Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology


The Clinical Psychology Program at TU is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association and has been continuously accredited since January, 1991 (American Psychological Association, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation , 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; 202-336-5979). Full information pertaining to the University of Tulsa's accreditation is available at the APA's website.

The program prepares graduates to become scientist-practitioners of clinical psychology. Students develop a broad range of skills for the identification, evaluation, and resolution of human problems in agency, health-care, consulting, academic, or private practice settings. Training is based on the assumption that practice involves application of the theories, methods, and findings of scientific psychology to clinical problems.

Minimum Requirements for Admission:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a recognized regional accrediting body.
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Graduate Record Examination. No minimum score is specified, but we scrutinize these scores closely.
  • Eighteen hours of credit in psychology courses or in courses that are primarily psychological in nature in a closely related field. Applicants must have taken abnormal psychology and a course from among statistics, tests and measurements, or experimental psychology. Other recommended courses are developmental psychology, learning, social psychology, personality, cognitive psychology, physiological psychology, history of psychology, and general psychology.
  • Three satisfactory letters of recommendation.
  • If the student is currently in our Masters program, preference is given to second-year students over first-year students.

General Requirements

Program requirements are officially described in The Handbook For Graduate Programs in Clinical Psychology at the University of Tulsa. The doctoral program requires 90 credit hours of graduate work beyond the baccalaureate. Students complete a 15- hour core in general psychology, a 24-hour clinical core, nine hours of courses in methodology and statistics, at least 12 hours of practicum, at least one hour of dissertation research, and the remainder of the program’s credit hours in seminars, electives, and research. Specialized issues in clinical psychology are addressed in topical seminars that are offered each semester. Students must pass a comprehensive examination for the Ph.D. consisting of a general written and a clinical oral portion. Although a master’s thesis is not required, students must demonstrate research competence through completion of the pre-candidacy project, the proposal for the dissertation, and the doctoral dissertation. Students must pass a final oral examination on the dissertation. Flexibility exists in the choice of electives and practicum training experiences, allowing students to tailor the program to meet their individual needs. In addition to the 90-hour program, all students are required to complete a one-year pre-doctoral internship in a setting and training program approved by the clinical program committee. The doctoral training program at The University of Tulsa does not provide this internship. It is the responsibility of the student to apply for and be accepted by an internship that meets the training requirements listed in The Handbook for Graduate Programs in Clinical Psychology. 

Applications for the program are submitted through the Graduate School admission office.