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

School Highlight: Students in the Psy.D. program at Rutgers are able to gain a diverse education by creating individualized fields of study with classes in other related disciplines, such as education, management, and medicine.

U.S. News & World Report recognized Rutgers University in 2015 by ranking it 26th among public schools and 70th among all national colleges and universities. In U.S. News & World Report's 2012 rankings, Rutgers was the only school to have a Psy.D. program place among the nation's top 50 graduate clinical psychology programs. 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

School Highlight: Baylor's Psy.D. in clinical psychology offers students training in both academic and professional psychology, as well as around 3,000 hours of clinical experience and 1,000 hours of research experience.

Baylor University was ranked 71st in the nation in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report. In 1971, the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience established the nation's second Doctor of Psychology program. The program was ranked 79th in U.S. News & World Report's 2012 ranking of the best graduate schools with clinical psychology programs. 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.

Top Psy.D. Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Hofstra University The 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 the school's Center for Applied Psychology. 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
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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