Clinical Psychology (PSYD)

Graduate Program (PsyD)

Our APA Accredited Doctor of Clinical Psychology program educates skilled generalists as Health Service [Clinical] Psychologists who have a solid appreciation of the role of science in all aspects of professional activity. The program has a commitment to serving underserved populations through three interest areas: Children and Adolescents, Health Care Psychology Across the Life Span, and Individuals with Severe and Chronic Psychopathology.


Admission Requirements

The admission committee considers many variables. The entire set of credentials presented by the applicant is considered. However, a low standing on one criterion [e.g., grade point average (GPA), Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) score] does not automatically mean rejection, nor does one very high standing on one criterion mean automatic acceptance.

  • The applicant must possess a bachelor's or master's degree or their equivalent from a regionally accredited institution. The prior academic record must indicate ability and preparation necessary for pursuing graduate studies.
  • The minimum prerequisite for the program is 18 semester hours of undergraduate courses in psychology. These include courses in general (intro) psychology, introductory statistics, psychological research methods, and nine semester hours in other upper-division, undergraduate courses. It is required that applicants have taken an undergraduate course in psychological testing, but this can be taken after acceptance.
  • A minimum 3.0 is required in undergraduate and/or graduate coursework. Overall GPA in a degree program and GPA in the psychology courses are both assessed.
  • The General Test portion is required for all applicants. Applicants are required to take the GRE subject test if they neither majored nor minored in Psychology. Xavier University’s institution code is 1965.
  • Research experience is also considered. This may reflect anything from collecting data to publication in refereed journals.
  • In addition, work experience is also assessed. This may include internships and/or work experiences relevant to clinical psychology.
  • Three letters from academic/research sources, along with those describing other types of experience are required. It is strongly recommended that a minimum of two of the letters be from an academic resource.
  • Compatibility of the applicant's interests with those of the faculty is often considered, but is not necessary for acceptance.
  • The applicant's ability to write, as reflected in the Personal and Diversity Statements, as well as in technical writing, shown in published research, is also taken into account.
  • Above all, the applicant should demonstrate why they are interested in pursuing graduate study in clinical psychology, and why they feel Xavier is appropriate for that study.

Admission Process

Please be advised that the deadline for completed applications is December 1.

Applicants from foreign countries or those who completed their degree overseas are required to submit transcripts evaluated by World Educational Services, a financial statement, a sponsorship letter, and official TOEFL scores. All applicants should see that the School of Psychology receives the following items:

  • Apply on-line.
  • A non-refundable $35.00 application fee.
  • One copy of official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. These include colleges and universities that involve transfer credits.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required.
  • Written statements (Personal Statement and Diversity Statement) reflecting a commitment to clinical psychology.
  • GRE scores -- General Knowledge (required). Xavier University’s institution code is 1965.
  • A completed application for financial assistance (optional).
  • Any other information that might aid in the selection process (for example, relevant research and/or work experience).

Financial Aid

A limited number of graduate research and lab/teaching assistantships are available within the School of Psychology. Applicants are also encouraged to apply for graduate assistantships in other departments on campus. For more information on these assistantships, contact Graduate Services at 513 745-3360 or e-mail

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First Year

  • Psychometrics and Intelligence Testing
  • Assessment II: Personality
  • social-impact Aspects of Behavior
  • Cognitive Aspects of Behavior
  • Clinical Psychopathology
  • Diversity
  • Advanced Statistics I and II
  • Computer Statistical Language I and II
  • Introduction to Clinical Interactions


  • History & Philosophical Issues
  • Professional Problems & Ethics in Psychology

Second Year

  • Assessment III: Cognitive Functioning
  • Intervention Techniques: Behavior Therapy
  • Biological Bases of Behavior and Affective Aspects of Behavior
  • Advanced Research Design & Analysis I and II
  • Integrative Life Span Development I and II
  • Professional Development & Practicum I and II


  • Elective
  • Elective

Third Year

  • Intervention Techniques: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Intervention Cognitive Therapies
  • Major Research I & II
  • Clinical Practicum III & IV
  • Electives (2)

