Psychology

The Duquesne University Psychology Department is renowned throughout the world for its scholarship in the area of human science psychology. The Department welcomes students sensitive to the assumptions that underlie any effort to understand human beings, and the historical, cultural, relational, and embodied character of all human thought and activity.

We walk alongside you in your examination of the multiple meanings of existence, working towards the liberation and well-being of persons individually as well as in community, and do so with a deep and abiding consideration of ethics.

As you work towards our Clinical Psychology Ph.D., you are immersed in an advanced course of study specializing in human science approaches to clinical psychology, integrating theory, research, and clinical practice. 

While it is possible to complete the program in five years, most students graduate in six or seven years.

Careers

With a Ph.D. from Duquesne, you will be positioned to establish careers in independent practice, community clinics, medical and managed care facilities, and in academic and research settings.

Application Deadline 

Students should submit their application no later than December 1st.

 

Degree

Doctorate

Required Credit Hours

73

Program Requirements

A minimum of 73 credits (excluding six credits for the dissertation) is required. There is a residence requirement, which is fulfilled while completing the coursework. 

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.
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 submitted during the fourth or fifth 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.
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.
After completing coursework, students are required to write a dissertation and successfully defend it. During this time, they must register every fall and 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 (PSYC 701) are then required to register for continuous registration (zero credits) until the dissertation has been completed and defended. Registration for dissertation credits and/or continuous registration are considered full-time enrollment and students are eligible for loans.

Application Requirements

Submit the university application through the graduate application portal including a resume or curriculum vitae. 

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

If your undergrad and/or graduate degrees are from an institution located outside of the United States, you must use a transcript credential evaluation service to obtain a course-by-course report. The official reports must be sent directly to Duquesne University from the organization you order through and will qualify as official transcripts.

In addition to the transcripts, the Psychology Department requests that a simple list of relevant psychology courses already completed be uploaded to the application site as well.

At least three confidential letters of recommendation must be submitted by those in a position to assess the applicant's past performance and future academic potential. Please use the graduate application portal to generate online requests for confidential letters of recommendation. Recommenders will receive instructions by email for uploading their letters directly to the Duquesne system.
In response to the following prompt 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.
This should be an excellent example of your scholarly writing-there is no length or content requirement.

This applies only to international students. Scores should be sent electronically.

Accreditation

The program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since November 2001 and is listed in the Doctoral Psychology Programs Meeting Designated Criteria developed and published by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards and National Register.

*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 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org 
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

Student Admissions Outcomes

FAQ's

Unsure of whether Duquesne's Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology is for you? We promise that our program is everything you've dreamed and more than what you've imagined. See below for some frequently asked questions, but we encourage you to reach out to the department to request more information.

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.
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.
All applicants to the Ph.D. program must have earned a Bachelor's degree at an accredited institution, and by the time of application completed a minimum of 12 credits of coursework in Psychology. We require that 6 of the 12 credits be from an Introduction to Psychology course and a Psychological Disorders course. In addition, and whereas it is not a requirement, we strongly recommend a course in the Psychology of Personality as well. The Bachelors degree does not have to be in Psychology.
Yes, we require the TOEFL for all International students. The GRE exam is no longer required.
Although there is no cut-of for GPA's we generally consider applications to be competitive with GPA's above 3.5. 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.
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.
The Clinical Ph.D. Program entails seventy 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. It is possible to complete the program in five years, but most students graduate in six or seven years.
Only full-time students are accepted in to the program.
We do not offer any program classes online.
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.
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.

Funding for 5th-year Students

We understand that funding a doctoral degree can be an obstacle in your educational journey and wish to help our students as much as possible. Below are a few options available to our 5th year students, but our list of funding options is always growing. 

The  Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner.

The Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship program, which awards scholarships to doctoral candidates at U.S. universities researching and writing dissertations with clear relevance for policy and practice in the field of international peacebuilding and conflict management.


The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts is the official publication for NIH medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunities.

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation Fellowship program seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Additional funding options are available, please contact the Department of Psychology for more information.

Dissertations in Progress

  • Bradley, Jennifer - Discovering a sanctuary for play: Developing an integrative and restorative approach to playscape design
  • Brar, Pavan - Examining the association between anomalous world-experience and paranoia in schizophrenia spectrum disorders: An experience sampling approach
  • Browne, Michelle - Lateral others in the trauma narrative: The place of the sibling in histories of abuse and neglect
  • Floyd, Rachel - Understanding the psychological significance of Astrology in Millennial Women's Lives
  • Fried, Michelle - Practical Cynicism
  • Gaddes, Benjamin - Investigating inactivism
  • Goodwin, Lucas - Excessive before it begins: A critical analysis of racialized encounters between police and African American men
  • Guzman, Erick - Neuropunk: A discursive ethnographic study of the do-it-yourself transcranial direct current stimulation community
  • Hovhannisyan, Garri - A demonstration of enactivist personality assessment using the five-factor model
  • Huang, Sofia - A radical ethnography of Asian American mental health
  • Landry, Brad - Locating Play in process: D.W. Winnicott & the therapeutic power of collaborative assessment
  • Leadem, Sean - Embodied fatness in boys: a critical phenomenological study
  • Luiggi-Hernandez, Jose - A qualitative study on hoping within the colonized context of Puerto Rico
  • Strosberg, Benjamin - Negative psychology of Antisemitism: Fear of the uncatagorizable