The school of psychology at Xavier has offered graduate level work in psychology since 1962 when the masters of arts was initiated. There were concentrations in clinical, counseling, industrial-organizational, and experimental. The program adhered to the practitioner-scientist orientation that recognized the importance of a strong research foundation upon which applied skills were built. In 1997, the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) program was established and the Masters of Arts degree was continued in the areas of industrial-organizational and experimental. In 2001, the Psy.D. program was APA-accredited (APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE; Washington DC 20002-4242, Phone 202-336-5979).
In all psychology graduate programs at Xavier, students will learn to integrate theory, research, and practice to become skilled professionals who understand the importance of the scientific foundations of psychology and are prepared to assume one of the many roles of professional psychologists.