Q: Will the program allow me to be licensed as a psychologist?
A: Our program is certified by the Office of Professions as a Program Leading to Licensure as a psychologist in the state of New York. After completing the program, graduates must complete 1500 hours of supervised experience and pass the national licensure examination (EPPP) to be licensed as psychologists. Requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change, so potential applicants are encouraged to review licensing requirements in any state or province in which they may wish to practice. A list of licensing requirements and contact information for licensing boards may be found at the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.
Q: Is Medaille's Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program accredited?
A: Medaille College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The doctoral program is not accredited by the APA Commission on Accreditation but is designed to meet accreditation standards.
Q: How is a PsyD in clinical psychology different from a PhD?
A: The Doctor of Psychology, or PsyD Degree, is a practitioner-focused degree. Our PsyD program follows the Practitioner-Scholar model, which, when compared to many Ph.D. programs, includes a greater focus on developing clinical skill, with less emphasis on conducting research. Both degrees constitute the entry-level degree for licensure as a psychologist.
Q: How many years will it take me to complete the program?
A: The PsyD program requires five years of full-time study.
Q: When do classes meet?
A: Each PsyD class meets 3 hours per week for a full semester session in fall and spring, and 6 hours per week for a 7-week summer session in May and June. Required courses are offered on two consecutive days per week either Monday and Tuesday or Wednesday and Thursday, depending on the year of admission. Practicum placements require an additional 16 to 20 hours per week on a schedule to be determined with the training site.
Q: Is it possible to waive courses from my master’s program?
A: A maximum of three courses (nine credit hours) from regionally accredited graduate programs in psychology can be waived. Each course must be reviewed by the lead instructor, and determined to be consistent with the course offered at Medaille. A Course Waiver Request, accompanied by a syllabus, and copies of all major assignments should be submitted by the end of your first term in the program.
Q: Can I schedule an individual visit?
A: Yes. Contact the admissions department by email at email@example.com or telephone at (888) 252-2235 or (716) 932-2568 for an appointment.
Q: When is the application deadline for the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology?
A: We have a rolling admissions policy for this program. We encourage students to apply by January 1, to allow for allocation of financial aid. Contact the admission department for the deadline for submitting all materials for financial aid.
Q: Do you need a degree in psychology to apply?
A: No. U.S. students must have or be in the process of completing a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution to apply (International students should see the instructions for admission.) and have completed 15 credit hours in psychology including the following courses:
Q: Can I take some of my prerequisite courses at Medaille?
A: Yes, all our prerequisites are offered in the undergraduate psychology program.
Q: What are your requirements for admission?
A: Please see the Admissions page for a full list of requirements.
Q: How much is tuition?
A: Please see the Tuition page for full information about tuition and fees.
Q: Is financial aid available?
A: Yes. Student loans, assistantships, and federal work study positions are available. Please complete the Application for Financial Aid.
Q: What is the career outlook for doctoral-level psychologists?
A: The doctorate is the entry-level degree for psychological practitioners. National and statewide employment prospects are strong for doctoral-level psychologists. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of psychologists in the U.S. is expected to increase by 12 percent through 2018. Holders of doctoral degrees in applied specialties, such as clinical psychology, as well as those with a strong background in quantitative research methods, should have a competitive edge over other applicants in the job market.