Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program in Chicago
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The Chicago School’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program offers the education and training to serve as health service psychologists in multiple settings. Clinical Psychology

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

  • Chicago, IL
  • Full-Time
  • 5 Years

  The Chicago School’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program (Psy. D.) offers students the education and training necessary to serve as health service psychologists in a variety of settings including nonprofit and government agencies, and a wide array of assessment and treatment venues. Chicago students complete foundational coursework in four intervention orientations: Cognitive behavioral Psychodynamic Humanistic […]


The Chicago School’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program (Psy. D.) offers students the education and training necessary to serve as health service psychologists in a variety of settings including nonprofit and government agencies, and a wide array of assessment and treatment venues.

Chicago students complete foundational coursework in four intervention orientations:

  • Cognitive behavioral
  • Psychodynamic
  • Humanistic existential
  • Systems

Augmenting their coursework, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program complete three years of practicum experience, positioning them to be well prepared for internship and employment opportunities. Utilizing our Research Clerkship model, first-year students are paired with faculty to receive mentorship in research and scholarship. They obtain important support and preparation for their dissertation and for future roles as consumers and producers of research and scholarship.

In addition to the broad and general foundational training they receive, students enroll in elective courses chosen to meet particular educational and professional goals, including ones from topically related clusters of courses.

Graduates of our APA accredited Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program at Chicago have pursued careers in a variety of settings, including:

  • Interprofessional health service venues (e.g., Clinics and Hospitals)
  • Mental health centers (public and private)
  • Governmental agencies
  • Academic settings

Students have the option to enroll in a Major Area of Study in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology or an Area of Focus in Neuropsychology.  Additionally, students have the opportunity to enroll in electives related to:

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

Additional Information and Data About the Chicago Campus’ Accredited Clinical Psy.D. Program.

Clinical Psy.D. General Program Course Grid.


Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program: Chicago Student Experience

The Chicago Campus provides students an opportunity to immerse themselves into a culturally diverse city with significant academic resources as well as excellent networking opportunities. Chicago is also home to some of the nation’s finest dining, entertainment, museums, and other activities.

At our flagship campus, The Chicago School has demonstrated a continued commitment to a diverse student population and expanding mental health services to multicultural and underserved communities.

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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 patient’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 I & II

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

Gender Identity: Development, Expression and Clinical Considerations

This elective course begins with an overview of the biological and physiological underpinnings of gender. Students 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 are explored. Gender development theories are 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 are discussed.

The Chicago campus’ Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program prepares graduates to sit for the national licensure exam, a requirement to becoming a psychologist. The program meets the academic requirements to sit for a licensure exam as a 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.

The Psy.D in Clinical Psychology program at the Chicago Campus is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

The American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242


The practicum is an integral component of clinical training. It provides a closely supervised clinical experience in which students use the knowledge obtained in the classroom to understand their patients and to develop skills in assessment, psychotherapy, and other discipline related areas. As such, the practicum serves to integrate the theoretical and practical aspects of the education of the professional psychologist. It allows students to become familiar with professional collaboration and consultation in a clinical setting.

All students are required to take fourteen semester hours of Practicum (four Basic, six Intermediate and four Advanced, see below). Basic practicum is primarily devoted to training in psychological assessment. Intermediate and Advanced practicums are primarily devoted to training in evidence-based models of intervention. All practicums require two hours of supervision weekly offered by the practicum site, as well as small group seminars offered by the school.  A minimum of 600 hours are completed by each student at each practicum level.

All students are required to complete an Internship following the successful completion of all course work, practicum, and dissertation requirements. On internship, students integrate academic knowledge with clinical skills and demonstrate the effective and ethical use of these skills in clinical practice. Through intensive supervised training, students gain direct experience in applying their knowledge with a clinical population.

