Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

The following provides prospective applicants with 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 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 here is based solely upon students formally admitted to the Clinical Psychology Area.

1. Applications and Admissions Information

Applications for Academic Year 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Number of Applicants 15* 51 76 280 181 194 151 168 166 190
Number of Admission Offers 15* 8 4 7 8 9 9 10 7 9
Number of Minority Applicants Accepted 4 2 1 0 1 0 3 5 5 2
Number of Majority Applicants Enrolled 4 2 2 0 1 0 3 2 0 3
Class Size 15 8 4 4 6 3 6 5 4 5

*Twelve of these 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 students as if they all began in 2009).

2. Time to Completion

Time to completion for all students entering the program
Outcome 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 Total
Total number of students with doctoral degree conferred on transcript 0 0 6 2 0 3 1 5 3 3 3 26
Mean number of years to complete the program 0 0 6.33 6 0 5.67 6 6.6 6 6.3 6 6.1
Median number of years to complete the program 0 0 6.5 6 0 6 6 6 6 6 6  6.1
Time to Degree Ranges N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students in less than 5 years 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4%
Students in 5 years 0 0 0 0 1 17 1 50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 33 0 0 0 0 3 12%
Students in 6 years 0 0 0 0 2 33 0 0 0 0 1 33 1 100 3 60 1 33 2 67 3 100 13 50%
Students in 7 years 0 0 0 0 3 50 1 50 0 0 1 33 0 0 1 20 1 33 1 33 0 0 8 31%
Students in more than 7 years 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4%

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 the 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 and thus increase their competitiveness 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. 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 previously completed course would fulfill.  To petition for transfer 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.  

3. Estimated Program Costs

Description 2019-20 1st-year Cohort Cost
Tuition for all full-time students  $55,553
Books and supplies $1,050
Transportation $750

The base stipend for students in 2019-2020 is $23,000. All students admitted to the clinical-psychology area receive full financial support for a minimum of 5 years. Financial support includes a full tuition remission waiver, a health insurance subsidy, 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. 

4. Internship

Internship Placement-Table 1

Year Applied for Internship  
Outcome 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students who obtained APA/CPA-accredited internships 0 0 2 100 4 80 1 100 1 100 2 100 5 100 2 100 2 100 4 100 3 100
Students who obtained APPIC member internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 1 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained other membership organization internships (e.g. CAPIC) that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained internships conforming to CDSPP guidelines that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained other internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained any internship 0 0 2 100 5 100 1 100 1 100 2 100 5 100 2 100 2 100 4 100 3 100
Students who sought or applied for internships including those who withdrew from the application process 0 - 2 - 5 - 1 - 1 - 2 - 5 - 2 - 2 - 4 - 3 -

Internship Placement-Table 2

  2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2019-2020
Outcome N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students who sought or applied for internships including those who withdrew from the application process 0 0 2 - 5 - 1 - 1 - 2 - 5 - 2 - 2 - 4 - 3 -
Students who obtained paid internships 0 0 2 100 5 100 1 100 1 100 2 100 5 100 2 100 2 100 4 100 3 -
Students who obtained half-time internships* (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

5. Attrition

Year of First Enrollment
Variable 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students for whom this is the year of first enrollment (i.e., new students) 0 - 15 - 8 - 4 - 4 - 6 - 3 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 5 -
Students whose doctoral degrees were conferred on their transcripts 0 - 13 87 6 75 3 75 2 50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students still enrolled in program 0 - 0 0 1 13 0 0 0 0 4 67 3 100 6 100 5 100 4 100 5 100
Students no longer enrolled for any reason other than conferral of doctoral degree 0 - 2 13 1 13 1 25 2 50 2 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

*Twelve of the students in the 2009-10 cohort 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). Thus, they are included in this table because they graduated from our newly APA-accredited program. 

6. Licensure

Outcome 2009-2017
The total number of program graduates (doctoral degrees conferred on transcript) between 2 and 10 years ago 20
The number of these graduates (between 2 and 10 years ago) who became licensed psychologists in the past 10 years 14
Licensure percentage 70%

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.