Ph.D. in Psychology

Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program

Welcome to SMU's APA Accredited Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology. On this page you will find information for both current and prospective students.

Please explore our website further and review information for applying to SMU and our graduate student handbook. Feel free to contact us with any questions.


Our department has state-of-the-art research and training facilities, including digital observational equipment, psychophysiological assessment tools, and virtual reality technology. 

We have multiple interview/therapy rooms for research and clinical training, almost all of which are equipped for video-recording and/or observation.

Forms and applications can be found on the SMU Graduate Studies website. All applications go through Graduate Studies and are submitted online.

Applicants to the Clinical Psychological Doctoral Program must submit the following:

  • Completed application form 
  • GRE scores for the general test requested electronically from ETS (SMU code 6660)
  • Unofficial transcripts uploaded online with the application (official transcripts required upon admission)
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted online
  • Personal statement*
  • Application fee ($75) - payable to SMU
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable) 

Click here to learn more about our graduate program application process.

Research training is provided through coursework, active membership in the faculty advisor’s research lab, and completion of student-directed research. Courses covering research and quantitative methods and the foundations of clinical, developmental, social, biological, and cognitive/affective psychology are designed to familiarize students with the theoretical and research literature in these areas as well as the methods used to study psychological phenomena. 

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Clinical training is closely integrated with research training. Coursework addresses theory and research on clinical disorders/problems, evidence-based assessment and intervention techniques, and methods for evaluating the effectiveness of clinical practice. Internal and external clinical practicum experiences provide students with training and supervision in the application of evidence-based clinical practice and function to expose students to a breadth of client/patient populations. 

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All graduate students receive a stipend and waiver of all tuition and fees for the first four years, pending satisfactory performance

Tuition: $0 (normally $1230 per credit hour)
Fees: $0 (normally $146 per credit hour)

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