bay Area a variety of practicum sites are available giving students the opportunity to serve a diverse and multicultural community.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 62%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 16.43%
  • Licensure Rate: 66%
  • Tuition: $38,346
  • Application Deadline: Not available &/or rolling admissions

Recent topics of student faculty research collaborations include:

  • An overview of anorexia nervosa in males
  • Clinicians’ perceptions of attachment-related difficulties in clients
  • Compassion-focused group therapy with a forensic population
  • Factors associated with dissertation completion among clinical psychology students
  • Mindfulness, smartphone apps, and emotion regulation: A mixed methods study
  • Giving voice to client suicide in clinical training programs: A trans-cultural phenomenon

For more information on American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area

46. Alliant International University, San Francisco Bay

San Francisco, CA

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology


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Alliant International University in San Francisco offers a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. The San Francisco campus offers four tracks in the Psy.D. program: child and family psychology; forensic family/child psychology; integrated health psychology; and social justice. Each track has a limited number of spaces. Students will choose the track they wish to pursue when they enter the program. This program uses the Local Clinical Scientist Model which focuses on applying research and practice-based evidence to clinical work with diverse populations.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 62%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 16.71%
  • Licensure Rate: 79%
  • Tuition: $34,968
  • Application Deadline: Not available &/or rolling admissions

Courses include:

Psychometrics, statistics, and research design; intercultural awareness development; advanced psychopathology; observation and interviewing; introduction to professional psychology; sociocultural diversity; and clinical and ethical issues.

For more information on Alliant International University, San Francisco Bay

45. Yeshiva University   

Bronx, NY

Psy.D. in School-Clinical Child Psychology

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Yeshiva University offers a Combined-Integrated School-Clinical Child Psychology Program. Students in this program experience a wide range of training and will have the opportunity to work with children, adolescents, families, and couples. Graduates of this program will be prepared to provide clinical services in a variety of settings including; schools, mental health clinics, and medical centers. Individuals who have completed a masters degree in school psychology and are state certified in school psychology are encouraged to apply.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 63.95%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 52.51%
  • Licensure Rate: 92.80%
  • Tuition: $35,750
  • Application Deadline: February 1st

Faculty research interests include:

Children and families at-risk for negative outcomes due to poverty and associated risk factors; parenting; teacher-child relations; children’s mental health; childhood trauma; developmental disabilities; graduate training issues; psychodynamic therapeutic approaches for children and adolescents; religion/spirituality; adolescents; multicultural issues; under-served populations; assessment procedures used by school psychologists; and anxiety and related disorders.

For more information on Yeshiva University

44. The Wright Institute   

Berkeley, CA

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The Wright Institute is located in Berkeley, CA. This Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program encourages students to think critically and examine how interpersonal factors impact the clinical experience. This program requires the completion of three years of coursework followed by a year each of dissertation and internship experience. A unique feature of the Wright Institute is that there are several student groups available to support students through the program.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 64%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 38.29%
  • Licensure Rate: 73%
  • Tuition: $32,500
  • Application Deadline: January 15th

Psy.D. Program Student Groups include:

Psychologists for Social Responsibility; Wright Institute Research Consultation Center; Wright Institute Caregivers; Wright Institute Students of Color; Students of Color Support Group; Pride; White Privilege Accountability Group; and Almuerzo en Español.

For more information on The Wright Institute

43. Spalding University   

Louisville, KY

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The School of Professional Psychology at Spalding University offers a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with the opportunity to work towards additional training in the areas of adult psychology, child/adolescent/family Psychology, forensic psychology, and health psychology. The program is a generalist program with areas of emphasis available. Students in this program will complete a dissertation as well as four levels of clinical practicum.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 64.29%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 77.57%
  • Licensure Rate: 89%
  • Tuition: $27,750
  • Funding: Spalding University’s School of Professional Psychology received a 2.4 million dollar federal grant ($650,000/year for four years) for Graduate Student Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students. The grant will provide tuition assistance for doctoral students in the clinical psychology program. The award was made possible through a grant from the Health Resources Services Administration.
  • Application Deadline: January 5th

Courses include:

Motivation, emotion, and cognition; ethics in clinical psychology; introduction to intervention; foundations of psychological assessment; research methods and design; multicultural issues and competency in psychology; assessment of personality, behavioral, and emotional functioning; group psychotherapy, interpersonal psychotherapy; and psychopharmacology.

For more information on Spalding University

42. Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Phoenix   

Phoenix, AZ

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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Argosy University offers a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology in Phoenix. The goals of this program are to prepare professional psychologists to use current research in clinical practice while having a strong understanding of and commitment to serving diverse populations. Students in this program will complete a clinical research project with the goal of developing and learning to utilize strong research skills.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 65%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 47.57%
  • Licensure Rate: 79%
  • Tuition: $33,698
  • Application Deadline: Not available &/or rolling admissions

Recent topics of student faculty research collaborations include:

  • Spanish speaking group therapy for Latino parents
  • Predicting outcome of gastric bypass surgery utilizing personality scale elevations, psychosocial factors, and diagnostic group membership
  • An empirical study of the personality characteristics of internet sex offenders
  • Internship as the capstone experience
  • One state’s experience with licensure at graduation

For more information on the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University – Phoenix

41. Azusa Pacific University   

Azusa, CA

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University focuses on seven core competencies in educating and training students. The core competencies are: research and evaluation, relationship, assessment, intervention, diversity, consultation and education, and management and supervision. This Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program has an emphasis in Family Psychology. This program provides an academic schedule that allows students to continue working while they complete their degree. Additionally, this program has a Christian values orientation integrating theology and psychology.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 65.06%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 59.5%
  • Licensure Rate: 76%
  • Tuition: $971/unit
  • Funding: Military members—and in some cases their spouses and dependents—qualify for financial assistance covering tuition, housing, and books.
  • Application Deadline: January 5th

Courses include:

Theories of personality and psychotherapy; psychotherapy and cultural diversity; Christian spiritual formation and psychotherapy; family therapy; theories of change and evidence-based treatment; adult psychology; addictive behaviors; biblical ethics and psychotherapy; treatment planning; gerontology; and moral and spiritual identity formation in the family.

