Doctorate in Psychology – PhD, PhysD

The PhD in psychology and the PsyD in psychology are both considered to be terminal degrees. Terminal, meaning there is not a higher degree level an individual can earn within the field of psychology than a PhD or PsyD. In many fields of study a doctorate degree is typically only considered by those desiring to be involved in higher education or empirical research. In contrast, a doctorate in psychology is necessary for a growing number of psychology positions and is now required as a prerequisite to becoming a licensed clinical, counseling or educational psychologist anywhere in the United States.

There are two primary doctorate-level degree programs in psychology, the PhD in psychology, or Doctor of Philosophy and the PsyD in psychology, or Doctor of Psychology. So what are the differences between a PhD and PsyD?

PhD in Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy

A PhD in psychology is a research-oriented program that includes both theoretical and applied training in psychology. Individuals who pursue a PhD in psychology do so in preparation for a career in education or empirical research. A PhD in psychology also provides a solid foundation for a career as a practicing psychologist. Within the PhD there is a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a PhD in Counseling Psychology. Clinical psychologists assess and treat emotional, mental, and behavioral disorders ranging from short-term crises to more severe, chronic conditions. Counseling psychologists, on the other hand, help their clients make sense of change or make changes in their lifestyle. They can provide vocational and career assessments or guidance, help family members understand each other better and work together, and can help guide people through major life changes or conquer addictions.

PsyD in Psychology, Doctor of Psychology

The PsyD in psychology was developed as an alternative to the PhD in psychology because some psychologists saw that the Clinical PhD had limitations with its scientist-practitioner model. Unlike the PhD, which is research oriented, the PsyD is usually more focused on the practical application of psychology in a direct practice setting; it was founded to train practitioners, not researchers. Professionals who earn a PsyD in clinical or counseling psychology and become licensed are then qualified to administer psychotherapy, conduct psychological testing and treat various mental disorders.

On average, it takes between five and seven years to complete a doctorate degree in psychology. Whether you decide to pursue a PhD or PsyD, you will also be required to complete a supervised internship or residency program in an approved clinical setting under the direct supervision of a licensed psychologist. Most state licensing boards require that candidates for licensing have at least 1 to 2 years of supervised direct patient care experience before they can qualify for a state license.

Below we have compiled a comprehensive directory of over 330 accredited doctorate degree programs in psychology offered throughout the United States. Before you commit to a program, we recommend you check to ensure that it is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) as some clinical sites, internships, and jobs only offer openings to students or graduates of an APA accredited program.

Fielding Graduate University
Santa Barbara, CA
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
Palo Alto, CA
Liberty University
Lynchburg, VA
Northcentral University
Prescott Valley, AZ
Pacifica Graduate Institute
Carpinteria, CA
Regent University
Virginia Beach, VA
The University of Louisiana at Monroe
Monroe, LA
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Knoxville, TN
The University of Toledo
Toledo, OH
Union Institute & University
Cincinnati, OH
University of the Rockies
Colorado Springs, CO

