Saint Louis University

Clinical Psychology (Psychology) | Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The American Psychological Association has continually accredited the clinical psychology program since 1965. Research opportunities are available in a variety of areas including domestic violence, trauma, neuropsychology, health psychology, and clinical child psychology. Training in psychological assessment and intervention with children, adolescents and adults is provided through the on-campus Psychological Services Center. Advanced clinical training opportunities in neuropsychology, pediatric and clinical child psychology, health psychology, and academic psychology are available through collaborative relationships with medical centers, agencies, and practitioners in the community. Specialized research, clinical and academic opportunities are available through various fellowships, grants and contracts.

Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone (202) 336-5979/Email:

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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Fall: Dec. 1 (International: Dec. 1) Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G scores; Resume; Interview; Professional Goal Statement
(Advantages of the web application)
Spring: No admittance
Summer: No admittance
Admissions Coordinator:
Kira Hudson Banks, Ph.D.

Tel. No.: 314.977.4280
Chair: Jeffrey Gfeller, Ph.D.
Program Director: Jillon S. Vander Wal, Ph.D.

Assistantship Application Deadline: December 1 (All applicants accepted for admission are considered for assistantships. No separate assistantship application is required.)

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.

Applicant Criteria

  • Applicants with Bachelor's degrees only must apply to the M.S. degree program and will eventually petition to the Ph. D. program.
  • An applicant who already has earned a Master's of Science degree in Psychology will apply to the Ph. D. degree program.
  • A review of TOEFL scores (for International applicants)

Psychology Application Review Process

  • Applications are reviewed by a committee of Psychology Dept. faculty members
  • The committee examines and reviews the applicant and application wholly

Admission Statistics

  • The clinical psychology program usually receives approximately 200 applications for admission each year.
  • Typically, eight (8) new students are admitted at the beginning of each fall semester.

Rankings/Honors: In its 2012 "Best Graduate Schools" edition, U.S. News and World Report had the SLU Clinical Psychology Graduate Education program ranked in the Top 100 of all graduate programs in the United States. | SLU Graduate Education annual rankings announcement from 2012

Credit Hours/Coursework: The program requirements for completion of the MS degree include a total of 33 credit hours that include 27 credit hours making up the departmental and clinical core course and 6 hours of thesis research. Each student must complete and defend a thesis in accordance with Graduate School Requirements. Upon completion of the MS degree, students complete an additional 45 hours of coursework and 12 hours of dissertation research. Students conduct a public presentation and oral defense of the dissertation following completion of this research project. Finally, students must complete an APA-approved internship in clinical psychology prior to receiving their doctoral degree. | Program Requirements 

Program Description: Our program offers four optional areas of education and training opportunities:;

  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Clinical Child
  • Health
  • Trauma

Our APA-accredited clinical program trains students as scientist-practitioners to provide clinical and research services in academic or health care settings. | Psychology Graduate Programs

Career Possibilities: Clinical/Health Psychologist; Industrial/Organizational Psychologist; Neuroscientist. | External Placement

Curriculum & Program Details: Most students enter the program with a bachelor's degree and complete both the Masters of Science (Research) degree and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in the clinical program. The clinical psychology program does not offer a terminal masters degree. | Clinical Psychology Graduate Education home

About the Psychology Faculty: The faculty hold Ph.D. degrees and teach courses in the specialties of clinical, social, developmental, physiological, and industrial/organizational. They conduct and publish research with graduate and undergraduate students and are known nationally for their contributions to psychology. | Clinical Psychology Doctoral Dissertation Projects

Scholarships & Financial Aid: Contact Student Financial Services at SLU for more about funding your graduate education at Saint Louis University.

Program Highlights: As a part of a Catholic, Jesuit University located in the Midtown area of St. Louis, the clinical program is committed to serving the community through education and training of minority clinical psychologists. Applications from minorities and those interested in psychological research and practice with culturally diverse populations are encouraged. | Clinical Psychology Mission Statement

Higher purpose. Greater good.
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