Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data: Clinical Psychology

The following provides prospective applicants information about several key aspects of the Clinical Psychology Areas at the University of Notre Dame. The information also includes the disclosure data for both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology. 

The Clinical Psychology Area recently was accredited by APA (effective April 15, 2011), and has replaced the Counseling Psychology Area at Notre Dame (which had been accredited continuously by the APA since 1972). The information provided herein is based solely upon students who have been formally admitted to the Clinical Psychology Area. As these students progress through the requirements and graduate, we will be able to provide more information based upon the increasingly larger number of students involved.

1. Applications and Admissions Information

Application & Admissions

*Thirteen of these 16 students were in the APA-accredited Counseling Psychology Doctoral Area at Notre Dame and applied for admissions to the newly established Clinical Psychology Area (which at that point in time did not have APA-accreditation status).  For the purpose of generating other information in these tables, we preserved the original Counseling Area matriculation dates for these students. This provides a more accurate picture of actual cohort sizes and of each cohort’s progression (rather than tracking this initial group of 16 students as if they all began in 2009).

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Time to Completion

 

Students who enter the program with prior graduate work in psychology may petition for transfer credit for this work.  Those who have completed a master's degree in psychology may petition to transfer up to 24 credit hours, including the MA thesis; otherwise, the transfer limit is 9 credit hours.  To petition for transfer credit,  students first must submit to the Director of Clinical Training (DCT) their graduate  transcript(s), and the syllabi, including reading lists, for all courses for which they are petitioning to transfer credit, indicating which clinical-area course requirement each prevously completed course would fulfill.  To petition for tranfer credit for the MA thesis, the student must submit a copy of the thesis to the DCT.  Prior to submitting a petition for transfer credit, students are encouraged to work with their research advisor and/or the DCT to determine the best "match" between their prior graduate coursework and the clinical-area course requirements.  For all materials, electronic copies are preferred.  

The DCT, in consultation with relevant faculty as appropriate, will make a recommendation to the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) to accept or not to accept each petitioned course and, if applicable, the MA thesis for transfer.  Coursework and, if applicable, the MA thesis that is approved by the DGS may then be submitted to the Graduate College for final approval.  The number of years to complete the program may be reduced due to transfer of prior graduate coursework and/or the MA thesis by up to a maximum of 1 year.  However, students are guaranteed 5 years of funding, regardless of the amount of prior graduate coursework, and most students who receive transfer credit nonetheless choose to stay for the full 5 years to provide them with ample opportunity to increase their research publications in order to be competitive for research postdoctoral fellowships or the academic job market upon graduation, and also to accrue sufficient practicum hours to be competitive for the clinical-internship match process.

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Program Costs

Stipends for incoming students for the 2015-16 academic year ranged from $21,000 to $30,000.00, depending upon the particular funding mechanism awarded. All students admitted to the clinical-psychology area receive full financial support for a minimum of 5 years.  Financial support includes full tuition remission waiver and a monthly stipend.  Stipends are provided through several mechanisms, including graduate teaching fellowships, graduate research assistantships, as well as competitive University fellowships and competitive national fellowships.  In addition, students may apply for a variety of departmental and university opportunities to support their research and professional travel expenses. 

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Internship

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Attrition

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Licensure

Please note that the primary goal of our program is to prepare students for positions as clinical researchers in academic and other research settings.  Therefore, many of our students do not pursue clinical licensure.  Also please note that although the time window for this table is the past 10 years, 2010-2011 was the first year that our newly accredited clinical program graduated students, so the effective window for this table is actually the past 5 years.