The goal of the Clinical Psychology PhD program at OSU is to train you to become a
scientific clinical psychologist. The program recently transitioned to a clinical
science model and is a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science. The
program emphasizes the development of knowledge and skills in basic psychology, clinical
theory, assessment and treatment procedures, and research. Four specialized tracks
are offered: clinical child, health psychology/behavioral medicine, pediatric psychology,
and adult clinical psychology.
Quantitative methods, research design, and teaching practicum
Thesis (6 credit hours)
Dissertation (15 credit hours)
6 clinical core courses
4 additional elective courses, often within specialized track
by the American Psychological Association (APA). We've also recently been accredited
by Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System and we're a member of the Academy
of Psychological Clinical Science.
Research and Faculty
Our program provides instruction, research training, and clinical supervision
to develop competencies and skills in the scientifically informed practice of clinical
psychology. You will be trained to function independently as a research scientist
and to use scientific evidence in all phases of developing and applying clinical services.
Bachelor's or master's degree (psychology degree not required)
Adequate preparation for graduate study in psychology recommended, including such
courses as: introductory psychology, experimental psychology/research methods, and
statistics/quantitative methods in psychology.
Applicants without recommended undergraduate psychology courses may apply, provided
they have done outstanding work in related areas of study (completion of undergraduate
courses after admission may be required)
Minimum GPA of 3.3 preferred
Three letters of reference
Statement of purpose
Writing sample from psychology course, convention, or presentation that is representative
of your writing abilities
Dec. 1 (Fall admission)
Cost & Assistance
Since our graduate training programs aim at high-level professional training, we believe
that every student should be provided with adequate financial support to complete
the program. The department does not encourage graduate students to enroll in the
program while supporting themselves with a job not associated with their academic
pursuits. The department's goal is to provide financial support for all graduate students
through teaching assistantships, research assistantships, fellowships, and traineeships.
The department also helps students locate other sources to financially support their