Top Schools with Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Programs

Find out about two top schools that offer doctoral degree programs in psychology. Read about the school and program rankings that make these institutions stand out.

School Overviews

Top schools for earning a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) or a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Psychology include Rutgers University and Baylor University. Both schools have graduate psychology programs that have ranked among the top 50 in the nation. Psy.D. programs take about 5-6 years of study and focus on practicing psychology rather than research, which is the focus of Ph.D programs. Many doctoral programs require 1-year internships during the course of study.

1. Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey

U.S. News & World Report recognized Rutgers University in 2010 by ranking it 26th among public schools and 66th among all national colleges and universities. In U.S. News & World Report's 2008 rankings, Rutgers was the only school to have a Psy.D. program place among the nation's top 50 graduate clinical psychology programs. The school also had the highest-ranking Psy.D. program on the 2005 Research in Developmental Disabilities list of top doctoral programs based on citations and publications by full-time faculty. The Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology offers three Doctor of Psychology tracks with emphases on hands-on clinical training, including clinical, school and organizational psychology.

2. Baylor University in Waco, Texas

Baylor University was ranked 80th in the nation in 2010 by U.S. News & World Report and was named a Best Western College by the Princeton Review in the same year. In 1971, the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience established the nation's second Doctor of Psychology program. The program was ranked 83rd in U.S. News & World Report's 2008 ranking of the best graduate schools with clinical psychology programs. The Psy.D. program was also recognized in the publication Psychology Exam Scores by Doctoral Program, which listed Baylor 74th among U.S. and Canadian schools with the highest cumulative Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) scores from 1997 to July 2006.

List of Ten Good Psy.D. Schools and Programs By Student Enrollment

School Name Distinction Location
Baylor University Baylor's clinical psychology program has been continually accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) longer than any other Psy.D. program in the country. Waco, TX
Hofstra UniversityThe Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program earned the Outstanding Training Program Award from the Association for Behavior & Cognitive Therapies in 2007. Hempstead, NY
Indiana State University For the past seven years, 87% of students in ISU's Psy.D. program have participated in APA-approved internship programs. Terre Haute, IN
Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus Graduate psychology students have access to a Human Interaction Lab, a Human Cognition Lab and a Physiological Lab. Indiana, PA
Long Island University - C.W. Post Campus This Psy.D. program is particularly designed to appeal to those students who hope to provide psychological services to underserved populations. Brookville, NY
Nova Southeastern University NSU's Center for Psychological Studies is home to a Psychology Services Center, through which students can gain experience providing outpatient care. Fort Lauderdale, FL
Pepperdine University The school provides students with clinical training within their first year of the Psy.D. program. Malibu, CA
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick Students in the clinical psychology program are matched with a mentor who will take them on for research projects. New Brunswick, NJ
University of Hartford The Doctor of Psychology program is a member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology. West Hartford, CT
Wright State University - Main Campus The university offers research-based doctoral programs that focus on either human factors psychology or industrial organizational psychology. Dayton, OH

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