Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Integrating theory, research, and clinical practice

The Department of Psychology at Duquesne University educates students who are 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. Accordingly, faculty and graduates are sensitive to the multiple meanings of existence, work 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.

The Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program is an advanced course of study specializing in human science approaches to clinical psychology, integrating theory, research, and clinical practice. 

Application Information


The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association 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:


The Clinical Ph.D. program entails 79 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.


Graduates find positions in independent practice, community clinics, medical and managed care facilities, and in academic and research settings. It is possible to complete the program in five years, but most students graduate in six or seven years.