For more on Azusa Pacific University

40. Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago   

Chicago, IL

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Chicago offers a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. The program can be completed in four years but must be completed within 7 years. Students will complete a clinical research project where they will explore in depth a particular area in clinical psychology. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on publishing and presenting research. A couple of examples of recent research project topics include: “Who’s Googled whom? Trainees’ Internet and online social networking experiences, behaviors, and attitudes with clients and supervisors” and “Special issues in transgender health.”

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 65.82%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 35.71%
  • Licensure Rate: 79%
  • Tuition: $38,346
  • Application Deadline: Not available &/or rolling admissions

Courses include:

History and systems, child and adolescent development; personal and professional development group; statistics; research methods, health and dysfunction; survey of diversity and multicultural psychology; issues in the assessment and treatment of racially and ethnically diverse populations; introduction to clinical psychopharmacology and substance abuse; consultation in diverse settings; and family and couples therapy.

For more information on Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University

39. Alliant International University, San Diego   

San Diego, CA

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

The Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program at the San Diego campus of Alliant International University focuses on both clinical expertise and clinical scholarship. A unique feature of this program is that students are required to participate in 40 hours of individual psychotherapy for a minimum of three years (with a licensed psychologist) for graduation from the program. Students should be able to complete the program in a minimum of four to five years.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 67.27%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 6.86%
  • Licensure Rate: 73%
  • Tuition: $33,840
  • Application Deadline: Not available &/or rolling admissions

Areas of emphasis include:

Assessment; family/ child psychology; forensic psychology; integrative psychology; multicultural and international; and psychodynamic.

For more information on Alliant International University – San Diego

38. Marshall University   

Huntington, WY

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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Marshall University offers a Doctor of Psychology that prepares graduates to provide mental health services to diverse populations particularly to rural and other underserved communities. Students in this program may choose between a full-time and a part-time track. The faculty at Marshall University make an effort to reach out to students considering the Psy.D. program to support students in learning more about their program and making an informed decision when it comes to graduate school. Faculty are available to meet interested students for lunch at appointed times throughout the fall. See the programs website for more information.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 67.74%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 48.29%
  • Licensure Rate: 84%
  • Tuition: $9,974
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Courses include:

Individual psychotherapy/ interviewing; psychotherapy; differential diagnosis and treatment planning; ethics; cognitive psychology; developmental psychology; studies in human sexuality; cross cultural psychology; child and family diagnosis/ therapy; clinic, community, and rural practicum; geropsychology; chemical dependency; and group therapy.

For more information on Marshall University

37. Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University   

Eagan, MN

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University offers a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology. Students in this program have the opportunity to complete a Clinical Research Project. This project can lead students to further scholarship such as publications and presentations. Students often have the chance to collaborate with faculty on research projects. Some recent examples of topics of student and faculty collaboration in research include: “Equine-facilitated psychotherapy as a complementary treatment intervention;” “Meta-analysis of supplemental treatment for depressive and anxiety disorders in patients being treated for alcohol dependence;” and “Virtual reality exposure therapy for combat-related Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: A meta-analysis.”

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 69.15%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 29%
  • Licensure Rate: 77%
  • Tuition: $37,184
  • Application Deadline: Not available &/or rolling admissions

Courses include:

Introduction to diverse populations; professional issues: ethics, conduct, and law; life span development; cognition and affective processes; social psychology; statistics and research; psychopathology; consultation and supervision; cognitive behavioral theory and therapy; person-centered and experiential theory and therapy; basic intervention skills; and assessment and treatment of children and families.

For more information on Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University

36. Chestnut Hill College   

Philadelphia, PA

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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Chestnut Hill College provides students in the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program the choice of concentrations in psychological assessment or couple and family therapy. Students entering the program in the first year will earn a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology as they work towards their doctoral degree. This program follows a cohort model allowing students the benefit of of developing supportive relationships and encouraging collaboration.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 69.23%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 33.71%
  • Licensure Rate: 70.20%
  • Tuition: $32,505
  • Funding: Assistantships that provide partial tuition remission are available for a limited number of qualified students.
  • Application Deadline: January 5th

Courses include:

Psychopathology; development across the lifespan: individual and family; introduction to couple and family therapy; research design and methodology; legal and ethical issues in psychotherapy; a systemic approach to the problems of adolescents; the role of culture and gender in psychotherapy; and group therapy.

For more information on Chestnut Hill College

35. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine   

Philadelphia, PA

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) offers a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. An emphasis of the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at PCOM is on training clinicians to be advocates as well as to attend to under-served populations. Specialized training is available in cognitive-behavioral therapy. Additionally, at PCOM, psychologists are trained to treat the whole person through work in primary care settings and through collaboration with primary care physicians. Classes are held on weekday evenings.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 71.13%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: N/A
  • Licensure Rate: 70%
  • Tuition: $34,844
  • Funding: The Psychology Department provides opportunities for students to secure funding through assistantships and federal work study positions.
  • Application Deadline: Not available &/or rolling admissions

Courses include

Behavioral medicine; learning theory; ethics; professional development seminar; social psychology; lifespan development; human diversity: multiculturalism/ individual differences; psychopathology; professional development seminar; cognitive therapy; physiological bases of behavior; and behavioral therapy.

