Baylor University
Psychology and Neuroscience
College of Arts and Sciences

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Graduate Programs

Contact Information

Laura E. Sumrall, M.A.
Graduate Studies Coordinator,
Clinical Psychology Program &
Psychology Ph.D. Program


Sara Dolan, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Director,
Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

254-710-2573 or 254-710-2480

Jim Patton, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Director,
Ph.D. in Psychology


The department offers two doctoral degrees: Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Psychology.

The Psy.D. degree prepares students as scholar practitioners in clinical psychology. The program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. Formal course work is integrated with practicum and research experiences to produce highly qualified scholar-practitioners in this area of specialization. Admission to this program is made only at the beginning of the second six weeks of the summer session each year, and all application materials including a supplemental application (autobiography, a record of relevant experience) must be received on or before December 1, 2016. These applications will be reviewed of the Christmas Break and the Admissions Faculty will meet in mid-January to select the candidates invited to attend an Interview Day in February. Applicants selected to join the Psy.D. Program will be notified as soon as possible in March and they will begin the program in the SUMMER of 2017.

The Ph.D. program in psychology prepares students for university teaching/research, and applied positions in universities, hospitals, industry, or government. The program has three training tracks: Behavioral Neuroscience, Social Psychology, and General Experimental Psychology. The program consists of course work, a qualifying examination, research leading to a doctoral dissertation, and a final oral examination. All students will be expected to serve as Teaching Assistants for courses offered at the undergraduate level. Students are admitted to the program only in the fall semester. All application materials must be received on or before January 15 of the year in which the applicant wishes to begin. Top applicants will be invited to campus to interview. Some funds are available to reimburse applicants who travel to campus to interview.