Driven by a desire to develop exceptional scholar-practitioners, Baylor University established the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program in 1971, at the time only the second such program in the United States. The program currently maintains the longest history of continuous accreditation by the American Psychological Association among Psy.D. programs nationally. The Psy.D. program at Baylor University has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1976. In recent years, the program has garnered national recognition. Baylor's Psy.D. program was one of only two Psy.D. programs ranked nationally in 2001 and 2005 by U.S. News and World Report as being among the best clinical psychology programs in the United States.
The Psy.D. program was ranked 82nd nationally among clinical psychology programs in the 2001 U.S. News and World Report rankings of the most outstanding graduate programs in clinical psychology. In particular, Baylor's Psy.D. program was one of only two Psy.D. programs ranked nationally; all of the others were Ph.D programs. In the 2005 U.S. News and World Report rankings, the program moved up five spots to 77th, again being only one of two ranked among the best clinical psychology programs in the United States.
Primary Clinical Psychology GoalThe primary goal of Baylor University’s Psy.D. program is to develop professional clinical psychologists with the conceptual and clinical competencies necessary to deliver psychological services in a manner that is effective and responsive to individual and societal needs. These competencies include establishment of collaborative relationships with others, psychological assessment and intervention/treatment, research and outcome evaluation, consultation and education, management and supervision, and a commitment to lifelong learning which enables students to adapt to new opportunities and knowledge in professional psychology. Being responsive to needs includes the recognition, understanding, and valuing of psychological, cultural, and individual diversity.
The Psy.D. program is similar to training programs in medicine and law with a focus on developing competencies based on current research and scholarship. The Baylor program follows a scholar-professional training model that emphasizes the interdependence between science and practice, recognizing their equal contributions to training in professional psychology. The major components of the program include a rigorous broadly-based curriculum in clinical psychology, extensive practicum experience in a variety of community-based clinical settings, experience in a clinically-applied research laboratory including completion of an independent research project (dissertation), and completion of an APA-approved internship in clinical psychology.
The program involves four years of intensive year-round training on campus followed by a year long internship. We provide a broad, empirically-derived curriculum in clinical psychology giving each student a solid foundation of knowledge in the discipline. Students typically take two courses plus practicum each term (Fall, Spring, and Summer). In addition, each student will work 20 hours a week in a supervised practicum setting for the first three years and in a clinically-applied research laboratory for the fourth year.
Student Disclosure Data
Admission to the Clinical Program is highly competitive and is based upon a combination of undergraduate (and any previous graduate) grades, GRE scores, undergraduate (and any previous graduate) psychology course work, letters of recommendation, relevant experience in psychological research, volunteer or paid experience with adults, children, adolescents, or clinical populations, and your statement of goals and interests. Following careful review of written applications, potential mentors conduct phone interviews with the top-ranked applicants. Based on these initial phone interviews, candidates being considered for offers are invited to campus for our Interview/Visitation Day.
Clinical students come from a variety of backgrounds and from many locations, mostly the United States but some from abroad. Almost all students have had an undergraduate major in psychology. On average, one incoming student a year has completed either a master’s degree in psychology or some graduate work.
The Clinical Psychology Program at Baylor University is a member of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP) and is accredited by the American Psychological Association. All of the program graduates over the last five years have been successful in securing an APA-accredited internship.
For information on APA accreditation of Clinical Psychology Programs, please contact:
Office of Program on Consultation and Accreditation
Committee on Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Susan Zlotlow, Ph.D. (contact)