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Overview

We are delighted that you are interested in applying to Drexel University's Clinical Psychology PhD Program. As described elsewhere on this website, we operate under the scientist-practitioner model with a strong emphasis on training in research methodology, statistics, critical thinking and applied research as well as in empirically-based practice. Thus, we are a best fit for those with strong interests in clinical research. We are an especially good fit with those who have research and clinical interests that match our areas of concentration: forensic psychology, health psychology, neuropsychology, and cognitive-behavior therapy. There are active, externally-funded, cutting-edge research programs within each of these domains. The program offers excellent clinical training opportunities across a wide range of sites including rehabilitation centers, neuropsychological evaluation and testing placements, student counseling centers, detention centers, forensic assessment and treatment centers, psychiatric outpatient clinics, inpatient hospitals, specialty clinics, hospitals, and private practice. In addition, there are opportunities for doctoral students to engage in undergraduate teaching, clinical supervision, and program administration.

Enrollment

Enrollment is limited to full-time study only and coursework is required in years 1-4. Students are required to work in 12-month practicum placements in years 2-3 (optional in year 4). Pre-doctoral internship is typically conducted in year 5. Students earn a Master's of Science degree upon completion of 2 years of coursework plus a Master's thesis. The program begins annually in the fall and classes are scheduled in fall, winter, and spring terms only. The program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Admission

Admission to clinical psychology PhD programs is highly competitive. Drexel’s high national ranking (#7 according to the Chronicle of Higher Education) and strong international reputation result in our receiving a large volume of applications (500-600) every year for only 10-12 places. The most successful applicants have strong academic records, as evidenced by GRE scores (scores of at least 600 verbal or ~85th percentile, and 650 quantitative or ~60th percentile), strength of undergraduate institution, and GPA (3.5 or greater is preferred). In addition we look for outstanding letters of recommendation (from doctoral-level academic, research-oriented psychologists, if possible), high-quality research experience, and a statement of purpose that convinces us an applicant is an excellent match for one or more of our research groups (see faculty members accepting students). More descriptive information on applicants and accepted students is provided below. Data tables on admissions, program costs, funding, internship placements, attrition and post-graduate positions are available here.

Our deadline for completed applications is December 1st. Please see our Application Instructions page for information on how to apply. Please note that we do offer information sessions, tours and meetings with faculty, but that these are by invitation only; we will be selecting a subset of applicants and inviting them to one of two interview days in February.