​Clinical Psychology

As a community of scholars and professionals who embrace a broad Christian worldview, we are committed to developing psychologists who will excel in a wide spectrum of disciplines. Our alumni serve as post-doctoral fellows, psychologists, behavioral medicine specialists, neuropsychologists, research professors, pediatric psychologists, faculty, and research scientists.

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Students in SPU’s doctorate of philosophy (PhD) in clinical psychology program learn to:

  • Integrate scientific psychology with the interpersonal skills and sensitivity necessary for effective clinical practice.
  • Incorporate biopsychosocial and spiritual perspectives into the science and practice of the discipline.
  • Appreciate and respect the inherent diversity that characterizes individuals and groups.
  • Excel as health care clinicians, university scholars, program directors, and supervisors, since research and clinical practice are balanced in the curriculum.
  • Embrace a vocation of service to individuals, families, and communities.

Program distinctives

  • Fully accredited by the American Psychological Association.
  • A full-time, five-year, integrated and organized sequence of studies and practice experiences.
  • Featuring scientist practitioner and local clinical scientist training models.
  • Providing a biopsychosocial perspective grounded in empirical literature that examines interplay among biological, psychological, and social factors related to human adjustment.
  • Dedicated to holistic diversity, addressing individual or group differences and implications of diversity for ethical and effective practice of clinical psychology. We believe a full appreciation of diversity also includes spiritual and religious factors.

Program tuition

For the 2017-18 academic year:

  • The doctorate in clinical psychology is $827 per credit.
  • To graduate with the PhD, you must complete 195 credits.

Review additional information about costs and budgeting

About faith …

This program is built on a Christian faith perspective. At the same time, we integrate an open enrollment philosophy that welcomes students of all (or no) faith backgrounds.

In this course of study you will be encouraged to discover and refine a personal sense of vocation and convictions related to faith, learning/science, and clinical practice.


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Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data
Rev. August 2017 (PDF)

APA Accreditation Awarded October 2006

We are pleased to announce that the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) has granted our doctoral Ph.D. program accreditation until October 2020.

Our APA-accredited clinical psychology doctoral program distinguishes itself by emphasizing both scientific research and clinical practice in the context of a Christian university. In this way, we equip students to achieve excellence in academic and clinical work while preparing for a career as a clinical psychologist.

Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone:  (202) 336-5979

Seattle Pacific University at the Western Psychological Association 2018 Conference

Congratulations to the 49 SPU faculty and students who are co-authors on papers at the Western Psychological Association 2018 Conference held in Portland, Oregon on April 26th - 29th, 2018. If you are attending the conference and would like to hear about some of their work, you can find the presentation times on the SPU at WPA program.

Clinical Psychology Accreditation

SPU’s Clinical Psychology doctoral program has been granted accreditation until October 2020 by the American Psychological Association.

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Graduate program costs

Each graduate psychology program features a different tuition rate. Get the specifics for the program that interests you, along with payment options.