Fourth Year

  • Electives (3)
  • Major Research III
  • Clinical Practicum V & VI
  • Consulting and Program Evaluation
  • Interprofessional Education

Fifth Year

  • Internship

Sample Courses

Interest Area - A unique feature of the program is the opportunity for students to develop an area of interest in clinical child and adolescent psychology, health care psychology across the life span or in individuals with severe and chronic psychopathology problems. The areas of interest are designed to expose the student to basic issues and methodologies in working with populations that are presently underserved in our society. All students are required to take eight elective courses. Four of these eight are specified as the student's "Area of Interest."

Certificate in Foundations of Health Sciences Administration - Another unique feature of the program is that students may elect to use the remaining elective credit hours to earn a "Certificate in the Foundations of Health Sciences Administration." This coursework enhances the students' understanding of the economic forces in the health care delivery system. By taking graduate credit hours developed in cooperation with the graduate program in health services administration, students can be educated and trained in the attitudes, beliefs, and skills that are becoming increasingly important in the changing delivery of health care in the United States.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition, per credit hour Cost
Tuition for full-time students (in-state) $23,800(per year)
Tuition for full-time students (out-of-state) $23,800 (per year)
Additional estimated fees or costs to students (e.g. books, travel, etc.) $3,800
Student Fee, per semester
Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking full-time $8
Graduate Student Association Fee, degree seeking part-time $4

The amounts listed are for the 2019-20 school year, and include classes from Summer 2019 though Spring 2020. These amounts are updated to the most recent amounts available. For the full listing, please visit

apa accreditation

The APA accredited Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D. in clinical psychology) program is rooted in Xavier's strong commitment to the service of others. APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE; Washington DC 20002-4242, Phone 202-336-5979. Student Admissions, Outcomes, and other Data »

100% All graduates of the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program seeking employment have found positions in mental health centers, forensic or correctional agencies, medical centers, college counseling centers and private practice.


All graduates of the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program seeking employment have found positions in mental health centers, forensic or correctional agencies, medical centers, college counseling centers and private practice.

Psychology Options

We offer several ways for you to earn your advanced psychology degree


Doctoral program: PsyD in Clinical Psychology

Our APA accredited Doctor of Psychology embraces Xavier's highest standards of ethics, service and academic excellence.

Designed to transform students into highly skilled general practitioners of clinical psychology, every graduate completing this program successfully finds employment. Far from being a purely academic degree, the 2016 Bureau of Labor statistics reports that doctoral candidates have the best job opportunities in clinical, counseling, school psychology or private practice.


MA in General Experimental Psychology

Understanding behavior evolves from research. And many of the historical breakthroughs that popularly define "psychology" in the broadest sense, from the Pavlovian response to delayed gratification, began as an experiment. General Experimental, or research Psychology explores, develops and tests methods to study behavior and mental processes. The General Experimental Psychology program at Xavier is a very small program that supports the work of individual students with particular faculty with whom they share a research interest. Graduates of the program frequently apply to Ph.D. programs at other Universities.


MS in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

According to the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Industrial-Organizational (I-O) psychology is the scientific study of working and the application of that science to workplace issues facing individuals, teams, and organizations. The scientific method is applied to investigate issues of critical relevance to individuals, businesses, and society. From organizational consultants to multinational corporations your expertise will be called on for organizational development, talent management, human resources research, employee evaluation and much more. Our program is dedicated to training students to be successful scientists-practitioners in the field of I-O psychology.


faculty focused on you

Graduate psychology students interact with faculty members who have diverse academic and research interests, as well as professional training. Teaching is the primary mission of the department.

professional opportunities

Practica at various clinical placements both on campus and in the community will help you practice psychological skills under the supervision of licensed psychologists.

network of colleagues

Graduate student organizations include the Ohio Psychological Association of Graduate Students, the Xavier Psychological Association Graduate Students and XU Graduate Student Organization.