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.