For more information on Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

34. Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology   

Milwaukee, WI

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology offers a Psy.D. degree with areas of specialization in either Child or Adult Clinical Psychology. This program is flexible in scheduling, allowing students to be enrolled full or part time, but the program must be completed within 10 years. All required courses are offered in the evening. This program offers a forensic sequence with courses designed for students who hope to build a professional forensic psychology practice.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 72.09%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 37.71%
  • Licensure Rate: 75%
  • Tuition: $34,200
  • Funding: Some funding in the form of tuition waivers is available through assistantships.
  • Application Deadline: January 1st

Courses include:

Introduction to cognitive assessment; lifespan developmental psychology; ethics and professional issues; personality theories; introduction to clinical skills; diversity in clinical practice; social psychology; community psychology and consultation; group psychotherapy and practicum; biopsychology; health psychology; and supervision in clinical psychology.

For more information on Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology

33. Fuller Theological Seminary  

Pasadena, CA

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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Fuller Theological Seminary offers a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology and also offers the opportunity for students to integrate psychology and theology. The School of Psychology offers a range of integration-specific courses for students to choose based on their personal and professional interests. Fuller’s School of Psychology has been working towards the integration of Christian faith and psychology since 1965. The integration of psychology and theology extends from the classroom into clinics, and research labs.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 72.22%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 42.29%
  • Licensure Rate: 78%
  • Tuition: $28,870
  • Application Deadline: Early November 10th. Final December 10th.

Integrated courses include:

Forgiveness and reconciliation in clinical practice; narrative and family life; touchstone course in theology and psychology; introduction to integration; Christians who counsel; portraits of human nature; spiritual interventions in therapy; foundations of Christian therapy; theological and psychological models of disorder; trauma and faith; psychology of virtue; and psychology of religion.

For more information on Fuller Theological Seminary

32. Antioch University New England   

Keene, NH

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The Department of Clinical Psychology, at Antioch University in New England, runs three different centers that benefit our students in the program. The centers are: The Psychological Services Center; the Multicultural Center for Research and Practice; and the Center for Behavioral Health Innovation. Doctoral students have the opportunity to provide clinical services and conduct research at these programs under the supervision of and in collaboration with faculty members. Graduates in this program will be prepared to contribute to the field of clinical psychology in a number of ways including therapy, research, management, administration, and public policy.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 72.39%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 53.29%
  • Licensure Rate: 81%
  • Tuition: $35,454
  • Application Deadline: November 30th or January 4th

Elective concentration courses include:

Clinical neuropsychology; object relations theory; family therapy; psychological evaluation assessments for clinics, schools, and courts; forensic psychology; health psychology; cognitive-behavior therapy; contemporary psychoanalytic practice; brief psychotherapy; aftermath and treatment of trauma; and empirically supported treatments.

For more information on Antioch University New England

31. Florida Institute of Technology   

Melbourne, FL

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The Doctor of Psychology program at Florida Institute of Technology offers students the opportunity to choose a concentration of study within the field. The four areas of concentration available are: family/child psychology; forensic psychology; neuropsychology/health psychology; and integrated behavioral healthcare/ health psychology. Specific courses, research opportunities, and practicum placement sites are available to students within their area of concentration. Students will have an educational experience tailored to meet their career goals as professional psychologists.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 72.53%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 83.71%
  • Licensure Rate: 85%
  • Tuition: $29,430
  • Application Deadline: January 15th

Areas of study for forensic psychology careers can include:

Expert witnessing; jury selection; evaluating for competency to stand trial; evaluating for mental status at the time of a crime; working with sex offenders; and child custody evaluations.

For more information on Florida Institute of Technology

30. Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale offers a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. Students in this program have the opportunity to choose an area of concentration. The concentration includes electives, an approved practicum, and research with faculty in the specified area. Concentrations/ tracks available: child, adolescent, and family psychology; multicultural diversity; forensic psychology; neuropsychology; health psychology; psychodynamic psychotherapy; and long-term mental illness.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 74.74%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 55.13%
  • Licensure Rate: 84%
  • Tuition: $975
  • Application Deadline: January 8th

Courses include:

Adult psychopathology; professional issues and ethics; assessment of child and adolescent intelligence; diversity in assessment and intervention; history and systems of psychology; systems/ family therapy; research design; psychobiology; psychopharmacology; social aspects of behavior; and consultation and supervision.

For more information about Nova Southeastern University

29. University of Hartford   

West Hartford, CT

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The Clinical Psychology program at the University of Hartford offers an optional Child and Adolescent Proficiency track. This track is designed to prepare graduates of the program to provide much needed advocacy and support to children and families of children experiencing mental illness. The aim is to prepare professional child psychologists with the ability to evaluate, create, and utilize interventions and systems of support for children and their families. Additionally, all students will be involved in serving underserved populations within the community through practicum experience.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 75%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 75.86%
  • Licensure Rate: 95%
  • Tuition: $25,015
  • Funding: A limited number of stipends are available to qualified students who serve as graduate assistants in the Psy.D. program’s clinical, research, administrative, and teaching activities. There are also several Diversity Fellowships and an Advocacy Fellowship awarded by the program to a student who works with the Connecticut Psychological Association on advocacy projects.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Faculty interests include:

Cognitive-behavioral therapy, community treatment of serious mental illness; legal issues in mental health; individual, family and group mental health services; ethnic minority mental health disparity; Asian-American mental health; alcohol and substance use disorders; culturally adapted interventions; diagnostic issues in ethnic minority; pediatric health psychology; domestic violence; multicultural training and curricula development; gay, lesbian, and bisexual issues; ethics; forensics; and clinical doctoral training and administration.

