Individuals looking to study clinical psychology can find numerous schools across the country that offer graduate degrees in the field of study. Since a large part of a graduate student's curriculum is observation and patient interaction, programs that offer research labs with internship opportunities can provide exposure to real-life counseling and research methods.
Ten Universities With Clinical Psychology Degree Programs
The following list is a sample of both private and public schools that offer clinical psychology degree programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|University of California - Los Angeles||Los Angeles, CA||4-year, Public||Doctoral||In-state: $11,220; Out-of-state: $26,322|
|University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill||Chapel Hill, NC||4-year, Public||Doctoral||In-state: $9,143; Out-of-state: $26,354|
|University of Washington||Seattle, WA||4-year, Public||Doctoral||In-state: $15,207; Out-of-state: $27,255|
|University of Wisconsin - Madison||Madison, WI||4-year, Public||Doctoral||In-state: $10,728; Out-of-state: $24,054|
|Yale University||New Haven, CT||4-year, Private||Doctoral||$38,700|
|Duke University||Durham, NC||4-year, Private||Doctoral||$47,590|
|University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign||Champaign, IL||4-year, Public||Doctoral||In-state: $15,023; Out-of-state: $28,213|
|University of Kansas||Lawrence, KS||4-year, Public||Doctoral||In-state: $9,029; Out-of-state: $21,120|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||Minneapolis, MN||4-year, Public||Doctoral||In-state: $15,844; Out-of-state: $24,508|
|University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Private||Doctoral||$3,1068|
*Source: National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Since many programs differ in structure, area of focus, and expertise, it is important to keep the following in mind when considering a program:
- Students should look for programs accredited by the APA.
- Because graduate programs are available in different areas, such as research, academia, or professional practice, students should carefully weigh their interests against potential programs.
- A graduate program's research facilities and the type of research being conducted may play a large part in a student's selection criteria, regardless of professional path.
- Since many clinical psychology programs offer the support of mentors who will help guide students through their programs, it is important for students to research current faculty members to see if their interests are congruent with the faculty's.
Master's degree programs in clinical psychology require a minimum of 60 hours, with at least 12 of those devoted to a clinical internship. Courses generally emphasize areas of clinical psychology such as substance abuse treatment, psychotherapy, individual and group treatment, clinical psychopharmacology and abnormal psychology. Graduates of clinical psychology master's degree programs typically do not qualify for licensure, but may find work as psychological research assistants or as industrial-organizational psychologists.
A Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology or a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree program can take four to five years to complete, not including a mandatory one to two year full-time internship. Doctoral programs emphasize various types of research, including experimental and quantitative research. Students enrolled in doctoral programs may choose to concentrate in behavioral, biological, psychoanalytic or cognitive approaches to clinical psychology.
When looking at clinical psychology programs, students should consider their educational and career goals and how they fit in with a particular program's curriculum and faculty. It is important to remember that master's degree programs usually don't prepare students for licensed clinical psychologist careers, so students will likely have to complete a doctoral program in order to become licensed.