Auburn University
Auburn University, AL
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL
University of Alaska-Anchorage
Anchorage, AK
University of Alaska-Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR
Alliant international University
San Diego, CA
Antioch University-Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, CA
Biola University
La Mirada, CA
California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, CA
California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks, CA
Claremont Graduate University
Claremont, CA
Fielding Graduate University
Santa Barbara, CA
Fuller Theological Seminary in California
Pasadena, CA
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
Palo Alto, CA
John F Kennedy University
Pleasant Hill, CA
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA
Pacifica Graduate Institute
Carpinteria, CA
Palo Alto University
Redwood City, CA
Pepperdine University
Malibu, CA
Phillips Graduate Institute
Encino, CA
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA
Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center
San Francisco, CA
Southern California Seminary
El Cajon, CA
Stanford University
Stanford, CA
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Los Angeles, CA
The Wright Institute
Berkeley, CA
University of California Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
University of California-Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
University of California-Davis
Davis, CA
University of California-Irvine
Irvine, CA
University of California-Merced
Merced, CA
University of California-Riverside
Riverside, CA
University of California-San Diego
La Jolla, CA
University of California-Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
University of California-Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
University of La Verne
La Verne, CA
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
University of the Pacific
Stockton, CA
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO
Denver Seminary
Littleton, CO
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, CO
University of Denver
Denver, CO
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO
University of the Rockies
Colorado Springs, CO
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT
University of Hartford
West Hartford, CT
Yale University
New Haven, CT
University of Delaware
Newark, DE
American University
Washington, DC
Gallaudet University
Washington, DC
George Washington University
Washington, DC
Georgetown University
Washington, DC
Howard University
Washington, DC
The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC
Barry University
Miami, FL
Carlos Albizu University-Miami Campus
Miami, FL
Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, FL
Florida International University
Miami, FL
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL
Florida Tech University
Melbourne, FL
Nova Southeastern University
Fort Lauderdale, FL
University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL
Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
Atlanta, GA
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA
University of Georgia
Athens, GA
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, HI
Idaho State University
Pocatello, ID
Adler School of Professional Psychology
Chicago, IL
DePaul University
Chicago, IL
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL
Illinois State University
Normal, IL
Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, IL
National-Louis University
Chicago, IL
Northern Illinois University
Dekalb, IL
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
Roosevelt University
Chicago, IL
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
North Chicago, IL
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Carbondale, IL
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL
Wheaton College
Wheaton, IL
Ball State University
Muncie, IN
Christian Theological Seminary
Indianapolis, IN
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN
Indiana University Bloomington
Bloomington, IN
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
University of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN
Iowa State University
Ames, IA
Northwestern College
Orange City, IA
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
Wichita State University-College of Education
Wichita, KS
Spalding University
Louisville, KY
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA
Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, LA
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA
University of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
University of Maine
Orono, ME
University of Southern Maine
Portland, ME
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
Loyola University Maryland
Baltimore, MD
Morgan State University
Baltimore, MD
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Bethesda, MD
University of Maryland-Baltimore County
Baltimore, MD
University of Maryland-College Park
College Park, MD
American International College
Springfield, MA
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA
Boston University
Boston, MA
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA
Clark University
Worcester, MA
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
Boston, MA
Northeastern University
Boston, MA
Simmons College
Boston, MA
Suffolk University
Boston, MA
Tufts University
Medford, MA
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Amherst, MA
University of Massachusetts-Boston
Boston, MA
Western New England College
Springfield, MA
Andrews University
Berrien Springs, MI
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI
Michigan School of Professional Psychology
Farmington Hills, MI
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI
Oakland University
Rochester, MI
University of Detroit Mercy
Detroit, MI
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI
Delta State University
Cleveland, MS
Jackson State University
Jackson, MS
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS
The University of Mississippi
University, MI
University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS
Avila University
Kansas City, MO
Forest Institute of Professional Psychology
Springfield, MO
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, MO
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Saint Louis, MO
Washington University in St Louis
Saint Louis, MO
The University of Montana
Montana, MT
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE
University of Nebraska-Omaha
Omaha, NE
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV
University of Nevada-Reno
Reno, NV
Antioch University New England
Keene, NH
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Teaneck, NJ
Kean University
Union, NJ
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
Rutgers The State University of New Jersey-Newark
Newark, NJ
Rutgers University – New Brunswick
New Brunswick, NJ
Seton Hall University
South Orange, NJ
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
Adelphi University
Garden City, NY
Alfred University
Alfred, NY
Columbia University
New York, NY
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
CUNY Bernard M Baruch College
New York, NY
CUNY John Jay College Criminal Justice
New York, NY
CUNY-Brooklyn College
Brooklyn, NY
CUNY-City College of New York
New York, NY
CUNY-Hunter College
New York, NY
CUNY-The Graduate Center
New York, NY
Fordham University
Bronx, NY
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY
Long Island University – Brooklyn Campus
Brooklyn, NY
Long Island University – C. W. Post Campus
Brookville, NY
Mount Saint Mary College
Newburgh, NY
New York University
New York, NY
Pace University
New York, NY
St. John's University
Queens, NY
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY
SUNY-Albany
Albany, NY
SUNY-Binghamton
Binghamton, NY
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY
The New School
New York, NY
University at Buffalo – SUNY
Buffalo, NY
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY
Yeshiva University
New York, NY
Duke University
Durham, NC
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, NC
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND
Bluffton University
Bluffton, OH
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH
Kent State University
Kent, OH
Miami University
Oxford, OH
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
Ohio University
Athens, OH
Otterbein University
Westerville, OH
The University of Toledo
Toledo, OH
University of Akron
Akron, OH
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH
Wright State University
Dayton, OH
Xavier University
Cincinnati, OH
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK
University of Tulsa
Tulsa, OK
George Fox University
Newberg, OR
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR
Pacific University
Forest Grove, OR
Portland State University
Portland, OR
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR
Arcadia University
Glenside, PA
Carlow University
Pittsburgh, PA
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA
Chatham University
Pittsburgh, PA
Chestnut Hill College
Philadelphia, PA
Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA
Gannon University
Erie, PA
Immaculata University
Immaculata, PA
Indiana University-East
Indiana, PA
La Salle University
Philadelphia, PA
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA
Lincoln University of Pennsylvania
Lincoln University, PA
Marywood University
Scranton, PA
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Widener University
Chester, PA
Carlos Albizu University
San Juan, PR
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-San German
San German, PR
Ponce School of Medicine
Ponce, PR
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Puerto Rico
Ponce, PR
University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus
Rio Piedras, PR
Brown University
Providence, RI
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI
Bob Jones University
Greenville, SC
Clemson University
Clemson, SC
Converse College
Spartanburg, SC
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC
Wofford College
Spartanburg, SC
University of South Dakota
Vermillion, SD
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN
Tennessee State University
Nashville, TN
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Knoxville, TN
Trevecca Nazarene University
Nashville, TN
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
Austin College
Sherman, TX
Baylor University
Waco, TX
Our Lady of the Lake University
San Antonio, TX
Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View, TX
Rice University
Houston, TX
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX
Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, TX
Texas A & M University
College Station, TX
Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi, TX
Texas A&M University Commerce
Commerce, TX
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, TX
Texas Southern University
Houston, TX
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX
The University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, TX
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX
The University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, TX
The University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, TX
The University of Texas-Pan American
Edinburg, TX
University of Houston
Houston, TX
University of North Texas
Denton, TX
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Utah State University
Logan, UT
The University of Vermont
Burlington, VT
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA
Institute for the Psychological Sciences
Arlington, VA
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA
Norfolk State University
Norfolk, VA
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA
Radford University
Radford, VA
Regent University
Virginia Beach, VA
The College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, VA
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA
Virginia State University
Petersburg, VA
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA
Antioch University Seattle
Seattle, WA
Northwest University
Kirkland, WA
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle, WA
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Washington State University
Pullman, WA
Marshall University
Huntington, WV
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV
Concordia University-Wisconsin
Mequon, WI
Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI
Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology
Milwaukee, WI
University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY

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