For more information on University of Hartford

28. Chicago School of Professional Psychology – Chicago Campus  

Chicago, IL

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The Chicago School’s Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program in Chicago prepares students to become culturally competent professional psychologists. Students in this program will learn four primary intervention orientations: cognitive-behavioral; psychodynamic; humanistic existential, and systems. A unique feature of this program is the Research Clerkship model, in which first-year students get matched with a faculty member through which they will receive support in research and on their dissertation.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 75.51%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 54%
  • Licensure Rate: 65%
  • Tuition: $48,470
  • Application Deadline: Early Deadline: November 10. General Deadline: March 15.

Courses include:

Professional development; intellectual assessment; clinical and diagnostic interviewing, diversity in clinical psychology; personality assessment; professional issues and ethics; psychology of the lifespan; psychometric theory and quantitative methods; qualitative methods; introduction to human neuropsychology; and supervision, consultation, and professional practice.

For more information on the Chicago School of Professional Psychology

27. Pepperdine University   

Los Angeles, CA

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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Over 95% of courses in Pepperdine’s Psy.D. Clinical Psychology program are taught by tenured or tenure-track faculty. This program is located on the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus. Applicants interested in this program must have a master’s degree in psychology or a closely related field, students currently completing their master’s degree must be able to show that they will complete their degree before starting this one in the fall. Students in this program will complete a clinical dissertation with the goal of contributing to the field of clinical psychology.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 75.64%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 67.43%
  • Licensure Rate: 82%
  • Tuition: $57,600
  • Application Deadline: January 8th

Courses include:

Sociocultural foundations of behavior; ethical, legal, and professional issues; research methods in clinical psychology; history and systems of clinical psychology; data analysis in empirical research; theories and techniques; proseminar in professional development; and dissertation writing.

For more information on Pepperdine University

26. Marywood University   

Scranton, PA

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The Clinical Psychology program at Marywood University places a value on preparing students to provide culturally sensitive services to diverse populations. This generalist program, with a cognitive-behavioral focus, allows students to focus on child or adult populations through elective selections. Community practicum sites include: community mental health agencies; hospitals; forensic sites; university counseling centers; and private practice.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 76%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 57.04%
  • Licensure Rate: 81%
  • Tuition: $22,413
  • Funding: All students receive some scholarship aid in the form of a partial tuition waiver during their first two to four years in the program.
  • Application Deadline: January 5th

Courses include:

Introduction to individual psychotherapy; research methods and statistics; cognitive-behavioral therapy; child psychopathology; social psychology; group psychotherapy; multicultural issues in psychology; marital and family therapy; professional ethics; and child psychotherapy.

For more information on Marywood University

25. Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University   

Tampa, FL

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The Clinical Psychology program at the Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University follows a practitioner-scholar model of training. Students in this program will complete a clinical research project. The purpose of the clinical research project is to support students in developing the skills to integrate clinical knowledge and research in order to produce new scholarly research in the field. This research can lead to the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on publications on presentations.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 76.58%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 63.43%
  • Licensure Rate: 87%
  • Tuition: $33,698
  • Application Deadline: Not available &/or rolling admissions

Recent articles, posters, and presentations have included:

  • Identifying strengths, vulnerabilities, and areas for intervention in Couples: An integrated assessment approach
  • The influence of individual, peer, and family factors on child adjustment: An integrated case study
  • Liberty and justice for some: Addressing the need for advocacy and better treatment for transgender and gender nonconforming inmates
  • LGBTQ Youth and the Foster Care System
  • The neuropsychological correlates of bipolar disorder and implications for family treatment

For more on Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University

24. George Fox University   

Newberg, OR

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The Doctor of Psychology program at George Fox University offers a program integrating a Christian faith perspective throughout coursework, research, and clinical training. This is the only APA accredited Psy.D. program at a Christian university in the Northwest and one of only six such schools in the nation. This program follows a cohort model to support students in working together in a community based program. Graduates of this program have gone on to work in therapy, consultation, psychological assessment, test development, higher education, and research.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 77.19%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 58.71%
  • Licensure Rate: 87%
  • Tuition: $31,882
  • Application Deadline: Early Notification Deadline: November 15. Final Application Deadline: January 15.

Five areas of emphasis are offered within the generalist program are:

Assessment; health psychology; integration of faith and psychology; child and adolescent; and psychotherapy.

For more on George Fox University

23. Pace University   

New York, NY

Psy.D. in School-Clinical Child Psychology

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The Psy.D. in School-Clinical Psychology at Pace University’s New York campus prepares graduates to provide professional clinical and education expertise and consultation services in school and clinical psychology. Graduates will be prepared to work with children and families across a variety of systems of service delivery. Most programs require that students be enrolled on a full-time basis however, Pace University allows students in this program to enroll on a full-time or part-time basis, but the program must be completed within 10 years.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 77.48%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 60.71%
  • Licensure Rate: 73%
  • Tuition: $26,400
  • Funding: Whenever possible, paid internships are arranged in order to help reduce students financial cost.
  • Application Deadline: January 15th

Courses include:

Introduction to school and clinical psychology; tests and measurements; learning disabilities- diagnosis/ remediation: theories and practice; multicultural and gender intervention issues; statistics and research design; child and adolescent psychotherapy; the exceptional child- field experience and seminar; early childhood and infant assessment; advanced psychpathology; group interventions; family interventions; and developmental disabilities.

