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Clinical Psychology (MA/PhD)

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.

Applications are due December 1st. 

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 Student Admission, Outcomes and Other DataProgram ManualProgram HighlightsFaculty Diversity Manuscripts and Timeline. See our department's DEI website for more information.

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

You will 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

Applications are due December 1st. 

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 Antonio Polo and his students conduct research that addresses youth depression and the needs of early adolescents. Their team works on a coping skills program called Act and Adapt that helps young students learn to handle stress, improve their mood and gain control. They partner with school districts to train and support counselors, social workers and psychologists to deliver this program at dozens of Chicago schools.

“DePaul provided me with opportunities to build my research and teaching portfolio while I was a graduate student in ways that absolutely set me apart when I went on the academic job market. As the director of a sliding-scale community mental health training clinic serving sexual and gender minority clients, I am frequently grateful for the ways my current role supports continued practice of the Vincentian values that were so central to my experience at DePaul.”

Liz (MA/PhD ’19)

Assistant Professor & Director, Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic, Palo Alto University
Liz, Clinical Psychology MA/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 more than 201,000 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 five 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 information about the degree, admission requirements and upcoming info sessions. Let’s get started.

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