Prospective Students​

SPU’s clinical psychology doctoral program distinguishes itself by emphasizing both scientific research and clinical practice in the context of a Christian university.

Graduate students outside of a classroom

Why SPU?

We’ll equip you to achieve excellence in academic and clinical work. And we’ll prepare you in your role as a clinical psychologist to address the challenges of specific populations — including young people, ethnic minorities, the aging, and hospital or community mental health center patients.

Our training philosophy

For professional and personal development. Our faculty members focus on the professional and personal development of their students. Each element of the program is designed for the student’s benefit.

Using a local clinical scientist model. Under our training model, you’ll learn to use scientific thought for your clients’ benefit and drive research from clinical concerns. In other words, SPU will train you to be a scientifically informed clinician and a clinically informed scientist.

So you’ll be ready. Graduates are very well prepared for various roles in professional psychology, from health care clinicians and university scholars to program directors or supervisors.

Learn more in our targeted competencies section.

We’re APA accredited

SPU’s clinical psychology doctoral program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. We meet the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards/National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology Guidelines for Defining “Doctoral Degree in Psychology.”

As a result, graduates who apply for licensure as psychologists typically will meet educational requirements for licensing in the United States and Canada. Each jurisdiction determines licensure requirements, however, and some require further tests or post-doctoral supervision.

The spiritual dimension

Holistic. Our program’s structure promotes a holistic approach to the practice of clinical psychology, including physical, psychological, social, and spiritual wellness.

Balanced. We embrace a broad Christian worldview, and we’re committed to developing psychologists who can appropriately balance scientific knowledge and clinical sensitivity.

Program tuition

For the 2018-19 academic year:

  • The doctorate in clinical psychology is $851 per credit.
  • To graduate with the PhD, you must complete 195 credits.

Review additional information about costs and financial aid.

Research and Teaching Labs

Graduate and undergraduate students have a chance to work with SPU professors in ongoing, real-world research.

Amy Mezulis

Why I Teach at SPU

Amy Mezulis, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology

“I teach at SPU because of its balanced perspective on training both scientists and practitioners of clinical psychology. Mentorship is also a key component of our PhD program, and I strongly value the opportunity to participate in a meaningful way in the professional development of our students.”