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Clinical Psychology, M.S., Ph.D.

Saint Louis University’s graduate program in clinical psychology trains students to become competent and ethical scientist-practitioners capable of delivering health services in a wide variety of environments.

About the Program

Most admitted students enter SLU’s graduate program in clinical psychology after completing their undergraduate degrees, and complete both their master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology. SLU does not offer a terminal master’s degree in clinical psychology.

Levels of Education and Training Opportunities

Our program’s major area of study is Adult Clinical Psychology. Although there are no formal areas of specialization, you may elect one of the following areas of emphasis, experience, or exposure: Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Child Psychology, Health Psychology, Trauma Psychology, and Sports Psychology. Students interested in pursuing one of these areas should work with their advisor to establish an individualized curriculum and training plan.

Area of Emphasis, Experience or Exposure

Clinical Child Psychology

Elective graduate courses for students interested in clinical child psychology include Child Assessment and Psychopathology, Child Interventions, Couples and Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Interventions, and Psychopharmacology. External placements involving pediatric, child and adolescent assessment, consultation and intervention are also available.

Clinical Neuropsychology

Elective graduate courses for students interested in the field of clinical neuropsychology include Fundamentals of Neuropsychology, Neuropsychological Assessment, Memory and Cognition, Physiological Psychology and Psychopharmacology. Supervised clinical experience in neuropsychological assessment, consultation and treatment is offered through external placements.

Health Psychology

Students interested in health psychology should consider taking courses in Clinical Health Psychology, Cognitive Behavior Interventions, Psychopharmacology, Sports Psychology, and Addictions: Assessment and Interventions. Additional courses related to health psychology are offered in SLU's College of Public Health and Social Justice. External placements in the application of psychological services to enhance physical well-being and health are available.

Sports Psychology

Elective graduate courses in Sports Psychology, Health Psychology and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions are offered to students interested in sports and performance psychology. Students work with teams and athletes across the community, including the SLU Department of Athletics, through research, practicum and clinical training opportunities.

Trauma Psychology

Students interested in working in the field of trauma are offered elective graduate coursework in the Psychology of Trauma, Cognitive Behavioral Interventions, and Addictions: Assessment and Interventions. Additional courses related to traumatic stress are offered in SLU's College of Public Health and Social Justice. Supervised clinical training experiences with those who have experienced trauma are offered within the Psychological Services Center on a trauma-focused team.

Program Highlights

Training in psychological assessment and intervention for children, adolescents and adults is provided through SLU’s 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 St. Louis community. Specialized research, clinical and academic opportunities also are available through various fellowships, grants and contracts.

Curriculum and Program Details

Thirty-six credit hours are required for the master's degree, including 30 credit hours of departmental and clinical core coursework and six credit hours of thesis research. Each student must complete and defend a thesis. Upon completion of the master's degree, doctoral students complete an additional 42 credit hours of coursework and 12 credit hours of dissertation research.

Ph.D. students conduct a public presentation and oral defense of the dissertation following completion of this research project. They must also complete an APA-approved internship in clinical psychology prior to receiving their doctoral degree.

Research opportunities are available in a variety of areas, including domestic violence, trauma, neuropsychology, health psychology and clinical child psychology.

Psychology General Degree Requirements

  • PSY 6030: Human Diversity (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 6800: Ethics and Professional Issues (3 Credit Hour)
  • PSY 5080: Advanced Experimental Methods (3 Credit Hours)
  • 5790: Applied Univariate Statistics in Behavioral Science (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 6500: Multivariate Analysis (3 Credit Hours)
  • Advanced methods or statistics course (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 5990: Master’s Thesis Research (6 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 6950: Written and Oral Preliminary Examinations (0 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 6990: Dissertation Research (12 Credit Hours)

Clinical Psychology Requirements

The following courses are required for the Ph.D. in clinical psychology:

  • Clinical Core Courses
      • Clinical Assessment I and II (6 Credit Hours)
      • Psychopathology (3 Credit Hours)
      • Clinical Interventions (3 Credit Hours)
      • Ethics and Professional Issues (3 Credit Hours)
  • Research
      • Research Vertical Team (Each semester in residence, 0 credit hours)
      • Thesis Research (6 Credit Hours)
      • Dissertation Research (12 Credit Hours)
  • Clinical Practice
      • Practicum in Clinical Assessment I and II (0 Credit Hours)
      • Practicum in Psychopathology I (0 Credit Hours)
      • Practicum in Clinical Interventions (0 Credit Hours)
      • Clinical Vertical Team (Each semester in residence - 0 credit hours in fall and spring, 3 credit hours in summer)
      • Internship in Clinical Psychology (0 Credit Hours)
  • Electives (15 Credit Hours)
  • Kira Hudson Banks, Ph.D.
  • Phyllis Terri Friedman, Ph.D.
  • Annie Garner, Ph.D.
  • Jeffrey D. Gfeller, Ph.D.
  • Paul J. Handal, Ph.D.
  • David A.S. Kaufman, Ph.D.
  • Michael J. Ross, Ph.D.
  • Jillon S. Vander Wal, Ph.D.
  • Terri L. Weaver, Ph.D.
  • Jeremiah Weinstock, Ph.D.
  • Chammie Austin, Ph.D.
  • Patrice Pye, Ph.D.
  • Honore Hughes, Ph.D.

Find more information on faculty research and clinical interests here.

SLU’s American Psychological Association accredited clinical psychology program will train you to be a competent and ethical scientist-practitioner in a variety of health care settings. Job possibilities include clinical psychology, clinical health psychology, neuropsychology, and child and pediatric psychology.

Students in our graduate program in clinical psychology have gained professional experience through internships at Baylor College of Medicine, Boston Medical Center, Vanderbilt University VA Medical Center, Rush University Medical Center and University of Louisville, among others.
Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid
All students admitted to SLU’s graduate psychology program are considered for assistantships. Learn more about scholarships and financial aid at Student Financial Services.

Accreditation and Program Outcomes

The graduate clinical psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation. Information on accreditation standards can be found on their website. Learn more about student admission, outcomes and other data, and look at the student manual and handbook.

Applicant Criteria

Most students enter the program with a bachelor's degree and complete both the Master of Science degree and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in the clinical program.

  • Applicants with bachelor's degrees 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 of Arts or Master of Science degree in psychology will apply to the Ph.D. degree program.
  • Sufficient TOEFL scores (for international applicants)

Students admitted to the program typically will have an average undergraduate GPA of 3.7 (on a 4.0 scale) and both verbal and quantitative GRE scores above the 50th percentile. Admitted students typically have also relevant clinical and research experience. Students must have completed a minimum of 21 hours of study in psychology, including courses in general psychology, abnormal psychology and research and/or statistical methods. Applications must be submitted by Dec. 1.

You’ll need the following items to apply:

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Three letters of recommendation
GRE scores
Personal statement
Diversity statement

Requirements for International Students

Assistantship Application Deadline

Students who want to be considered for an assistantship must submit their application by Dec. 1. All applicants accepted for admission are considered for assistantships. No separate assistantship application is required.

Review Process

Applications are reviewed by a committee of psychology department faculty members.

Added Value

Accredited by the APA

SLU’s clinical psychology program has been continually accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1965. Questions related to the program's accreditation status should be directed to the American Psychological Association's Commission on Accreditation:

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