Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

5-6 years
Credit Hours:

42 (with master's) or 72 (with bachelor's)
Get the training needed to help clients alleviate a wide range of mental, emotional and behavioral symptoms.
The UNT Clinical Psychology doctoral program is one of only a handful of APA-accredited clinical psychology doctoral programs nationwide that is housed in a top tier research university that also holds the distinction of being a minority serving institution (MSI).

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Why Earn a Clinical Psychology Ph.D.?

Our program adheres to APA accreditation standards and prepares students for entry into the profession of Clinical Psychology. We are committed to a student-centered learning approach with close faculty mentorship.

The program offers intensive research training in the science of Clinical Psychology via highly productive faculty research labs. Simultaneously, students obtain in-depth, closely supervised training in the practice of Clinical Psychology.

Our commitment to excellence requires that high standards of research and clinical practice be maintained. These high expectations enable you to be highly competitive at the national level for prominent positions in science and practice settings. We empower you to meet or exceed our expectations by providing high quality, well-supervised training in a supportive environment.

Marketable Skills
  • Assessment evaluations
  • Psychological diagnostics
  • Psychotherapy interventions
  • Measurement and psychometrics
  • Psychological consultation

Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Highlights

The program is also ranked 6th nationally (top 3%) on its impact as measured by its citations in the leading assessment journals (a second index for measuring impact, the h-Index, places the program 5th nationally).
Our faculty members are active researchers and are recognized as experts in their fields, earning awards and grants from nationally and internationally prominent organizations.
The UNT Psychology Clinic offers professional services to the campus and surrounding areas while providing supervised training to our students. One of the largest training clinics in the country, the clinic includes dozens of assessment and intervention rooms with digital recording for use in supervision, training and applied clinical research.
The doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Texas is accredited by the American Psychological Association, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation.
The quantity and quality of research conducted within our program earned high marks in a recent independent study of the American Psychological Association’s accredited programs.
Our program is ranked 14th nationally (top 6%) on its number of publications in the most influential assessment journals.

What Can You Do With a Clinical Psychology Ph.D.?

Overall employment of psychologists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

About 13,400 openings for psychologists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Courses You Could Take

Quantitative Methods I (3 hrs)
Graduate-level introduction to statistical methods of data analysis including introduction to robust methods, effect size estimation, correlational methods (e.g., regression), ANOVA. Assumes knowledge from undergraduate course. In lab, students learn to use computer programs for quantitative data exploration and analysis.
Biological Bases of Behavior (3 hrs)
Study of biological bases of behavior, including human neuroanatomy, neuropathology, behavioral correlates of cerebral dysfunction and neurological disorders.
Exercise and Health Psychology (3 hrs)
In-depth study of health, leisure and exercise behavior change strategies, and how individual and group behaviors are influenced through psychobiological and cognitive-affective approaches. Application of sport and exercise psychology theories to improve the initiation of and adherence to lifetime health and physical activity behaviors among individuals and groups.
Ethics in Clinical Psychology (3 hrs)
Intensive seminar of professional ethics and legal issues confronting clinical psychology. In addition to a theoretical grounding, students are asked to grapple with ethical quandaries via training experiences that include analysis of clinical and legal cases; role playing of ethical and professional-practice dilemmas; and participation in a mock oral examination of ethical and legal issues.
Multivariate Procedures in Psychology (3 hrs)
Multiple regression and factor analysis as applied to psychological research, theory and practical applications using statistical software.
History and Systems (3 hrs)
Philosophical and physiological roots of psychology; traditional historical systems, including structuralism, functionalism, behaviorism, Gestalt and psychoanalysis; relevance to major contemporary systems.

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