For more information on Pace University

22. Biola University   

La Mirada, CA

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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Biola University’s Rosemead School of Psychology integrates a Christian worldview into the Clinical Psychology program. Rosemead School of Psychology is located on the campus of America’s only all-Christian research university. The Journal of Psychology and Theology, a research journal focused on the integration of psychology and theology, is published by the Institute for Research on Psychology and Spirituality at Rosmead. Students in this program have the opportunity to collaborate on research projects in areas including areas related to psychology, theology, and spirituality.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 78.38%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 44.86%
  • Licensure Rate: 79%
  • Tuition: $28,058
  • Funding: Numerous opportunities for financial support—including grants, scholarships, and loans—are available to students with demonstrated need. Rosemead students also have the opportunity to secure funding through work as a TA during their time in the program.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Faculty research interests include

Trauma resilience; cultural and diversity issues; language development; rural psychology; integration of psychology and theology; sexual and reproductive issues after cancer; attachment theory and spirituality; women’s issues; missions and mental health; relational spirituality; interpersonal neurobiology; gender; religious epistemology; marriage; grief and loss; child abuse issues; borderline personality disorder; same-sex attraction issues; and spiritual formation and psychological resilience.

For more information on Biola University

21. Wright State University   

Dayton, OH

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The Psy.D. Clinical Psychology program at Wright State University emphasizes a generalist training in order to prepare graduates to enter the profession with a broad foundation in clinical psychology. At the same time students will have the opportunity to explore speciality areas of interest in depth through internships and postdoctoral training. Areas of focus include a child emphasis, health psychology, neuropsychology, or forensic psychology. Approximately 25 students are admitted to this program each year. The retention rate (number of students that have graduated on time with their degree) for this program is 89%.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 78.68%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 82.43%
  • Licensure Rate: 86%
  • Tuition: $36,816
  • Funding: The School of Professional Psychology offers several academic scholarships for students who are accepted into the program. Additionally, the program offers several practicum placements that are paid.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Potential clinical practicum sites include:

Cassano Health Center; Wallace-Kettering Neuroscience Institute; Dayton Children’s Medical Center; Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center; Community Memory Clinic; Cincinnati VA; Center for Adolescent Services; Chillicothe Correctional Institution; Dayton Municipal Court – Probation Department; Ohio Reformatory for Women; and Summit Behavioral Healthcare.

For more information on Wright State University

20. Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Atlanta   

Atlanta, GA

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Atlanta offers a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. Students can choose an areas of emphasis to focus their studies on. Graduates of this program will be competent in multiple psychotherapy approaches including; cognitive-behavioral; psychodynamic; family and couples; and group. Graduates will be prepared for careers as professional psychologists with a strong understanding of the importance of the integration of research in practice; issues related to the assessment and treatment of diverse populations; and professional ethics and standards.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 80.53%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 56.86%
  • Licensure Rate: 88%
  • Tuition: $33,698
  • Application Deadline: Not available &/or rolling admissions

Program concentrations and areas of strength include:

General adult clinical psychology; child and family psychology; neuropsychology; geropsychology; health psychology; trauma psychology; child maltreatment; and brief psychotherapy.

For more information on The Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University

19. Wheaton College   

Wheaton, IL

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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Wheaton College offers a Christian doctoral program in clinical psychology. It is one of only six APA accredited Christian doctoral programs in clinical psychology in the United States. The program follows the practitioner-scholar model of training while being grounded in Christian faith. While in the program students will have the chance to choose from over 100 clinical training sites and over one dozen research labs. The research labs allow students to collaborate with faculty and deeply engage in research.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 80.72%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 74.57%
  • Licensure Rate: 82%
  • Tuition: $37,430
  • Funding: The program reports that first year tuition is greater than subsequent years due to students completing more credits during that time. The Doctor of Psychology Program is committed to providing direct scholarship aid to students. Every student receives scholarships which typically range from $6,000 to $10,000.
  • Application Deadline: December 15th

Current research labs include:

Humanitarian Disaster Institute Applied Research Lab; Urban Community Health Lab; Psychology and Spirituality Research Lab; Missions Matters Lab; Psychology in Education Lab; Community Health and Justice Lab; Emerging Adults Lab; Complex Trauma: Impact & Adaptation Lab; Neurocognitive Functioning Lab; and Youth Risk and Resilience Lab.

For more information on Wheaton College

18. Pacific University, Oregon   

Hillsboro, OR

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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Pacific University was founded in Forest Grove, Oregon in 1849 by Congregationalist pioneers.The faculty at Pacific University have a wide range of interests that provide students with access to a depth of theoretical perspectives, assessment, research, consultation, and supervision skills. Students in this program have the opportunity to choose a specialty track with specific courses, research focuses, and clinical experiences that meet their individual interests and career goals.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 80.83%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 53.29%
  • Licensure Rate: 82%
  • Tuition: $31,857
  • Funding: A number of assistantships and scholarships are available to students in the range of $1,000 – $4,000 per term.
  • Application Deadline: December 16th

Clinical track options available:

Adult track; child and adolescent track; forensic track; health track; latino bilingual track; and neuropsychology track.

For more information on Pacific University

17. Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus   

Brookville, NY

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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Long Island University offers a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. Students in this program can specialize in serious mental illnesses, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), interventions with high-risk families, and substance use disorders. The program places an emphasis on working with under-served populations. The faculty provide clinical and theoretical training in both cognitive-behavioral and psychoanalytic orientations. Students will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of clinical training placements (including inpatient, outpatient, and community mental health facilities) in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 81.72%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 84.43%
  • Licensure Rate: 86.40%
  • Tuition: $47,972
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Unique feature:

Long Island University Post was the only Psy.D. program in the country chosen to “implement and evaluate a clinician-scientist training curriculum to increase clinical, research, and training competence in Dialectical Behavior Therapy”. To learn more about this project visit the program’s website.

