Clinical Psychology Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

DEADLINE: December 1, 2024 for Fall 2025 cohort. The application for this cohort will open late August/early September. GRE tests are no longer required.

Marywood University's APA-accredited* Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) prepares students to provide evidence-based and culturally-sensitive clinical services to diverse populations. Students develop competencies in nine areas, including: research, ethical and legal standards, individual and cultural diversity, professional values and attitudes, communication and interpersonal skills, assessment, intervention, supervision, and consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills.

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  • Predoctoral internships in a variety of settings across the country. The majority of students obtain APA-accredited internships.

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Program Aims

  • To provide students with foundational knowledge of the field of psychology in general and clinical psychology in particular.
  • To help students advance from novice to the early stages of competent clinician status in: research; ethics; individual and cultural diversity; professional values, attitudes, and behaviors; communication and interpersonal skills; assessment; intervention; supervision; and, consultation and interprofessional/interpersonal skills.
  • To teach students to view themselves as being life-long learners while also giving them the skills necessary to be critical and sophisticated consumers of research so that they may be able to independently and effectively apply future developments in the field to clinical practice.

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  • Medical Centers
  • University Counseling Centers
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Independent Practice

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  • Staff Psychologist
  • Private Practitioner
  • Professor
  • Counseling Center Director

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Graduate Admissions Requirements

DEADLINE: December 1, 2024 for Fall 2025 cohort. The application for this cohort will open late August/early September. GRE tests are no longer required.

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

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Psy.D. Requirements


Admission to the Psy.D. program requires at least 18 credits of Psychology coursework at the undergraduate level, including: statistics, experimental methods/research design, and abnormal/ psychopathology. A major in Psychology is preferred. A minimum overall GPA of 3.48 on a 4.0 scale is expected, for both general curriculum and psychology courses.

Transfer Credits

Up to 15 transfer credits in graduate Psychology coursework will be accepted. All credits transferred must reflect at least a 'B' grade, be from a regionally accredited institution, be similar in content and demand of equivalent Marywood courses, and have been earned within the preceding 5 years. The Director of Clinical Training must approve all transfer credits.

Admission Post-Master's

For a post-master's application to be considered, all of the following courses (or their equivalent) must have been completed at the master's level, with a grade of B or better.

  • Psy 503 Research and Statistics I
  • Psy 504 Research and Statistics II
  • Psy 508 Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Psy 514 Human Development
  • Psy 517 Personality Theories
  • Psy 521 Social Psychology
  • Psy 522 Cognitive/Affective Bases of Behavior
  • Psy 531 Psychopathology
  • Psy 532 Child Psychopathology 
  • Psy 580 Assessment of Adult Personality and Psychopathology
  • Psy 555 Professional Contribution or Psy 556 Master's Thesis
  • Psy 561 Introduction to Psychological Testing
  • Psy 571 Introduction to Individual Psychotherapy
  • Psy 574 Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Psy 577 Practicum I
  • Psy 587 Practicum II Or Psy 578 Internship

All students accepted post-Master’s must pass the Master’s Comprehensive Exam. The exam is offered in the Fall semester, and consists of seven sections (Research Methods I, Research Methods II, Personality, Developmental, Social, Biological Bases of Behavior, and Cognitive/Affective Bases of Behavior). The exam is a multiple choice format.

Up to two students will be accepted annually post-Master's degree in psychology, to join the third year doctoral students. Students must have completed their degree no more than five years prior to application. Demonstrated excellence in academics and clinical work is expected. Applicants also must have completed an empirical Master's thesis or Professional Contribution. Two of the applicant's letters of recommendation must be from full-time graduate Psychology faculty at the institution where the Master's degree was completed. All other application procedures are the same as for the post-bachelor's admissions.

All applicants must provide the completed application form, official undergraduate/graduate transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation (with at least two being from psychologists), and a current curriculum vitae. (GRE tests are no longer required). In addition, applicants must submit a personal essay:

Please describe why you want to pursue doctoral training in clinical psychology, including mention of relevant lived experiences, interests, and professional goals. What makes Marywood University’s Psy.D. program a particularly good fit for you? If possible, identify two Marywood University psychology faculty members whose research interests appeal to you and state why.

Applicants selected for interviews will be notified in late January/early February for virtual group interviews no later than February 28.

The Psychology Department is located in the McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies.

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The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, located on the corner of University and North Washington Avenues, contains classrooms and related clinical/professional space for Communication Sciences and Disorders, Psychology and Counseling, Education, and Business students. Market Marywood is also located here.

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The Psychological Services Center (PSC), located in Room 1009 in the McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, is a clinic and training facility. It serves the community as an outpatient mental health clinic that provides services to individuals across the life spectrum from young children to older adults. The entry of the PSC is privately located on the north side of the McGowan Center on Marywood's campus. The PSC is composed of several individual, couple, family, and group therapy rooms, as well as a reception area and waiting room.

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