Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology in Chicago

Program Description

The Chicago School’s Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program in Chicago provides training in culturally competent service provision and offers students a wide variety of professional training opportunities.

Chicago students complete foundational coursework in four intervention orientations (Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic, Humanistic Existential, and System). 

A unique aspect of the doctorate in Clinical Psychology program in Chicago is the Research Clerkship model, during which first-year students are paired with core faculty to receive mentorship in research and scholarship, and obtain important support for their dissertation. All students complete three years of practicum experiences positioning them to be well prepared for internship placement and opportunities.

Optional Major Area of Study:

Clinical Child Psychology

Optional Area of Focus:


Clusters of Related Courses Within the Curriculum:

Child, Adolescent, and Family
Forensic Psychology
Health Psychology
International Psychology and Human Rights
Psychotherapy and Spirituality
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity


Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data


Clinical Psy.D. General Program Course Grid

Students have the option of enrolling in a Child & Adolescent Track or the following Areas of Study: Child, Adolescent and Family, Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, International Psychology and Human Rights, Psychotherapy and Spirituality, and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.



Clinical Psychology



The Chicago campus’ Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program prepares graduates to sit for the national licensure exam, a requirement to becoming a clinical psychologist. The program meets the academic requirements to sit for licensure as a Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois. Students who wish to practice in jurisdictions other than Illinois should consult with their local licensing agency to determine licensure requirements.

Total Credits


Fieldwork Requirements

Program Time to Completion

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • 18 semester hours of psychology credit with grades earned of B- or better including three specific courses; 
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Statistics
    • Child/Human Development or Lifespan
  • N/A
Admission Requirements

GRE Requirements

Sample Courses

Advanced Psychopathology

Advanced Psychopathology builds on students’ understanding of concepts and diagnostic issues presented in Basic Psychopathology as they have gained clinical and training experiences throughout their first year and a half of doctoral studies. Advanced Psychopathology will explore psychopathology and diagnostic issues from applied, multi-dimensional perspectives, adding layers of treatment planning and critical considerations to clinical case material. Students in Advanced Psychopathology will be expected to discuss diagnostic and treatment planning aspects of cases introduced by the instructor (e.g., via written material, oral presentation and other media) and by students themselves. Students will also learn to conceptualize client’s concerns from biopsychological, empirically supported, and theory-specific approaches, with particular attention to the theory students identify as their curricular track.

Diversity in Clinical Psychology

This course lays a theoretical and experiential foundation for students in multicultural psychology. The course blends exposure to theory and literature, cross-cultural immersion, and personal introspection. It provides a basic framework for understanding privilege and power, systems of oppression and domination, worldview, cultural competency, and identity. It will explore the impact and social construction of culture, gender, ethnicity, religion/spirituality, class, race, abledness, and immigrant status. Students will address the intersection of multiple identities and will explore the impact of their own culture and held personal stereotypes, beliefs and assumptions.

Gender Identity: Development, Expression and Clinical Considerations

This course begins with an overview of the biological and physiological underpinnings of gender. Students will then examine the development of gender identity expectations and the systems that reinforce traditional presentations. Social contexts and issues impacting the gender roles of females, males, and transgender and intersex individuals will be explored. Gender development theories will be examined and integrated with clinical perspectives. The unique challenges encountered when working with clients for whom gender identity and/or gender expression do not fit into a binary system will be discussed.

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