The Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University uses the graduate online application process. If you have questions about the application process, contact Amber Hutson, the graduate training administrative assistant.
The Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology.
The clinical psychology doctoral program in the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University is designed to provide broad clinical training utilizing a scientist-practitioner model. Graduates from this program are competent to function in a variety of professional roles including research, practice and college teaching. The balance of research and practice is obtained in part by practicum and research training within an on-site clinic, as well as practical experience in community agencies and research activities within faculty members’ independent laboratories.
The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.
Credits required: Bachelor's degree with 18 semester hours in psychology
Minimum GPA: 3.0
GRE: Recommended, but not required
- PhD - priority review - Dec. 1
- PhD - final review - April 1
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The curriculum requirements are structured according to the scientist-practitioner model as well. The orientation of the program is decidedly behavioral with an emphasis on empirical research and empirically supported practice. All students are exposed to the broad content areas of the field.
A master of arts degree is earned in the process of earning a Ph.D.; however, all students will be permitted to complete the requirements for the doctorate only insofar as their performance merits continuance in the program. The program is planned as a six year curriculum with the sixth year comprising the doctoral internship. Students entering the program with prior graduate training may accelerate their training if faculty approve the adequacy of specific program requirements.
The Ph.D. program requires successful completion of 95 credit hours of academic work including practica, internship, advanced doctoral coursework, a comprehensive examination, a thesis and a dissertation. Ph.D. students must finish a 750-hour pre-masters practicum, many of which are completed at the internal Psychology Clinic, a 500-hour post-masters practicum and a 2000-hour pre-doctoral internship in a healthcare setting.
Credit requirements to degree:
- 95 hours of academic work
- 750-hour pre-masters practicum
- 500-hour post-masters practicum
- 2,000-hour pre-doctoral internship
The clinical psychology program is dedicated to preparing competent intervention oriented clinical psychologists. Our training program has a behavioral orientation and operates according to the scientist-practitioner model. Doctoral-level graduates are prepared to function in professional roles that involve teaching, research, administration and direct clinical service. Recent graduates have typically taken academic faculty positions, faculty and post-doctoral positions at university based medical centers, and private practice positions. Students work closely with faculty and other clinical psychologists throughout their training.
The clinical psychology faculty is committed to making the educational experience a positive one for everyone involved. Every effort is made to meet the legitimate needs of students, including those with special requirements.
All admitted students receive a commitment of financial support in the form of an assistantship for the first year of the program and every effort will be made to maintain this level of funding for three years. Funding typically takes the form of teaching, research or clinical assistantships. Students are also encouraged to apply for the following programs: Graduate College fellowships, and Thurgood Marshall Awards or King/Chavez/Parks Fellowships for members of underrepresented groups. To learn more on the cost of attending graduate school, see financial information.
Clinical psychology graduates may find careers in:
- Academic faculty positions
- Clinical faculty positions at medical schools and veterans administration medical centers
- Private practice
Clinical Program Facts
- The program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1991.
- The next visit by the American Psychological Association will be in 2027.
- The program is structured around the scientist-practitioner model.
- Clinical and research interests in:
- Anxiety disorders/PTSD
- Behavior health in primary care
- Behavioral medicine
- Behavioral pediatrics
- Child injury and maltreatment
- Emotion regulation/experiential avoidance
- Habit behavior
- Interpersonal victimization
- Multimedia-based treatment
- Psychotherapy process and outcomes
- Sexual deviations and dysfunctions