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Clinical Psychology Academic Information

The clinical psychology program is designed with two overlapping purposes:

  • to prepare students for further study in psychology at the doctoral level
  • to prepare students for employment in clinical positions at the master's level

This two-year 46 semester hour program is designed with the scientist-practitioner model as its foundation - clinical knowledge and experience is combined with research training. Therefore, the program provides a broad background in the following: application of statistics and research methodology; thorough exposure to the areas of personality; psychopathology and psychotherapy; intensive training in the assessment of intelligence and personality; supervised practice in interviewing and therapeutic intervention; and the opportunity to emphasize clinical work with adults or children while sharing common courses. An empirical thesis is required for completion of this program and students are encouraged to select a thesis chairperson and begin the thesis during the first year in the program. Students are also offered other opportunities to work with faculty on research teams that include both graduate and undergraduate students. Students receive clinical training through course work and complete a minimum 480 hours of supervised clinical practicum in community mental health settings. 

Doctoral and Employment Prospects:

More than 80 percent of our clinical psychology graduates who have applied for doctoral study (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) have been accepted to at least one program within three years of completing their degree at the University of Dayton.

Graduates have been successful in finding employment as master-level clinicians in settings such as state and private hospitals, community mental health/social service agencies, and correctional institutions. Our graduates have been employed by psychologists in private practice and others have secured teaching positions in community colleges.

Financial Aid:

Approximately one third of accepted applicants are offered Graduate Assistantships within the Department. The remainder of the accepted applicants are typically offered Research Assistantships funded through faculty research or clinical traineeships in which the student practices case management, assessment, or therapy in the community. Early applicants can also apply for Graduate Assistantships outside of the Department of Psychology on the Student Development website.

These applications are due January 10. Please note, acceptance of a GA position outside of the Department does not guarantee acceptance into our program. Also note, that should you make the first cut in the application process, you are expected to inform the Director of the Graduate Programs in Psychology of your GA application.


Department of Psychology

St. Joseph Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1430