In Walden’s Ph.D. in Psychology program, you can explore current theories and best practices and carry out research that will help you build the skills and knowledge you need to work with a diverse clientele in a variety of settings.

This program—based on a scholar-practitioner model—encourages you to integrate scholarly research with practical expertise and provides you with the tools to make an impact in your field, helping you change your world and the world of others.

Taught by respected researchers and experts in the field, this program offers eight specializations that allow you to focus on a specific area of psychology. Select the Clinical Psychology or Counseling Psychology specialization if you want to prepare for licensure and independent psychological practice.*

*The Clinical Psychology and Counseling Psychology specializations in the Ph.D. in Psychology program are designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for psychology licensing exams. These specializations are designed to meet the academic licensure requirements of some state psychology boards. However, Walden University’s professional specializations in Clinical Psychology and Counseling Psychology are not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and have not received designation by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards/National Register (ASPPB/NR), which are requirements for licensure in some states. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues, state-by-state educational requirements, and internship and practicum requirements; however, it remains the student’s responsibility to evaluate and understand the licensure requirements for the state or international location in which he or she intends to work as requirements vary widely. Walden University makes no representation or guarantee that the completion of a degree or coursework for graduate credit will permit the student to obtain licensure.

"My degree has inspired others. They saw the cahnge in me and wanted the same." - Jennifer Leach

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

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  • How do I Choose the Right Degree?

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