Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Graduate Studies in Psychology

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Department Faculty

The Psychology Department faculty includes nationally recognized scholars and researchers. Topics of interest include family violence, anxiety disorders, risk assessment, stress and memory function, parenting, family assessment techniques, psychophysiology, asthma treatments, couples therapy, forensic psychology, and eating disorders.

Interaction with faculty is fostered by a low faculty-to-student ratio of 1 :3 and a long-standing SMU tradition in which all faculty, including senior professors and researchers, regularly teach. All graduate students are required to work closely with one or more faculty members on research projects, and many graduate students have the opportunity to co-author scholarly articles.

Graduate students in psychology at SMU have the opportunity to learn from a nationally recognized faculty of committed researchers and dedicated teachers. In the research area, the faculty is very productive; over 200 papers have been published in peer-reviewed journals, and over $5 million in grant funds have been obtained in the past five years. The Psychology Department faculty has won numerous awards for teaching excellence, conferred by the University and the student body.

Graduate students have outstanding research and training opportunities, with the flexibility to explore their own scholarly interests and to share in faculty members' research.

Graduate Program

The Department offers a Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology. The Ph.D. program requires 70 units. Additional information can be obtained directly from the department website. 

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The mission of SMU's doctoral program in clinical psychology is to train psychologists whose professional activities are based on scientific knowledge and methods. The program integrates rigorous research training with state-of-the-art, evidence-based clinical training. Thus, our program emphasizes the development of conceptual and research skills as well as scientifically- based clinical practice skills. The overarching goal is for our graduates to use empirical methods to advance psychological knowledge and whose approach to clinical phenomena is consistent with scientific evidence.

Admission Requirements

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

  • Completed online 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)
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable)

The personal statement should include the applicant's professional interests, graduate school goals, career goals, research experience (as well as other pertinent experience), and the names of two faculty members with whom they would like to work. Foreign applicants who do no have a degree from an English-language institution must also take the TOEFL exam.

Deadline for Admission

The deadline for submitting application materials is Dec 1 for consideration for the fall semester. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Financial Aid

Clinical Psychology Ph.D. students will receive 12-month departmental research assistantships, which also carries tuition and fee waivers.