Psy.D. Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

A Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program prepares graduates for careers as practicing clinical psychologists by building on a foundation of clinical, research-based and behavioral psychology. When choosing a Psy.D. program, students may want to consider program accreditation and concentrations.

How to Choose a Psy.D. School

A Doctor of Psychology degree allows students interested in the physical, developmental and social aspects of psychology to pursue their interests with a more advanced level of education on the subject. Students interested in furthering their education to the doctorate level have already met the prerequisite degree requirements and have the opportunity to choose a specific area of psychology on which to focus the next step of their education.

Students interested in a Doctor of Psychology degree may want to take the following into consideration:

  • Students may want to consider if the program is accredited, since this ensures that the program meets the highest industry standards.
  • Some schools may offer different concentration options for students seeking to study a specialized area of psychology.
  • Students may want to consider if a program meets state licensure requirements.
  • Students may want to look at programs that offer a variety of practicum opportunities in order to gain additional proficiency and experience.

Doctor of Psychology Program Overviews

Doctor of Psychology

The Psy.D. program emphasizes the practical application of psychology in private practice, hospitals, schools, industry and sports settings. Coursework includes studies in:

  • Biological psychology
  • Cognition
  • Human development
  • Social psychology
  • Clinical applications

Additional requirements may include practicums, internships and doctoral projects. A bachelor's degree in psychology or a related degree is required for admission to a Psy.D. program.

10 Schools for Psy.D Degrees

College/University Institution Type
American University 4-year, Private, not-for-profit
Boston University 4-year, Private, not-for-profit
Columbia University 4-year, Private, not-for-profit
Fordham University 4-year, Private, not-for-profit
New York University 4-year, Private, not-for-profit
University of Virginia 4-year, Public
University of Tulsa 4-year, Private, not-for-profit
Northwestern University 4-year, Private, not-for-profit
Northeastern University 4-year, Private, not-for-profit
Harvard University 4-year, Private, not-for-profit

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