For more information on Long Island University

16. Yeshiva University   

Bronx, NY

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program at Yeshiva University’s (YU) Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology was established in 1979 scholar-practitioner model of training. Students learn to integrate research and theory in clinical practice. Students are trained cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and couples and family therapy. Students may choose to specialize in a variety of areas such as anxiety and depressive disorders, emotional regulation, positive psychology, trauma and neuropsychology. Diversity is valued and a focus is placed on multiculturalism and diversity throughout the program’s coursework and clinical experiences.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 81.95%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 71.14%
  • Licensure Rate: 84%
  • Tuition: $36,470
  • Application Deadline: January 1st

Courses include:

Physiological psychology; multicultural diversity; cognitive therapy; positive psychology; adult psychopathology; issues in professional practice; self psychology; clinical assessment with practicum; couples therapy; research methods; psychological assessment and treatment of older adults; object relations theory and therapy; the teaching and learning of psychotherapy; and data analysis.

For more information on Yeshiva University

15. Loma Linda University   

Loma Linda, CA

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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Students in the Psy.D. program at Loma Linda University will begin supervised clinical work experience at the end of their first year in the program. The psychology clinic provides students the opportunity to receive supervised training in working with individuals, couples, and families. Students will also engage in clinical training in a variety of clinical settings throughout the community including at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Students have the opportunity to work with diverse populations as they provide a range of services from addiction treatment to forensic neuropsychological evaluations.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 82%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 62.43%
  • Licensure Rate: 74%
  • Tuition: $32,200
  • Funding: Student funding offered through research/teaching assistantships, and other positions is available to students on a competitive basis.
  • Application Deadline: December 31st

Faculty research interests include:

Clinical health psychology; cross-cultural psychology; conflict and violence; post traumatic stress disorder in military veterans; sports fan dynamics; cognitive neuroscience; development of learning and memory abilities; assessment and treatment of binge eating disorder; negative affect and cigarette smoking; stress and health; religion and health; developmental psychopathology; screening and intervention for postpartum depression in primary care; and psychotherapy outcomes.

For more information on Loma Linda University

14. William James College   

Newton, MA

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The Clinical Psychology Department at William James College enrolls a class of approximately 100 students into the Psy.D. program each fall. This is a far larger number than most programs accept. The program aims to attract a diverse population of students. Students come from a wide range of cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds and bring a variety of life experiences thereby enriching the program for all students. Approximately 13% of the students are international students representing over 25 countries. The programs diverse student body reflects William James College commitment to and value of diversity.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 82.76%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 21.29%
  • Licensure Rate: 57%
  • Tuition: $39,936
  • Application Deadline: For Early Consideration: Tuesday, December 1, 2015. For General Consideration: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Program concentration options:

Children and families of adversity and resilience; clinical health psychology; forensic psychology; geropsychology; latino mental health; military and veterans psychology; and neuropsychology.

For more information on William James College

13. James Madison University   

Harrisonburg, VA

Psy.D. in Clinical and School Psychology

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James Madison University (JMU) offers a Combined – Integrated (CI) Doctoral Program in Clinical and School Psychology. Graduates with this degree will be eligible for licensure as a clinical psychologist and licensure/certification as a school psychologist. This Combined – Integrated Doctoral program was JMU’s first doctoral program. This program is designed for students who already have an advanced degree (M.A./M.S. or Ed.S.) in a mental health field such as clinical, school, or counseling psychology. This program will attract students who wish to receive additional training in order to become leaders in the field of mental health. This program can be completed in four years (three years of coursework and one year of internship).

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 83.87%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 91.29%
  • Licensure Rate: 91%
  • Tuition: $1,095 / credit
  • Funding: All students are guaranteed to receive teaching or graduate assistantships during each of the three years they are engaged in their coursework on campus. Assistantships include full tuition coverage (at least 36 credit hours for each academic year, including fall, spring, and summer semesters) and funding of approximately $14,500 annually. For the GA and TA positions, students are expected to commit up to 20 hours per week to assistantship duties during the Fall and Spring semesters and 10 hours per week during the Summer.
  • Application Deadline: February 1st

This program is unique from the other Psy.D. programs on this list for three main reasons:

1) this is a combined integrated doctoral program in clinical and school psychology; 2) applicants must have an advanced degree to apply for this program; 3) JMU offers full funding for all students accepted into the program.

For more information on James Madison University

12. University of Denver   

Denver, CO

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Denver is founded in the practitioner/scholar model of training. The program emphasizes four areas of training: academic coursework; in house clinical work; community-based clinical work; and departmental mentorship. Students have the opportunity to choose from over 130 practicum sites for clinical training. A unique feature of this program is that second-year students engage in a four-course multicultural sequence to enhance cultural competency. Students in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) have the opportunity to take courses (on topics such as education, law, international studies) in other colleges, schools, and departments within the University that are relevant to their careers as professional psychologists.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 84.95%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 72.57%
  • Licensure Rate: 80%
  • Tuition: $57,552
  • Application Deadline: December 4th

Dual degree options

For students that are interested the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) offers a flexible dual degree program (PsyD/JD) with the College of Law in which the student earns both the PsyD and the JD degree. The student must be admitted to both programs. GSPP and the College of Education jointly offer the requirements for certification as a school psychologist. GSPP also participates with Iliff School of Theology and other DU departments in a joint doctoral program of religion and psychological studies.

