Prospective Clinical Psychology Graduate Students
If you are thinking about applying to our Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology and want to learn more please see the tabs below for more information. If you have questions or would like to set up an appointment to meet with the Director of the Graduate Program please feel free to contact us.
The Psychology Departments' Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 2001.
International Students accepted into the program will be required to pay a one-time fee of $125.00 charged by the Office of International Programs (OIP)
(The above contains GRE scores, GPA's and other information from past cohorts)
Clinical Psychology Graduate Applications and Requirements
All applicants to the Ph.D. program must have earned a Bachelor's degree at an accredited institution, and completed a minimum of 12 credits of coursework in Psychology. Individuals meeting these prerequisites are invited to apply.
The Deadline for the Application and all supporting materials is December 1st
(the link above link will take you to the Graduate School website and eventually the application)
Your completed application file will contain the following:
- Your on-line application (no fee required)
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume
- 3 Letters of recommendation, PLEASE NOTE: If your letter writers find it impossible to upload letters to Interfolio have them mail the letter to Duquesne University, McAnulty Graduate School of Liberal Arts, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15282, in a sealed and signed envelope. It should be mailed along with the recommender form.
- Official College Transcripts. If you are in the process of completing a degree, you may submit an up-to-date unofficial transcript with your application, followed by a final, official transcript upon enrollment as a Duquesne University graduate student. All other transcripts should be either emailed or mailed from the institution. If mailing, use the following address: Duquesne University, McAnulty Graduate School of Liberal Arts, 600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15282.
- GRE scores and Toefl scores-scores should be sent electronically (Toefl only needed if International and 1st language is not English)
- An academic writing sample-This should be an excellent example of your scholarly writing-there is no length or content requirement
- Personal essay in response to the following prompt (this is in place of the personal essay mentioned on the graduate page and there are no length requirements):
Trace the development of your thinking with respect to psychology as a human science. Emphasize the authors and theories that have had the most impact on your conception of psychology. Discuss how you see the relationship between psychology and cultural diversity.
In evaluation of applications the selection committee will consider the follwing criteria: applicant's prior record of academic achievement and GRE Scores, compatibility of applicant's scholarly interest with those of the department faculty and the program curriculum, applicant's potential for making a contribution to the field of psychology, applicant's background and the potential make up of admitted class, with particular attention to the pedagogical importance of diversity among students. Applications are due by December 1st. This means the on-line application and all supporting documents must be received in the Graduate Office by December 1st. It is the responsibility of applicants to verify that their files are fully complete by the deadline dates specified. Applicants are strongly urged to check on the status of the application prior to December 1st. You may contact the Department office: 412-396-6520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By April 1, the Department of Psychology will post letters to all applicants informing them as to whether they have been accepted into the graduate program.
Students may reapply to the program only once.
You can send questions to the Psychology Department at email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer a Master's Degree?
Currently Duquesne's Department of Psychology offers a combined M.A./Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology. The student earns an M.A. in Psychology upon completion of 30 credits in the Ph.D. program. However, students are not admitted into the program for the purpose of obtaining only an M.A. degree.
Is the program more clinically or research oriented?
Whereas the clinical training will make more extensive demands on your time, the program equally values clinical training, qualitative research, and scholarship. All of these include philosophical inquiry into the foundations of our field. While each student crafts his or her own vocational path, emphasizing one area or another, our approach and curriculum are guided by an appreciation that clinical practice, research, and scholarship mutually inform and enhance one another.
What are the requirements needed to apply for the Ph.D. program?
Students are required to have a Bachelors degree and 12 credits of undergraduate psychology. The Bachelors degree does not have to be in Psychology.
What if I do not meet the minimum requirement of 12 credits in undergraduate psychology?
Although the 12 credit minimum of psychology is required prior to admission to the Ph.D. Program, you would be permitted to apply to the program with your current academic background. However, you would need to include documentation in your application proving that you have registered for the remaining number of psychology credits. If you were offered admission to the program, it would be contingent on documentation that those credits were completed.
Do you require the GRE/TOEFL?
