Why Pursue a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology?
Application Deadline Extended to January 2, 2023!
In a world filled with injustice and suffering, the APA-accredited Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Wheaton College Graduate School will form you into a Clinical Psychologist who meets the needs of others with a practice built upon an integrated, academically rigorous, justice and service-focused, and Biblically grounded foundation.
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I feel very well-equipped to meet the challenges of my early career due to my training at Wheaton.— Megan Brown Psy.D. '12, Behavioral Medicine Faculty, In His Image Family Medicine Residency
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Why Choose the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology Program at Wheaton?
The Psy.D. program at Wheaton College is the only Christian APA-Accredited program in the Midwest. The Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Wheaton College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA):
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We are an unapologetically rigorous, foundationally Christian program dedicated to serving the underserved and the Church in a manner consistent with Biblical justice dedicated to the holistic development of our students. We train clinicians to be grounded in, informed by and shaped by beliefs and practices of the Christian faith. Learn more about diversity and justice.
Serve with Excellence
We train clinicians to become highly competent clinical psychologists using a practitioner-scholar training model while committed to professional practice as service, especially to the Body of Christ, the Church and all persons marginalized and wounded by society on the basis of racial or ethnic identification, age, socioeconomic status or gender.
The Psy.D. program encourages its students to pursue memberships in professional organizations during their training. We have student members of the the American Psychological Association (APA), International Neuropsychological Association (INS), and Christian Association of Psychological Studies (CAPS). Learn more about clinical training and research opportunities.
We train clinicians within a community context which is balanced in spiritual, personal, professional and interpersonal growth and development. Learn more about student development.
Read this helpful article to discover the key similarities and differences between our Psy.D. and Ph.D. programs in Clinical Psychology.
The Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology is a residential program comprised of four years on campus and one year of pre-doctoral internship. The academic requirements include:
- 120 semester hours of coursework
- Comprehensive Exam
- Clinical Dissertation
- Professional Qualifying Exam
The Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Wheaton College is a five-year program. Four years are in residence on the Wheaton campus and one year is dedicated to the pre-doctoral internship.
From 2012-2022, 52 percent of students graduated within five years and 28 percent graduated within six years.
The APA-accredited program has a curriculum built to meet most state educational requirements for professional licensure. See our Professional Licensure Disclosures for additional information for each state.
94% of Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology alumni become licensed clinical psychologists. As clinical psychologists, graduates can work in a range of domestic and global contexts, such as:
- Community mental health clinics
- Hospitals and medical centers
- Private practice
- Veteran’s Administration
- Rehabilitation facilities
- Forensic/Correctional facilities
According to the last accreditation self-study in 2015, nearly 100% of respondents who desired employment were currently employed in the field.
Wheaton Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology Admission and Tuition
Tuition for the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology 2020-2021 Year 1 (38 credits total, $1,145/credit hour) is $43,510.
Affording your Wheaton College Graduate School degree is possible through scholarships and financial aid packages. The Doctor of Psychology Program has a substantial budget line dedicated to direct scholarship aid to students. Every student receives scholarships which typically range from $6,000 to $10,000.
Some admission requirements include:
- Application deadline: December 15
- Bachelor's Degree from regionally accredited institution
- GPA 3.5 minimum
- GRE General Test
- Three recommendations (Academic, Pastoral, and Professional)
- Research Paper
- Interview - by invitation only
The Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology are separate and distinct programs with separate admission and degree requirements. Students wishing to transfer after matriculation from the Ph.D. program to the Psy.D. program should seek the counsel of their advisor and are required to apply and gain admission to the Psy.D. program through the Graduate Admissions Department (transfer credit subject to Wheaton College transfer policies for coursework). Transferring from the Psy.D. to the Ph.D. program is not permitted.
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