For more information on University of Denver

11. University of Indianapolis   

Indianapolis, IN

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The University of Indianapolis offers a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. Students in this program have the opportunity to choose one of the following areas of concentration: health psychology and behavioral medicine; childhood and adolescent psychology; and adult psychopathology and psychotherapy. Throughout the program an emphasis is placed on areas including, but not limited to, integration of theory and practice, respect for individual and cultural diversity, and ethical practice. Clinical training is offered at a variety of diverse settings including; VA medical centers, university counseling centers, psychiatric hospitals, residential facilities, correctional facilities, and specialized facilities for domestic violence.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 87.91%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 67%
  • Licensure Rate: 90%
  • Tuition: $30,024
  • Funding: Each year, four to six graduate assistantships are awarded to incoming Psy.D. students. Assistantships typically are provided for up to three academic years. The assistantship covers covers approximately one-fourth of the student’s tuition. Additionally, the School of Psychological Sciences offers a Diversity Fellowship for the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology, which consists of full remission of tuition for all graduate coursework. Tuition is reduced to an annual fee of less than $3,200 during predoctoral internship year (no per credit hour cost).
  • Application Deadline: January 10th

Faculty areas of interest include:

Multicultural psychology; multicultural counseling and therapy; adjustment issues for African American students attending predominantly white universities; emotional and physical well-being of stigmatized group members; motives for exercise; professional identity development; PTSD; vulnerability factors; substance abuse counseling; interpersonal relationships and health; online self-presentation and relational dynamics; forensic assessment; adolescent alcohol and other substance abuse; depression and mood disorders; effects of peers during development; coping and illness; schizophrenia; and rehabilitation psychology.

For more information on University of Indianapolis

10. Roosevelt University   

Chicago, IL

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program at Roosevelt University’s Chicago Campus will prepare graduates to practice as professional clinical psychologists with the skills to integrate research with practice in serving culturally diverse clients. Students in this program will have the opportunity to collaborate with peers and faculty on research teams. The faculty have a broad range of areas of research and interests.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 89.74%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 84.14%
  • Licensure Rate: 85%
  • Tuition: $22,595
  • Application Deadline: December 15th

Faculty areas of research and interest include:

Psychology and the law; eyewitness testimony; service delivery for under-served populations; psychological instruments for Spanish-speaking clients; perceptions of and regrets about romantic relationships; stress and depression; family systems; health psychology; neuroimaging; neuropsychology; human development; sexual violence; pseudoscience and paranormic thinking; and ethnic and multicultural studies.

For more information on Roosevelt University

9. Widener University   

Chester, PA

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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Widener University’s doctoral program in psychology is the longest-running doctor of psychology program in the United States. This program offers certificate tracks in biofeedback, neuropsychology, and school psychology. Students in this program will gain supervised clinical skills providing services in the community through the programs centers including the: Biofeedback Clinic and Certification Center; Neuropsychology Assessment Center; Child Therapy Clinic; and Organizational Development Services.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 89.94%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 100%
  • Licensure Rate: 84%
  • Tuition: $29,468
  • Application Deadline: December 7th

Dual degree options

A unique feature of the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program at Widener University is that they offer students that are interested the opportunity to earn dual degrees in business (PsyD/MBA), business/healthcare management (PsyD/MBA-HCM) criminal justice (PsyD/MACJ), and human sexuality (PsyD/MEd).

For more information on Widener University

8. Xavier University   

Cincinnati, OH

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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Founded in 1831, Xavier is a Jesuit Catholic university offering a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. In alignment with the Jesuit tradition of serving those in need, students in this program will have the opportunity to choose an under-served population as a focus of study such as children, elderly, or the severely mentally disabled. Graduates of the program have pursued careers in community mental health centers, forensic or correctional agencies, medical centers, college counseling centers, and private practice.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 90.91%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 74.71%
  • Licensure Rate: 97%
  • Tuition: $9,216
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Faculty research interests include:Psychological testing; neuropsychology; attention and memory processes; woman’s issues; aging issues; issues related to sports; trauma-integrated treatment; culturally-tailored interventions; school-based mental health; personality characteristics of juvenile delinquents; addiction; licensure issues; pediatric psychology; emotion regulation; and psychosocial oncology.

For more information on Xavier University

7. La Salle University   

Philadelphia, PA

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Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

La Salle University’s Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology offers three areas of concentration in general practice, child clinical, and clinical health. Students will have opportunities to train in specific areas of interest such as behavioral medicine, neuropsychology, forensic psychology, suicide prevention, mindfulness, child psychology and autism. The Psychology Department holds an annual Diversity Forum on La Salle’s Main Campus highlighting students’ research on topics related to diversity. Graduates of this program have an employment rate of 98%.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 91.40%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 75.71%
  • Licensure Rate: 90%
  • Tuition: $930/Credit
  • Funding: A limited amount of tuition reduction funding is available for full time students enrolled in the first level of the program.
  • Application Deadline: January 8th

Courses include:

Psychological measurement and statistical analysis; psychotherapy lab; introduction to professional practice, ethics, and conduct; adult psychopathology; child and adolescent psychopathology; working with families in clinical psychology; pediatric psychology; issues in human diversity; neuropsychological assessment; psychopharmacology; clinic hypnosis; and consultation and education.

For more information on La Salle University

6. Loyola University Maryland   

Baltimore, MD

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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Loyola University, a Jesuit, Catholic university, offers a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. The Psy.D. program is designed to be completed in five years of full time study. The program must be completed (including completion of the dissertation and internship) within seven years of enrollment in the program. Graduates of this program will be competent in professional standards, intervention, assessment, supervision, consultation, and research in clinical psychology.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 91.55%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 83.43%
  • Licensure Rate: 85%
  • Tuition: $30,450
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Recent internship sites have included:

Madigan Army Medical Center; Tulane University School of Medicine; University of Delaware Counseling Center; Mount Washington; Pediatric Hospital; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology; VA Medical Center – Miami; University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Counseling Center; Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins Hospital; Baylor College of Medicine – Psychology & Behavioral Sciences; Virginia Beach City Public Schools; and Kansas State University Counseling Center.

