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Clinical Psychology (MA/PhD)
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Be a leader and an advocate

DePaul’s Clinical Psychology MA/PhD program emphasizes training in both scientific research and practice and has been recognized by the APA for training in diversity. You’ll gain a deep understanding of the societal and systemic forces that influence mental health and contribute to disparities in access to adequate health care for poor, urban and ethnically diverse populations. You’ll be prepared to work in the public sector, in an urban environment, with diverse ethnic and socio-economic populations, and with children, teens and families who have been traditionally underserved by psychology.

Choose from two areas of emphasis:

  • The community track emphasizes training in prevention, program development, consultation, empowerment and health promotion.
  • The child track focuses on developmental psychopathology and treatment of underserved youth in schools and community settings.

The Clinical Psychology MA/PhD is a combined degree. The MA is non-terminal, and the program admits only students intending to earn the PhD. Classes are offered on the Lincoln Park Campus, and this program can be completed in five or six years.

Get a closer look at what it’s like to be in the program. See our Program Manual, Program Highlights, Student Admission, Outcomes and Other Data, Faculty Diversity Manuscripts and Timeline.

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Hone your skills at DePaul’s own clinic and in greater Chicago

You'll receive extensive training while making an impact in the community. Through DePaul’s in-house clinic, you'll have opportunities to provide mental health services to local families with diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. You’ll also gain advanced experience in a number of settings in the Chicago area, such as Howard Brown Health Center, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for fall admission is December 1.

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, GRE scores, official transcripts, course history form, letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

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Required Courses

To earn the master’s, you’ll take 20 courses and complete a practicum and thesis. You’ll then take three core PhD courses and three courses in your area of emphasis, complete two practica, an internship and a dissertation.

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of Clinical Psychology graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.


DePaul’s Clinical Psychology program has received three APA awards—two focused on overall excellence in training and one focused on diversity.

Learn with respected contributors and mentors

Professor Leonard Jason, director of DePaul’s Center for Community Research, is one of the most respected researchers of chronic fatigue syndrome. He is editor of the “Handbook on Chronic Fatigue” and served on the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He’s a recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research Award.

“At DePaul, I was involved in community-focused research with excellent mentors that sought input from the communities they were serving. I learned to be a good clinician by going to clients’ homes and schools through an extensive outreach program for underserved populations.”

Darrin (MS ’07, PhD ’10)

Associate professor, Governors State University
Darrin, Clinical Psychology PhD alum  

Alumni Network

You’ll join a network of psychology alumni working in corporate and nonprofit settings and at colleges and universities around the country. You’ll also join a community of 180,000 DePaul alumni, the majority of whom live in the Chicago area.

DePaul’s APA-accredited clinical psychology doctoral program trains students in a scientist-practitioner model.

Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

       Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
       American Psychological Association
       Education Directorate
       750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
       Phone: (202) 336-5979


All entering students receive a full-tuition waiver and a stipend for the first three years of study.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Science and Health at (773) 325-7315 or

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We’ll send you our viewbook with information about the degree, admission requirements and upcoming info sessions. Let’s get started.

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