The internship experience consists of a minimum of 2,000 hours of training over 12-24 months (full or part time, respectively). Appropriate sites for internship training include programs that are approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) and programs that are members of the Association of Psychology Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral Internship Centers (APPIC). The internship is a vital component of the educational requirements and is never transferred. Students are required to register for Internship during each semester they are on internship. Registration for Internship automatically assigns full-time student status.

More specific information is located in the Program Guidebook.

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Chicago, IL 60654-1822


Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the Chicago Campus must meet the following requirements:

  • Submit all required application materials.
  • Complete a baccalaureate degree from a college or university that is regionally accredited or an equivalent academic degree from a foreign college or university by the official start of the applicant’s intended term.
  • Present an academic record that demonstrates an ability to fulfill the academic demands of a doctoral program. Successful applicants typically have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Complete the following prerequisite coursework, earning a grade of “B-” or better prior to matriculation in the program.  An offer may be extended with coursework pending however courses must be successfully completed prior to the start of the intended term and verified through the submission of an official transcript.
    • Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test within the past five years.
    • Interview with faculty.  Interviews are by invitation only and applicants will be notified by the Office of Admission should an interview be granted.
    • Have demonstrated through written statements and interview the interest in and basic interpersonal skills needed to begin training for professional human service work.
    • Students whose primary language is not English must submit proof they are able to communicate in English at the Graduate level.  Language proficiency must also be evident through writing submitted with the application and in the interview.  Acceptable proof of English ability include:
    • Official TOEFL score report (TOEFL Code: 7161). To be considered for admission, students must submit a minimum score of  79 on the internet-based test  or 550 on the paper-based test
    • Official IELTS score report with a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS test
    • Completion of ELS course 112
    • Bachelor Degree or Master’s Degree from the United States.

    Admission to the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology is competitive and possession of the minimum requirements does not ensure admission.

    A complete application for the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the Chicago campus, includes the following:

    • Application
    • Application Fee
    • Essays – Please answer the following two questions in two separate documents (approximately 500 words each)
      • Many people choose Clinical Psychology as a career because they are interested in helping other people. Please tell us additional reasons, other than helping people, why you would like to be a clinical psychologist. Specifically, indicate why you would like training at the doctoral level rather than at the master’s level.
      • In your role as a clinical psychology student, you are likely to work and study with people from many backgrounds. Tell us what will be some of the challenges for you studying with people different from yourself and what you would contribute in your interactions with them.
    • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) Include a brief résumé or CV that describes your professional experience both inside and outside the field of psychology (include current professional activities)
    • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
      • You must arrange for your official GRE scores to be sent to the school. Our school code is 1119.
      • To register for the exam or request scores taken within the past five years, visit or call 1-888-GRE-SCORE.
      • Test scores older than 5 years will not be considered
    • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
      • Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official copies in a sealed envelope with a signature across the seal when they arrive.
      • International transcripts must be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service such as or
    • Three letters of recommendation. Appropriate recommendations are from professors and/or supervisors from significant clinical, volunteer or work experience that can assess the potential for academic success at the doctoral level and/or ability to succeed in a human services profession. Letters should either be submitted through our online application system or must arrive in a sealed envelope with a signature across the seal.
    • Required Courses*: At least 18 credit hours of psychology, including one course in each:
      • Abnormal psychology
      • Lifespan (human development)
      • Statistics

      *Equivalent coursework in other social sciences may be considered to meet the requirements listed. Students may also wish to include the following among the 18 credits:

      • Theories of personality
      • Biopsychology
      • Tests and measurements
      • Research methods

Applications submitted by the early application deadline and completed prior to November 10th may qualify for an early interview. Applications received after the March 15th deadline will be given consideration if space is available in the program. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions for additional information.

The Clinical Psy.D. program has a rolling admissions process. Students are notified of acceptance shortly after interview. Admitted students must make deposit to retain a spot in the program. Students are required to deposit by April 15th to retain their spot in the program.

International Application Requirements

  • 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
    • Lifespan (human development)
    • Statistics

The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid Department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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