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. 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, charged by the Center for Global Engagement. For more information, see the web page.


Applicant Information

Application Information

GRE Scores are not required

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 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 Psychology of Personality as well. Individuals meeting these prerequisites are invited to apply.

The deadline for the application and all supporting materials is December 1st

To Apply 

If at any time you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Graduate Department.

Please gather the needed application materials, see the list below:

Your completed application file will contain the following:

  • Your on-line application (no fee required)
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • 3 Letters of recommendation
  • 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. 

    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.
  • 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
  • In addition to the transcripts, the Psychology Department requests that a simple list of relevant psychology courses taken, be uploaded to the application as well.
  • 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 following 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 submitted through the online portal 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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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?

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.

Do you require the TOEFL and GRE exams?

Yes, we require the TOEFL for all International students. The GRE exam is no longer required.

What is the cutoff for GPA's and TOEFL Scores?

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.

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 one time fee charged by the Center for Global Engagment. 

How long does it take to complete this program?

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.

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 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.

Degree Requirements

The Clinical Ph.D. Program entails seventy nine course credits, 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.


Pre-Doctoral Internship

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.

Comprehensive Examination

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.

Dissertation Defense

After completing coursework, students are required to write a dissertation and successfully defend it. During this time, students 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.

Credit 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.  Credit Requirements include.

Interview Dates

For 2023

Candidates selected for an interview will be notified in late January.

The Interview dates will be announced at a later date.  

Invited applicants will be notified via email. 

All other applicants will be notified by a letter uploaded to application site.