It can be rather difficult to find PsyD programs offering full funding to students; however, below you will find an overview of these programs as well as a comparison between PsyD and Ph.D. degree paths, and finally an overview of common admission requirements that PsyD programs typically share.
Fully Funded PsyD Overview
There are a couple of fully funded PsyD programs where successfully admitted students can receive a tuition waiver, as well as potential stipends, awards, and scholarships. Upon completion of this program, students should be professionally qualified for clinical work as a psychologist. They should also be equipped with the tools they need to positively contribute to the field of psychology through effective methods of scientific inquiry, drawing on comprehensive research and extensive practical experience.
Students will learn both information specific to the study of school psychology as well as the competencies needed to enter into associated fields of work. Successful students in programs such as these should graduate with a full picture of the current science of psychology.
Potential concept areas for this program include;
- biological aspects of human behavior
- cognitive-affective aspects of human behavior
- history and systems of psychology
- research methodology, and more.
Students will have the opportunity to complete the clinical component of this degree through field training. These programs are designed to provide students with many hours of field experience through a number of field placement opportunities in different settings, such as community mental health centers, speech and hearing clinics, children's residential settings, and, university counseling centers.
These PsyD degree paths are designed to take approximately five years to complete, by way of a combination of coursework and practical experience.
PsyD vs Ph.D.
PsyD programs are newer and generally more geared toward qualifying students for professional specialization and clinical placement. Whereas Ph.D. programs are more traditional, more common, and easier to find with full funding.
There are some philosophical differences between these two programs;
Ph.D. programs are generally more researched focused and, as well as commonly qualifying graduates for clinical work, many successful Ph.D. candidates go into research and teaching positions.
On the other hand, PsyD programs are more closely focused on clinical competency and practical experience. PsyD programs will still have a research aspect; however, much of the focus will typically be on hands-on experience, contemporary methodologies, and practical education.
Common Admission Requirements for PsyD Programs
Programs such as these will typically need a record of all college-credit courses you have taken via official transcripts from all schools attended, including those college credits earned from dual-credit courses taken in high school. Students should also expect to provide GRE scores for consideration. Typically schools will prefer students to have at least a 3.0 GPA, especially within their major, although for other programs there might not be a specific 'cut off' for GPA and test scores, and they will instead be used in conjunction with the rest of the required admission material in order to get a full picture of your academic history. Letters of recommendation are a very common requirement, and you will typically need to be able to provide around three of these letters from past professors to again paint a fuller picture of your history as a student as well as your achievements and any other impressions you made on previous educators. Students might also need to provide a personal statement or essay to supplement these admission requirements and provide your own individual perspective on your academic history, ability, and goals.
To summarize, PsyD programs that are fully funded are difficult to come by but there are a couple; Ph.D. programs are more commonly funded, although the focuses of these degree programs differ. PsyD programs have various admission requirements, but you can typically expect to see GRE scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation as common requirements into these programs.