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PhD in Clinical Psychology

Drexel University's PhD in Clinical Psychology trains clinical psychologists in the scientist-practitioner model. This model places roughly equal emphasis on clinical research and the application of scientific principles, with an emphasis on the integration of psychological science and practice. Students receive an appropriate, broad education in preparation for entry-level practice in professional psychology. This education includes training in intervention and assessment, as well as an introduction to the science and practice of clinical psychology. The program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Major Areas of Study

In addition to general clinical training (with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioral approaches to assessment and intervention), the Drexel program offers students the option to elect one of 5 major areas of study within the clinical psychology curriculum:

  • Clinical Child Psychology
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology

While training in the major area of study is not all that is necessary for individuals to specialize in one of these areas, it does prepare students to continue further training that will eventually facilitate professional specialization.

The Clinical Psychology program admits only full-time students. It is designed to be completed in five years, although students who enter with a master’s degree may be able to complete all requirements in four years.

Students work under the mentorship of one or two faculty members who serve as the incoming student’s advisers. For students who are admitted to work under two faculty members, one faculty member is established as the student’s major advisor, and the other as the student’s minor adviser. Consistent with our scientist-practitioner philosophy of training, our department and core adjunct faculty are involved in scholarly and professional activities in order to serve as appropriate mentors to our graduate students.

Learn more about the degree in the Course Catalog

Enrollment

Enrollment is limited to full-time study only and coursework is required in years 1-4. Students are required to work in 12-month practicum placements in years 2-3 (optional in year 4). Pre-doctoral internship is typically conducted in year 5. Students earn a Master of Science degree upon completion of two years of coursework and their master's thesis. The program begins annually in the fall and classes are scheduled in fall, winter and spring terms only. The program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Admission

Admission to Drexel's PhD in Clinical Psychology is highly competitive. Drexel’s high ranking and strong international reputation result in our receiving a large volume of applications (600-800) every year for only 10-12 places. The most successful applicants have strong academic records, as evidenced by GRE scores (scores of at least 160 verbal, 152 quantitative and an analytical writing score of at least 4.5), strength of undergraduate institution, and GPA (3.5 or greater is preferred).

In addition, we look for outstanding letters of recommendation (from doctoral-level academic, research-oriented psychologists, if possible), high-quality research experience, and a statement of purpose that convinces us an applicant is an excellent match for one or more of our research groups (see faculty members accepting students).

The deadline for completed applications is December 1st. Please see our application instructions page for information on how to apply. Please note that we do offer information sessions, tours and meetings with faculty, but these are by invitation only; we select a subset of applicants and inviting them to one of two interview days in February.

Teaching Fellow Policy

The College of Arts and Sciences regards training in pedagogy and instruction to be core to the mission of doctoral education. Therefore, all PhD students in the College are required to perform significant teaching duties (defined over multiple terms) during their pursuit of their degree. These activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervising teaching labs
  • Running course recitations
  • Teaching as the primary instructor
  • Running student seminars
  • Training junior researchers in core research methods
  • Running or actively participating in pedagogical seminars or conferences

Alternate fulfillment of this requirement is at the discretion of the program director and the head of the student's home department.

Learn more about the degree in the Course Catalog