Yes, we require the GRE for all students. We also require the TOEFL for all International students.
What are the GRE Codes?
The code for Duquesne University is 2196.
What is the cutoff for GRE's, TOEFL's, and GPA's?
Although there is no cut-of for GPA's or GRE's, we generally consider applications to be competitive with GPA's above 3.5, the average GRE Score of the students we accepted in 2012-13 was V 162 and Q 152 and the median scores was V 163 and Q 152. The Graduate Programs at Duquesne University expect a TOEFL score between 80-100 iBT (internet based test), particularly in our program since graduate students are expected to teach.
Do you offer Assistantships or any other financial Aid?
In this program you receive funding from the University, your tuition will be waived and you will receive a stipend while you are completing your course-work. You will receive the stipend for nine months out of the year. In exchange for the stipend you will do 15 hours research a week for a professor in your first year. In your second, third and fourth years you will teach an undergraduate course. It is also required that you stay registered while working on your internship and dissertation before defending the dissertation; these credits are the responsibility of the student. This usually involves 6 dissertation credits.
Graduate student loans may also be available for students that meet the eligibility requirements. Visit the Financial Aid web-site for more details.
**International students accepted will be responsible for a $125.00 fee charged by the Office of International Programs (OIP).
How long does it take to complete this program?
The Clinical Ph.D. program entails seventy eight credits of required and elective graduate courses, successful completion of the comprehensive exams, the completion of a one-year pre-doctoral internship, and the successful defense of a dissertation. It is possible to complete the program in five years, but most students graduate in six or seven years.
Can I enter this program on a part-time basis?
Only full-time students are accepted in to the program.
Is it possible to complete this program on-line?
We do not offer any program classes on line.
Do you accept transfer credits?
We admit all candidates as first-year Ph.D. students, and we do not give advanced standing along with or prior to admission. After admission, you can petition to have particular courses transferred from your previous graduate work, this is never done in an across the board manner. We only give credit for courses that more or less match our own.
How many students apply to this program?
Each year we receive approximately 80-100 applications and we usually accept 7 new students.
Can I see admission statistics?
Please check out the admission statistics for the past few years.
What are you expecting for a writing sample?
Your writing sample should be an excellent example of your ability to write a scholarly paper. The paper you submit should be on a subject close to psychology, philosophy, and/or religion, literature or a social science, if possible.
What if I do not know three professors to write letters of recommendation?
We do require three letters of recommendation. However, if you do not know three professors the Chair of the department recommends a mix of academic and professional letters of recommendation. The admissions committee will be looking at the letters to get an idea of well you can perform as a student.
Currently Duquesne's Department of Psychology offers a combined M.A./Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology. The program entails eighty nine credits of required and elective graduate courses, successful completion of the comprehensive exams, the completion of a one-year pre-doctoral internship, and the successful defense of a dissertation.Only full-time students are accepted into the program.
Students are required to complete a one-year pre-doctoral internship as part of the requirement for the Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Applications for internships are typically submitted during the fourth year of Ph.D. studies, with the internships commencing in the following summer. Although some internships are available locally, most students travel elsewhere for their internships.
Comprehensive: Students are required to take this exam following their third year of graduate studies. The exam is completed during the week preceding the fall semester. An examination will also be offered during the spring semester for students needing to retake failed portions of the fall exam.Dissertation Defense
After completing coursework, students are required to write a dissertation and successfully defend it. During this time they must be registered every fall/spring semester until graduation. Registration for six dissertation credits (one credit per semester) is required. Students who complete the six credits which are allotted for work on their dissertation (Psych 701) are then required to register for continuous registration (zero credits) until all work has been completed and defended. Registration for dissertation credits and/or continuous registration are considered full-time enrollment and students are eligible for loans.
First, second, third, and fourth year doctoral students are offered assistantships that include a nine-month stipend and a waiver of tuition. These positions require 15 hours of work per week as a teaching and/or research assistant.
A minimum of 83 credits (excluding six credits for the dissertation) is required. There is a residence requirement, which is fulfilled while completing the coursework. Credit Requirements include.