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Psychology Department

The graduate psychology programs at Wheaton College integrate Christian belief and practice with the best of contemporary scholarship and professional standards in the disciplines of clinical psychology, counseling, and marriage and family therapy.

Our Programs

The Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program was established in 1993 and has been APA-accredited since 1998. As a result of the strength of the program alumni, students and faculty, the Psy.D. program most recently received a 7-year APA accreditation effective through 2022. The program prepares clinicians to serve in a variety of settings including hospitals, churches, community mental health clinics, veterans affairs hospitals, military, correctional facilities, police departments, colleges and universities and school districts. 

M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The degree trains students to become highly competent professional counselors who will work with individuals, couples, families and groups from a responsibly eclectic clinical perspective. The heart of our program is to produce graduates who understand how to integrate Christian faith with competent counseling practice. As part of this training, students catch a vision for creative ministry that is informed by Christian tradition, grounded in professional theory and research, and carried to the widest possible community throughout the world.

The M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). The degree is designed to integrate Christian belief and practice with the best of contemporary scholarship and professional standards in marriage and family therapy.  Our goal is to produce graduates who are distinctive as Christians in their practice of marriage and family therapy, and who demonstrate a vision for clinical practice as service, especially to the body of Christ, the Church, and to marginalized persons throughout the world.  The M.A. in MFT prepares students for professional licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists.

Professional Practice as Service

Each of our programs features exceptional faculty and the opportunity to dive deeply into the study of psychology from a biblically grounded perspective.

Our students are tender-hearted, with a genuine desire to apply their knowledge in service, and serious-minded, not afraid to dive headlong into the challenges and complexities of this discipline.

As a student in our department, you’re not only going to be pushed academically, but you’ll step outside the academic realm and get hands-on experience with the populations you’re interested in serving. And since we’re just a train ride away from Chicago, you’ll have amazing opportunities to work in urban settings while wrestling with those experiences within a supportive academic community.

8 Active Research Labs

The Psychology Department hosts a vibrant research community with labs involving faculty and students in undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs.

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Clinical Training

Clinical training is an important facet of all of our programs as we strive to prepare students for their profession. We offer over 200+ clinical training sites and consistent with our mission, the majority of these sites serve underserved and marginalized patients.