With a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Walden University, you can gain the background and skills to work as a practitioner, educator, researcher, or consultant in a variety of clinical environments or private settings.

This blended program includes:

  • An Academic Year in Residence (AYR), which provides you with practical, hands-on experience.
  • A curriculum based on current theories and best practices, taught by our faculty of respected researchers and psychology experts.

You are eligible to enroll in our PhD in Clinical Psychology program if you have earned either a master’s or bachelor’s degree. In addition, certain specializations in the PhD program allow you to earn your MS in Psychology as you complete your PhD.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: May 30, 2017

Transfer Credits: Up to 45 credits

Choose from the General Program or the following specializations:

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Teaching

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of this program, you may be prepared to:

  • Explain the contributions of the biological, affective, social, and cognitive areas of psychology as they impact human adaptive and maladaptive functioning.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing cognitive and personality-assessment skills with diverse populations.
  • Develop constructive working relationships with clients, supervisors, instructors, and colleagues while also demonstrating an appropriate and professional demeanor.
  • Utilize critical thinking and apply relevant ethical codes (e.g., APA, ACA) to decision-making with diverse populations in a variety of settings.
  • Engage in professional activities related to clinical psychology that promote positive social change.

More about our PhD in Clinical Psychology program

  • Career Options

    With a PhD in Clinical Psychology, you may pursue a variety of roles, such as*

    • Clinical psychologist
    • Researcher
    • Consultant
    • Faculty/instructor
    • Director of Career Services
    • Staff psychologist
    • Administrator
    • Political strategist
    • Marketing director
    • Human resources manager

    *Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

  • Entry Requirements

    You are eligible to enroll in our PhD in Clinical Psychology program if you have earned either a master’s or bachelor’s degree. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

    Your enrollment advisor will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

  • Tuition and Financial Aid

    Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 855.203.3398, to learn more about tuition costs for the PhD in Clinical Psychology program and financial aid options.

    Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education. 

  • How to Apply

    To speak with an enrollment advisor about applying for our program today, fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855.203.3398.

Why earn your PhD in Clinical Psychology at Walden?

  • Exceptional Student Services

    Benefit from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.

  • Academic Year in Residence (AYR)

    Gain hands-on experience in this blended program that combines online and in-person learning.

  • Prepare for Licensure

    Prepare to qualify to sit for psychology licensing exams.*

*Not available in all states



“I had to make sure the college I chose was accredited and user-friendly with a challenging curriculum."

Ginger Jenkins | MS in Forensic Psychology Graduate, PhD in Psychology Student