Walden’s PhD in Clinical Psychology program can prepare you to practice, teach, or research to positively impact the mental health of diverse clientele.

In this blended doctoral program, featuring online and in-person participation, you can gain the skills to assess mental wellness and provide interventions as a practitioner, educator, researcher, or consultant. Taught by respected psychology faculty, coursework explores current theories and empirically supported practice. You can combine scholarly research with practical experience to build the skills and knowledge to work with people who are struggling with mental illness or general life issues.

Why Earn Your PhD in Clinical Psychology From Walden?

  • This blended program gives you hands-on experience through the Academic Year in Residence (AYR), doctoral residencies, supervised practicum, and internship requirements.
  • With your degree, you can serve as a practitioner, faculty member, consultant, administrator, or researcher. This program is intended to prepare you for licensure as a psychologist.*
  • Our scholar-practitioner model enables you to apply research to address real-world problems.

*Clinical Psychology positions may require state licensure, additional experience, or other factors beyond successful completion of the degree program.

Flexible Options: Earn Your Master’s or Shorten Your Path

Depending on your academic background, you may be able to earn a master’s along the way or shorten your path to a PhD.

  • If you hold a bachelor's degree, you can earn your MS in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Psychology while completing your PhD in Clinical Psychology.
  • If you hold a master’s degree, you may be eligible to apply previously earned credits toward the PhD program, significantly reducing your time to completion and total cost.† Contact an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336 for details.

Learning Outcomes

This program will train students to:

  • Explain the contributions of the biological, affective, social, and cognitive areas of psychology as they impact human adaptive and maladaptive functioning.
  • Articulate the history of clinical psychology, how the specialty of clinical psychology is unique, and how to develop a clinical psychology identity.
  • Synthesize principles of basic and advanced research methods to produce independent scholarly research.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in evaluating the effectiveness of empirically supported treatments using an evidence-based practice approach.
  • Synthesize theory and contemporary research to establish a theoretically and empirically anchored personal orientation to the practice of clinical psychology.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing empirically supported models of clinical psychotherapy, consultation, and supervision with diverse populations.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing cognitive and personality-assessment skills with diverse populations.
  • Develop constructive working relationships with clients, supervisors, instructors, and colleagues while also demonstrating an appropriate and professional demeanor.
  • Engage in personal self-assessment to examine feelings, beliefs, attitudes, and opinions regarding your own perspective and worldview as well as those of others.
  • Describe salient experiences and perspectives of diverse populations including but not limited to race, culture, socioeconomics, age, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.
  • Utilize critical thinking and apply relevant ethical codes (e.g., APA, ACA) to decision-making with diverse populations in a variety of settings.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use multicultural clinical intervention and assessment skills in varied training and professional settings.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of how social/political issues, policies, and events impact the field of clinical psychology.
  • Engage in professional activities related to clinical psychology that promote positive social change.

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

Note on Licensure: The PhD in Clinical Psychology program is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for psychology licensing exams. This program is designed to meet the academic licensure requirements of some state psychology boards. However, Walden University’s PhD in Clinical Psychology program is not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and has not received designation by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards/National Register (ASPPB/NR), which are requirements for licensure in some states.

Note to all Minnesota residents: Students in the PhD in Clinical Psychology program who plan to seek licensure as a psychologist in Minnesota must enroll in two additional courses in applications of psychological principles to problem solutions as part of their program of study to meet specific Minnesota academic requirements for licensure. Walden’s academic advisors can assist students in identifying appropriate courses. As academic requirements may change, students are encouraged to check Minnesota Board of Psychology licensing requirements on a regular basis.

Walden Facts


Almost 95% of Walden alumni responding to our survey say that their program helped them to advance positive social change.*


More than half of Walden doctoral graduates who responded to our survey say their degree contributed to earning a pay raise.*

Source: www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2014 survey.


Tierra Wilson

Tierra Wilson

MS in Psychology Graduate and PhD in Psychology With a Specialization in Clinical Psychology Student
I use everything I learned at Walden on a regular basis, whether in my teaching, research, or clinical practice. My PhD was the linchpin that allowed me to do what I do now.
The PhD in Clinical Psychology program gives students the skills, knowledge, and attitude needed to become agents of positive social change in the lives of others and the communities in which they serve. This program is unique in that it offers the flexibility of a blended format (part online, part in residence) taught by world-class faculty with years of experience as teachers and practitioners.
Timothy Barclay PhD in Psychology Graduate
Timothy Barclay
Dr. Timothy Lionetti PhD in Clinical Psychology Program Director
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