Psychology - Clinical (PhD)


Admission Requirements

The Clinical Psychology PhD Program application deadline is December 1.

Completed graduate applications should be submitted online to the University of Louisville, Graduate School. Interested students may also call the Graduate School at (502) 852-6495 for more information.

Our PhD programs admit students to begin in the fall semester, with a usual start date of July 1. Applicants must provide the following:

  1. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. All applicants for whom English is a second language must also submit official TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 213 or higher on the computer-based test. English proficiency can also be met by submitting official IELTS scores of at least 6.5 overall band score from the academic module exam or official Duolingo overall score of 105.  Students holding a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States may be exempt from this requirement.
  2. Transcripts of college records from all schools attended must be submitted to the Graduate School. Students must have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from academic sources are required and must be submitted to the Graduate School.

Application materials are available online. For additional information, contact Maggie Leahy, (502) 852-4364.

The Clinical Psychology PhD curriculum contains two basic sets of core courses: department/general core and clinical core. The curriculum closely follows guidelines for accreditation established and maintained by the American Psychological Association's Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation.

General Core

Area A
PSYC 620Human Learning3
or PSYC 621 Cognitive Processes
Area B
PSYC 642Behavioral Neuroscience3
or PSYC 643 Principles of Neuroscience
Area C
PSYC 670Advanced Social Psychology3
PSYC 661Advanced Developmental Psychology3
PSYC 673Advanced Personality Theory3
Area D
PSYC 610
PSYC 611
Advanced Statistics I
Advanced Statistics II
Minimum Total General Core Hours21

Clinical Core

PSYC 656Professional and Ethical Issues in Clinical Psychology3
PSYC 679
PSYC 680
Introduction to Assessment and Clinical Skills
Intellectual and Cognitive Assessment
PSYC 683
PSYC 684
Clinical Research and Psychological Interventions
Psychological Interventions
PSYC 685Clinical Psychology Practicum (multiple semesters) 111
PSYC 689Clinical Psychopathology3
PSYC 693Interviewing Skills Practicum1
Minimum Total Clinical Core Hours30

Other Degree Requirements

PSYC 601History of Modern Psychology3
Seminars 29
Students are required to complete a minimum of three graduate seminars offered within the department. Seminars offered in other departments may be considered to fulfill this requirement with the consent of the Director of Clinical Training.
Culture & Diversity
Students are required to complete a graduate course in culture and diversity. This may count as one of the three seminars required.
Students will complete a minimum of six (6) research hours for master's (PSYC 603) and dissertation (PSYC 701).
Minimum Total Other Hours18

A total of eleven (11) cumulative credit hours are required for the PhD; students are expected to have an annual minimum of 160 direct contact hours in order to fulfill this requirement.


Recent seminars include: Geropsychology Assessment, Cultural Neuroscience, Career & Professional Development in Clinical Psychology, Cultural Diversity in Psychology, Geropsychology, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, Child Psychopathology, Forensic Assessment, and Clinical Neuropsychology.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology program prepares students to meet the requirements for certification and/or licensure.  If you plan to pursue professional licensure or certification you should first determine your state’s criteria for examination and licensure to see how/if our program meets those requirements prior to enrollment. We recommend that you also contact your state’s licensing board directly to verify that the requirements have not changed recently and to answer any questions especially those regarding additional requirements beyond the degree. 

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