For more information on Loyola University Maryland

5. Indiana University of Pennsylvania   

Indiana, PA

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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Indiana University of Pennsylvania was founded in 1875 and offers a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. The University has 12 doctoral degree programs and just over 2,000 graduate students. Students can complete this program in four calendar years of full-time study followed by a one year full-time internship. While faculty members have specific areas of interest, the program emphasizes a strong foundation in the scientific understanding of psychology as well as how to apply this understanding professionally.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 92.42%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 71%
  • Licensure Rate: 98%
  • Tuition: $24,934
  • Application Deadline: December 15th

Courses include:

Methods of intervention; clinical group techniques; family therapy; research methods in psychology; clinical research methods; advanced psychopathology; issues in developmental psychology; drugs and behavior; clinical neuropsychology; racial’ cultural, and gender issues in psychology; and advanced social psychology.

For more information on Indiana University of Pennsylvania

4. Palo Alto University   

Palo Alto, CA

PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium

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The faculty in PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium’s academic program come from Palo Alto University and the Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Many of the faculty who teach clinical courses are also clinicians bringing current and relevant perspectives to the classroom. Additionally, faculty are known as international experts in areas such as psychopharmacology and the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders. This program integrates coursework, clinical training, and research experience throughout the course of the program. Graduates of this program will be prepared to integrate evidence based practices in their professional careers as clinical psychologists.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 93.59%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 88.71%
  • Licensure Rate: 95%
  • Tuition: $45,054
  • Funding: A limited number of fellowships are available based on several criteria including merit, diversity, and financial need. Additionally, some funding is available through teaching assistantships and grants.
  • Application Deadline: Early consideration: December 2nd. General Consideration: January 2nd

Courses include:

Critical issues in clinical psychology; psychopathology across the lifespan; foundations of ethics and professional psychological practice; psychometrics; statistics and research methods; cognitive behavioral therapy for mood disorders; nature and treatment of anxiety disorders; psychological treatment for substance abuse; brief psychodynamic psychotherapy; group psychotherapy; culturally competent counseling; advanced professional issues: clinical emergencies & crises; and psychopharmacology for the psychologist.

For more information on Palo Alto University

3. Indiana State University   

Terre Haute, IN

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The Indiana State University Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program prepares graduates to become professional psychologists and contribute to the science of psychology through a strong education in clinical and research training. Students are encouraged to participate in faculty research from the beginning of their time in the program in preparation for the development of a dissertation research project. Graduates of this program will have a commitment to social justice through a value of individual and cultural diversity. Over the last three years 96% of students that participated were matched to APA-approved internship sites. Currently seven clinical and four experimental faculty members that teach in the Psy.D. program and 7-9 students are in each cohort.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 95%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 74%
  • Licensure Rate: 97%
  • Tuition: $15,687
  • Funding: Fee waivers are available to reduce tuition costs.
  • Application Deadline: December 5th

Courses include: 

Theories of personality; ability assessment; foundations of psychotherapy; history and foundations of clinical psychology; objective assessment; cognitive behavior therapy; advanced psychopathology; history and systems; multicultural counseling; advanced assessment and treatment; clinical research; professional clinical psychology; and supervision and consultation.

For more information on Indiana State University

2. Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey   

Piscataway, NJ

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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The Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program at Rutgers follows the scholar-practitioner model of training. Students in this program will receive training and education in diversity in areas including ethnicity, race, gender, and sexual orientation. Students are encouraged to focus on and develop their areas of interest and will determine the focus in collaboration with a faculty member. Areas of interest are student specific and have reflected a range of concentrations in the past such as: specific theoretical orientations; client populations; and specific mental health/ illness topics.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 98.67%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 93.86%
  • Licensure Rate: 92%
  • Tuition: $34,272
  • Funding: All incoming students are offered financial assistance for the first year. The minimum is usually $10,000. A university fellowship typically offers $15,000.00 plus tuition. After the first year, students may have the opportunity to obtain paid clinical research jobs.
  • Application Deadline: January 9th

Courses include:

Analytic foundations; learning theory and cognitive behavioral foundations; adult psychopathology; clinical interviewing and assessment; elements of psychodynamic therapy; systems theory and analysis; cognitive assessment; child psychopathology; cognitive and affective psychology; advanced statistics and research design; and history and systems.

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1. Baylor University   

Waco, TX

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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Baylor, the world’s largest Baptist university, aims to integrate academic excellence and Christian values. The Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at Baylor University offers a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. Students will develop clinical competencies in the classroom and the community. Students in this program will benefit from small class sizes as well as extensive experience in a variety of clinical practicum placements (3,000 hours) and clinical research (1,000 hours) with faculty. Each student will work in a different clinical practicum placement for each of the first three years followed by the fourth year in a faculty member’s lab gaining research experience. The program has a strong record of students receiving APA accredited internships.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 90.43%
  • Licensure Rate: 100%
  • Tuition: $40,905
  • Funding: Baylor offers financial support to students in the Psy.D. program. Funding is available in the form of practicum salaries, tuition remission, and a stipend.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Courses include:

Clinical and research practicum; ethics and professional issues in clinical psychology; psychological assessment; clinical psychopathology; developmental psychology; group and systems approaches to psychotherapy; history and systems; clinical intervention with children; neuropharmacology; biological foundations of behavior; clinical health psychology; and multicultural issues.

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Methodology for The 50 Best Psy.D. Programs in Clinical Psychology 2016

A list of American Psychological Association (APA) accredited Counseling Psychology programs was gathered from the APA web site. Programs listed as “Accredited, on probation” or “Accredited – Inactive” were not included in this ranking.

From this list of over 69 schools, we evaluated the Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) pass rates. The EPPP pass rate is widely considered to be evidence of a high quality program that offers high standards in education. Each program’s EPPP pass rate was gathered from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) web site.

Programs were then ranked based on the EPPP pass rate, highest to lowest.

Note: Internship placement rates, licensure percentage data, funding information, and mean time to complete program was gathered from the “Student Outcome, Admissions, and Other Data” listed on each program’s website.

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