Get practical experience as well as top-level knowledge from respected faculty with our PhD in Clinical Psychology degree program.
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 clinical psychology PhD 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.
Walden’s PhD in Clinical Psychology program offers a General Program without a specialization, or a variety of optional specializations to help you meet your personal and professional goals. Learn more about each specialization and its related curriculum:
Graduates of the PhD in Clinical Psychology program will be prepared to:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that, as a profession, clinical psychology is projected to grow 19% between 2014 and 2024.2 This increased demand for psychological services in medical settings, such as hospitals, schools, social service agencies, and mental health centers, will drive new job opportunities.
With a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Walden, you may move into a variety of positions, including:
Learn more about the career outlook for graduates with a PhD in Clinical Psychology.
Career options may require additional experience, licensure, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this program.
The ability to transfer credit at Walden can give you a more seamless, effective, and cost-efficient way to continue your education. Complete your required coursework sooner by transferring applicable required graduate credits into a Walden degree program.
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.
Walden made it possible for me to pursue my doctoral studies through the flexibility of online learning so I could complete my classes, my residencies, and my studies on my time.
I have recommended Walden to several colleagues over the years. The flexibility that Walden offers is great and it’s respected for its accreditation.
1Clinical Psychology positions may require state licensure, additional experience, or other factors beyond successful completion of the degree program.
2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014–15 Edition, Psychologists, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm.
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. Learn more about professional licensure.
Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.