Top Clinical Psychology PhD Programs

Find out what to look for in a school with a strong graduate program in clinical psychology. Read about three schools with nationally ranked clinical psychology programs, and explore the Ph.D. programs that each school offers. Schools offering Clinical Psychology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look For in a Top Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program?

You'll want to study with faculty members who have been recognized in the field for excellent teaching skills or exemplary research. Look for programs that are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Most clinical psychology programs are research-based; you'll want to select a school with high-quality research facilities.

What Are Three Top Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Programs?

University of California at Berkeley

In 2017, U.S. News and World Report gave the school a first-place ranking for its graduate-level general psychology program. Doctoral students may work in The Psychology Clinic operated by the university's Psychology Department. The Psychology Clinic offers psychological consultations to members of the surrounding community and provides research and training opportunities for students and faculty alike. Depending on your area of interest, you'll also study in lab facilities that examine emotional interaction, sleep and psychophysiological issues.

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) tied for eighth in overall psychology in U.S. News & World Report's graduate-level rankings for 2017. The term clinical psychology was coined by a Penn professor - the same professor who established the first U.S. psychological clinic in 1896. Current faculty are past presidents of the APA; some are affiliates of the National Academy of Sciences as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Research and practicum opportunities are abundant for students pursuing their Ph.D. in Psychology at Penn. For example, you might study cognitive-behavioral treatments through the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety; you might assess and diagnose patients from Philadelphia-area clinics and hospitals. Prospective students are encouraged to contact current graduate students for first-hand knowledge of the Ph.D. program.

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

University of Wisconsin in Madison

According to U.S. News & World Report, the University of Wisconsin's (UW) tied in ranking 13th among graduate-level general psychology programs in 2017. UW students who are pursuing a Ph.D. in Psychology often receive small grants for research; many students reportedly publish significant research while in the process of earning a Ph.D. You'll have access to UW's interdisciplinary Emotion Training Program, Institute on Aging and the Walsman Center for Developmental Research, which includes a Brain Imaging and Behavior Lab. Affiliations with UW's Psychiatry Department and the School of Education facilitate interdisciplinary research.

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

More Schools with Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Programs

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocationEstimated Graduate In-State Tuition*
Harvard University4-year, PrivateCambridge, MA$47,000
University of California - Los Angeles4-year, PrivateLos Angeles, CA$13,000
DePaul University4-year, PrivateChicago, IL$19,000
Fordham University4-year, PrivateBronx, NY$34,000
Jackson State University4-year, PublicJackson, MS$8,000
Kent State University4-year, PublicKent, OH$11,500
Sam Houston State University4-year, PublicHuntsville, TX$8,000
San Diego State University4-year, PublicSan Diego, CA$9,000
University of South Carolina4-year, PublicColumbia, SC$14,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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