What will I learn?

Areas of Study: The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is offered in the fields of experimental psychology and clinical psychology. The program is designed to produce experimental and clinical psychologists with broad knowledge of the field. Specialization for research is required during the student’s last two years of study.

The Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology follows the scientist/practitioner model of training. Although some of our graduates obtain applied, direct service provision positions, our training curriculum is such that those students whose career aspirations have been directed toward academic and research positions also have been successful. The Clinical Training Program is based on the premise that clinical psychologists should be skilled practitioners and mental health service providers as well as competent researchers. To facilitate these goals, we strive to maximize the match between the clinical and research interests of the faculty with those of the graduate students. The academic courses and clinical experiences are designed to promote the development in both areas. The objective of the Clinical Training Program is to graduate clinical psychologists capable of applying psychological theory, research methodology, and clinical skills to complex clinical problems and diverse populations. The program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association.

The clinical student must take the following required courses:

  • PSYC 5013 Advanced Developmental Psychology (Sp)
  • PSYC 5033 Psychopathology Theory & Assessment (Fa)
  • PSYC 5043 Assessment of Intellectual and Cognitive Abilities (Fa)
  • PSYC 5063 Advanced Social Psychology (Sp)
  • PSYC 5313 Introduction to Clinical Science: Research Design and Ethical Guidelines (Fa)
  • PSYC 5073 Introduction to Clinical Practice: Core Skills and Ethical Guidelines (Sp)
  • PSYC 5113 Theories of Learning (Fa)
  • PSYC 5133 Inferential Statistics for Psychology (Fa)
  • PSYC 5143 Advanced Descriptive Statistics for Psychology (Sp)
  • PSYC 5153 Advanced History and Systems of Psychology (Fa)
  • PSYC 5163 Personality: Theory & Assessment (Sp)

Which department am I in?

J William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 72 graduate semester credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree and 42 graduate-only semester hours beyond the master's degree)

Tuition fees
US$27,302.00 per year
The annual fee is based on 24 hours.
Start date

26 August 2019


J William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences

525 Old Main,

University of Arkansas,



72701, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a conferred baccalaureate degree. Students who have not completed their baccalaureate degree at the time of application must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA on the last 60.0 credit hours of attempted coursework. Students who have a degree at the time of application must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA on the last 60.0 credit hours of attempted coursework from a regionally accredited institution of higher education; a conferred post-baccalaureate, master, or doctoral degree (excluding professional degrees) from a regionally accredited institution. Other English Language Requirements accepted: A minimum score of 550 or higher on TOEFL (paper-based); Pearson Test of English (PTE) with an overall score of 58.

For international students

The student normally will be expected to have had at least 18 semester hours in psychology, including statistics and research methods, or their equivalents.

English Proficiency Test: TOEFL Internet-Based – 79; TOEFL Paper-Based – 550; IELTS - 6.5; PTE-A Pearson Test of English-Academic – 58.

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