Baylor University
Psychology and Neuroscience
College of Arts and Sciences

Program Features
University-Based Training in Both Professional and Academic Psychology

Baylor's scholar-practitioner program is housed in the Psychology & Neuroscience department of a Big 12 University. The department moved into a new state of the art science building in the summer of 2004. All core clinical psychology faculty are professors, practitioners, and supervisors who model professional excellence and who teach courses based on their own extensive clinical, professional and academic experience. Each clinical faculty member is also very active in applied clinical research and scholarship. The department faculty includes twelve additional members who provide instruction in areas essential in general psychology such as neuroscience and biological psychology, statistics, research methods, social psychology, and cognitive science. Practicing psychologists from the local area also serve as adjunct faculty, practicum supervisors, and research collaborators. The basic curriculum is subject to change as the practice of clinical psychology changes, but will always evidence the best of the science of clinical psychology.

Extensive Clinical Experience

Students will accumulate about 3,000 hours of pre-internship clinical practicum experience and approximately 1,000 of additional clinical research experience. Current practicum placements include community agencies such as community mental health centers, a VA medical center, a tertiary care medical center, a probation department, a speech and hearing clinic, a children's residential setting, a university counseling center, a juvenile detention facility, and the Departmental Psychology Clinic serving the local community. Each student serves as a staff clinician or consultant on a half-time basis for a full year in each of three practicum sites, working in a different setting each year. The fourth year is spent working half-time in a faculty member's lab, accumulating 1,000 hours of clinical research experience. In total, students will amass approximately 4,000 hours of direct clinical and clinical research experience prior to internship. Practicum assignments are made in consultation with students and agencies to ensure a match between the individual student's training goals and the service provision needs of the agency.

Exceptional Financial Support

The financial support provided students by the Baylor Psy.D. program is unparalleled. All students accepted into the program receive comparable amounts of financial support. In 2010 it is estimated that all students in the first three years of the program will receive approximately $31,000 for the year in the form of practicum salaries, tuition remission, and stipend. This should cover the costs of tuition for the year with modest ($1000-$3000) additional support. In the fourth year, each student will receive a stipend of $18,000 in addition to full tuition to enable the student to participate in the clinical research lab and complete the dissertation. While additional clinical or psychological employment off campus beyond the practicum is not possible due to program time demands, there are opportunities for students to obtain either a teaching or research assistantship beyond the general support described above. Additionally, students can compete for supplemental scholarships offered by the Graduate School. In the last several years, our students have been very successful, with the majority of students receiving supplemental scholarships from the Graduate School, ranging from $1000 to $4000 per year for three or four years. This amount is paid as a special supplement to the student support awarded by the program. Once admitted, students may apply for loans through Baylor's Office of Academic Scholarships and Financial Aid, One Bear Place 97028, Waco, Texas 76798, Phone: (254) 710-2611.

Excellent Clinical Research Opportunities

In the current research-driven practice of psychology, doctoral level practitioners need to have a thorough understanding of the research process and ways they can integrate research more fully into a practice-oriented career. Therefore, each student, from the beginning of their training, will affiliate with one of the research programs of the clinical faculty. In the first three years, students will become involved in the research through reading, running subjects, designing new studies, etc., committing about five hours a week to this endeavor. In the fourth year of the program, each student will complete a fully-funded research practicum in their professor's laboratory, working about twenty hours a week. Since all of the faculty members are doing clinical research, this will likely involve clinical-research interactions with subjects and will thus complement the clinical experience obtained on the clinical practica of the first three years. Our hope is to use this mentor relationship to further enhance the role of scholarship in the program, making our students even more competitive in an evolving field.

Small Class Sizes

The Baylor Psy.D. program may well be the smallest in the country, with our most recent admission class numbering seven. The small class size makes for the highest quality training environment characterized by intimacy, intensive instruction and supervision. The students admitted are exceptionally well qualified and are provided a graduate educational environment we believe second to none.

Eclectic Orientation

The program exposes students to diverse approaches (e.g., psychodynamic, object-relations, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal, humanistic, interpersonal, and family systems) to develop a solid understanding of each approach, a repertoire of skills based on each orientation, and the ability to critically evaluate and integrate the various approaches in clinical practice. Students are strongly encouraged to draw from these various models as they define and articulate their own theoretical framework, all the while attending to the latest in scientific findings in clinical psychology.

High Student Satisfaction and Successful Careers

Baylor students have competed successfully for highly competitive APA-accredited clinical internships and post-doctoral employment across the United States. In the past five years, all of our students have obtained APA-accredited internships, with all but two doing so successfully through the annual match program. Empirical research has demonstrated that our students are highly satisfied with their training and successful in their careers, particularly in comparison to the more traditional Ph.D. programs. Our students view their Psy.D. training as an asset in gaining employment and in earning a reputation as a qualified and capable clinical psychologist (Hershey et al., 1991, Professional Psychology: Research & Practice, 22, 351-356; Peterson et al., 1982, Professional Psychology: Research & Practice, 13, 268-277.).

Program Accreditation

The Psy.D. program at Baylor University has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1976. Currently, the Doctor of Psychology program, housed in the department of Psychology & Neuroscience at Baylor University, is fully accredited. For more information about accreditation contact American Psychological Association, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 2002-4242; 202-336-5979.

Convenient Location

With a population of about 120,000 , the greater Waco area offers numerous cultural and recreational amenities, including nearby lakes, rivers, parks, concerts, and plays (especially through Baylor's music and theater departments). Waco has a temperate climate, mild winters, and greenery all year round. Dallas and Austin are within easy driving distance (each about 90 miles) from Waco.


Baylor is committed to a policy of inclusiveness, understanding, and acceptance of all regardless of race and ethnicity. Students are accepted into the Psy.D. program without regard to their religious orientation. The Psy.D. program accepts applications for the summer only. Applications must be received by December 1. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The online application is strongly preferred and is available at:

In addition, applicants must submit the following:
•Official transcripts of all college or university work
•Three letters of recommendation
•Graduate Record Examination - General Test (less than five years old)

International students are required to submit TOEFL scores unless they have received a degree from a U.S.-accredited higher education institution.

All materials should be sent to: Baylor University, Graduate Admissions, One Bear Place #97264, Waco, Texas 76798-7264.

Further Information

Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in clinical psychology may wish to visit the program's website at Requests for additional information should be sent to: Dr. Gary Elkins, Graduate Program Director, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97334, Waco, TX 76798-7334. Or contact: Graduate Studies Coordinator, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97334, Waco, TX 76798-7334,

Selection of Candidates

In reviewing applications, we look for a combination of academic ability and experience, clinically related experience, and the personality and social skills conducive to a successful career in professional psychology. All application information submitted is considered. Minimum requirements include 12 hours of psychology course work, an overall GPA of 2.7 and a major GPA of 3.0. Average scores for our newest incoming students (Class of 2015) are 3.71 GPA; 1344 GRE. The submitted materials from each applicant are reviewed and approximately 30 candidates are invited to campus for interviews in late February to mid-March. Travel costs are assumed by the applicant, and the interview is required for admission. From the group interviewed on campus, approximately six students are selected for admission whose abilities and goals are judged to be most compatible with the goals of Baylor's Psy.D. program. These students are contacted mid-March or shortly thereafter.