The Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program trains students toward acquiring a broad base of knowledge in the science of psychology, acquiring competence in all aspects of conducting clinical research, acquiring competence in the practice of clinical psychology, and acquiring the professional attitudes and behaviors necessary for successful functioning as a psychologist.

For students selecting the Concentration in Children, Families, and Cultures a fifth goal is applicable: to become competent in knowledge, scholarship, and practice with children and families within their cultural contexts.

The Clinical Psychology program endeavors to create a diverse and supportive community in which students can develop the skills needed to become excellent clinical psychologists. Research skills are strongly emphasized as an integral part of the clinical program. The program is the largest graduate program in the Department of Psychology, and has been continuously accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association since 1948.


  • Mandatory courses
  • Comprehensive exams
  • Dissertation
  • Oral exam
  • Practicum in psychotherapy
  • Research apprenticeship
  • Internship
  • Externship
  • Three elective courses in the following non-clinical areas: biological bases of behavior (e.g., cognitive neuroscience), social bases of behavior (e.g., social development), cognitive-affective bases of behavior (e.g., psychology of emotions; cognitive aging).



    • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
    • Statement of purpose or “personal statement”
    • Clinical psychology interest form
    • Curriculum Vitae or resume
    • Three letters of recommendation, along with Recommendation Rating Form
    • GRE (the subject test in psychology is strongly recommended).