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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.

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A Psy.D. degree allows students interested in psychology to earn the appropriate credential in order to practice. Some programs offer specialization options that prepare graduates for work in particular clinical settings.

10 Schools for Psy.D. Degrees

These schools offer Psy.D. programs which may provide clinical training and research opportunities as well as specializations in different areas.

College/University Location Institution Type Graduate Tuition (2016-2017)*
Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY 4-year, Public $9,450 in-state, $15,390 out-of-state
Chatham University Pittsburgh, PA 4-year, Private, not-for-profit $16,254
Baylor University Waco, TX 4-year, Private, not-for-profit $28,494
Springfield College Springfield, MA 4-year, Private, not-for-profit $29,640
Loma Linda University Loma Linda, CA 4-year, Private, not-for-profit $24,960
University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA 4-year, Private-not-for-profit $23,310
University of Denver Denver, CO 4-year, Private, not-for-profit $45,288
George Fox University Newberg, OR 4-year, Private, not-for-profit $15,504
California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, CA 4-year, Private, not-for-profit $17,500
University of Hartford West Hartford, CT 4-year, Private, not-for-profit $12,060

Sources: *National Center for Educational Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Students interested in a Psy.D. degree may want to take the following into consideration:

  • Students should look for programs that have been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • Some schools may offer different concentration options, such as substance abuse, school-based mental health and correctional psychology.
  • Students may want to find out what the pass rates are for graduates on state licensure exams.
  • Students may want to look into the settings in which practicums are conducted, in order to ensure that they will gain experience in a clinical setting that is similar to the one in which they hope to work in the future, such as a hospital or rehabilitation center.

Doctor of Psychology

The Psy.D. program emphasizes the practical application of psychology in private practice, hospitals, schools, industry and sports settings. The education includes a mixture of classroom coursework, practical training and research. A bachelor's degree in psychology or a related degree is required for admission to a Psy.D. program.

Psy.D Programs are available at a variety of schools, and may offer specializations in different areas of psychology. Students should seek an accredited program that meets state licensing requirements, and may wish to find a program that offers a specialization in their particular area of interest.

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