Graduate training in psychology, which Xavier has offered since 1962, is the perfect next step for anyone seeking a professional career in clinical psychology, industrial-organizational psychology, research or academics. You'll work closely with faculty members who are nationally recognized leaders in the profession of psychology and actively involved in research, publishing, and clinical practices.

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.


MA 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.

21 Our faculty is currently serving as chairs and committee members of 21 different local, regional and national professional organizations.


Our faculty is currently serving as chairs and committee members of 21 different local, regional and national professional organizations.


personal attention

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, and all full-time psychology faculty members teach both undergraduate and graduate courses. Faculty members are actively involved in research and publishing to advance the field of psychology.

experiential learning

Depending on your chosen field of study, psychology students can participate in original research with faculty and psychology graduate students. Plus present research at local, regional and national professional conferences, or publish research in scholarly journals. Students can also participate in for-credit internships at such institutions as Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Talbert House.

expansive network

The Xavier chapter of the Psychological Association Graduate Students (XPAGS) is a student operated organization for psychology graduate students of Xavier University. Just a few of its goals include involving graduate students in networking to professional psychology associations, raising monies to fund research, travel and enhance the social relationship among graduate students, faculty and staff.