In Illinois Tech's APA-accredited Psychology Ph.D. program with a specialization in Clinical Psychology, you will receive training from the cognitive-behavioral theoretical framework. The program emphasizes an integration of clinical practice and applied clinical research and will prepare you for licensure eligibility in the state of Illinois. Our graduates typically work in medical centers and multi-disciplinary clinical settings as academics, practitioners, and researchers.
Research training is an important aspect of your education. At Illinois, you will be educated in the scientific process of psychological research. Training begins in the first year working with faculty on their projects and continues through conducting your own research. This will prepare you to present posters and papers at conferences, which will provide valuable experience and professional contacts. Research activities are normally conducted with your advisor, but you may also work with other clinical and non-clinical faculty members. You also have the flexibility to change your primary research mentor if your interests change during the course of training.
Clinical practicum experiences will prepare you for work as a clinician and provide you with valuable contacts in the field. They also allow you to develop your clinical expertise under the supervision of our faculty and to learn skills that cannot be taught in a classroom. Your practica will take place at general and specialized clinical sites throughout the Chicago area. Recent placements include all the major medical centers in the Chicago Metropolitan area and several community mental health centers.
An APA-accredited internship culminates your training as a practitioner. This year-long experience will allow the integration of your graduate experience while providing you with valuable "real world" experience. Recent internship placements can be found here.
Ph.D. degree at a glance
Students complete 107 credit hours for the Ph.D. degree in the clinical psychology speciality. The required courses include 24 credit hours that form a core sequence completed by all Ph.D. students in the Department of Psychology. An average grade of 3.0 with not more than one C must be achieved in PSYC 501-504. In addition to other required clinical courses, students are required to complete 4 credit hours of practicum (PSYC 533), 37 hours of research credits (PSYC 591, 597, 691), and 15 hours of electives.
Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data
Interview day for invited applicants admitted for Fall 2016 was on March 4, 2016. The interview date for 2017 will be announced soon.
Professors Haedt-Matt, Hopkins, Houston, Mitchell, and Young will be accepting students into their labs for the 2016-2017 academic year. Faculty in our Counseling and Rehabilitation Science program are also accepting students into their labs for the Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Psychology—Rehabilitation Track.
Our faculty conduct outstanding research addressing clinically important applied issues. Click here to learn more about their research areas and their full biographies.
You also have the option of specializing in Rehabilitation Psychology within the clinical program. This track will prepare you to be a licensed Clinical Psychologist practicing in rehabilitation settings. More information can be found here.
The Department of Psychology accepts applications to the clinical program for summer/fall entrance only. Applications and supporting documents must be received by January 15. Minimum requirements for admission include:
- Bachelor's degree with 18 hours of undergraduate psychology with course work in research methods or statistics.
- Letters of recommendation (3)
- Professional statement
- Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
- Graduate Record Exam (psychology subject test is not required.) Although all aspects of the application are considered, admission of students with verbal or quantitative GRE scores below 500 (old score) or 153 Verbal and 144 Quantitative (new score) or an analytic writing score below 4.0 are exceptional, requiring particular strengths in other aspects of the application.
The clinical faculty review all applications and then invite finalists to our annual open house in early March. Finalists are chosen for their perceived fit with the program, quality of references, and academic credentials. Invited students will receive more information in February.
For students entering the program in 2014 and 2015, the mean Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytic Writing GRE scores were 158, 151, and 4.3 respectively; the mean undergraduate GPA was 3.32. Typically, 11 to 13 students are admitted to the Clinical Program each year, three of whom are in the Rehabilitation Track.
Illinois Tech provides partial funding of clinical psychology Ph.D. students through a variety of mechanisms. All first-year students receive six credits of tuition credit in both the fall and spring semesters, associated with the required Chicago Public Schools (CPS) testing practicum. In subsequent years there are several funding opportunities, at least one of which is usually available for at least one year. These include testing and supervising positions in the CPS testing program, teaching assistantships, and teaching an undergraduate course. In addition, individual faculty members may have grants that fund graduate students. Most clinical students work part time at least some of the time they are at Illinois Tech. Although not arranged by Illinois Tech, these are typically excellent psychology experiences (e.g., as research assistants or neuropsychology testing technicians) and often pass down from Illinois Tech student to Illinois Tech student. Thus, there is partial funding which is arranged on a year-to-year basis.
For more information about the Illinois Tech's Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Psychology, contact:
Professor and Director
Clinical Psychology Division
Life Sciences Building, Room 246B
Illinois Tech's Ph.D. in Psychology program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1985. For more information on APA accreditation, please visit http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation or write to the address below.
APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC, 20002-4242