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.
Accreditation information is available through the American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C., 2002-4242 (phone: 202.336.5979).
[NEW:] The Personal Potential Index (PPI) is highly recommended to complete your application for admission. Visit SLU's page about the PPI evaluations or go to The ETS page to learn more about the PPI.
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|Fall: Jan. 1 (International: Jan. 1)||Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G scores; Resume; Interview; Professional Goal Statement;
Three (3) Personal Potential Index evaluations are highly recommended.
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|Spring: No admittance|
|Summer: No admittance|
Tel. No.: 314.977.2292
|Chair: Jeffrey Gfeller, Ph.D.
Program Director: Michael J. Ross, Ph.D.
Assistantship Application Deadline: January 1
Required Additional Application Materials for International Students
- A completed Declaration of Financial Support packet with all accompanying documents
- TOEFL or IELTS score
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.
- 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.
- An undergraduate GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher
- GRE scores of 550 or higher in both Verbal and Quantitative
- 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
The clinical psychology program usually receives approximately 120 applications for admission each year.
Typically, eight (8) new students are admitted at the beginning of each fall semester.
Rankings/Honors: In its 2010 "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 2010
Credit Hours/Coursework: The program requirements for completion of the MS-R 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-R 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 APA-accredited clinical program trains students as scientist-practitioners to provide clinical and research services in academic or health care settings. | Psychology Graduate Programs
Careers 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