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Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

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Program Information

The Rowan Experience
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The Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology follows a scientist-practitioner model featuring personalized guidance from faculty mentors in conducting high-quality original research projects. The program's emphasis on integrated healthcare and health psychology prepares students for research and practice in health care settings. Distinguishing features of the program include a focus on integrated healthcare and health psychology as well as highly valued empiricism and the use of evidence-based assessment and treatment techniques. Students in their second year of the program start practicum work at sites in the NJ, PA, and DE area, including the opportunity for interdisciplinary collaborations with Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine, and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. The program is Accredited, On Contingency by the American Psychological Association. The Rowan University Department of Clinical Psychology is committed to bringing together students and faculty from diverse backgrounds and emphasizes individual differences as well as interconnectedness between biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors.

The curriculum content is consistent with the American Psychological Association's (APA) Accreditation Standards. Additionally, these standards are consistent with requirements for licensure as a Psychologist in NJ as well as nationwide.

As of April 7th, 2019, the Rowan University Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program has been awarded APA accreditation on contingency. The contact information for the APA Commission on Accreditation is listed below. Please email Dr. Haugh with any questions regarding the accreditation at The program is accredited, on contingency through April 7, 2024. Our self-study was submitted in May of 2022, and our site visit is tentatively planned for June of 2023.

For more information, please refer to Implementing regulations Section C: IRs Related to the Standards of Accreditation (C-29 D. Initial Doctoral Program Accreditation & C-25 D. Accreditation Status and CoA Contact Information)

Questions related to the program’s accredited status can also be directed to the Commission on Accreditation.

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail:

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The Rowan University Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology is a full-time program that requires the completion of 93 semester hours over four years plus a one-year clinical internship. Classes are (primarily) held during the day. Students will be simultaneously admitted to both the M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology programs and expected to complete requirements for both degrees. 

The coursework for the Rowan University Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology has been designed and sequenced in a way that will allow students to develop increasingly complex and cumulative knowledge over the course of their training. Additionally, clinical and research training will be sequenced in a way that allows students to attain increasingly complex clinical and research competencies. Students will receive individual and/or group supervision from faculty and/or external supervisors.

The following courses make up the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program.

  • 93 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 33 S.H.
PSY 09700 Human Development 3
PSY 10630 Biological Bases of Behavior 3
PSY 05621 Social Issues in Health & Wellness 3
PSY 03830 Health Psychology 3
PSY 10780 Behavioral Pharmacology and Psychopharmacology 3
PSY 01750 Multicultural Perspectives 3
PSY 02630 Experimental Foundations of Behavior Therapy 3
PSY 07714 Statistics for Clinical Psychology I: Univariate 3
PSY 07740 Statistics for Clinical Psychology II: Multivariate 3
PSY 02706 Research Methods 3
PSY 03812 Thesis Research (required twice; may be repeated up to 4 times) 1-2
PSY 01855 Dissertation Research (required 4 times; may be repeated up to 6 times) 1-6
Clinical Courses: 59 S.H.
PSY 03701 Assessment I: Psychometrics & Cognitive Testing 3
PSY 01623 Psychopathology I: Diagnosis and Epidemiology 3
PSY 03710 Intervention I: Foundational Clinical Skills 3
PSY 03740 Professional, Ethical & Legal Issues in Clinical Psychology 3
PSY 03704 Assessment II: Individual Differences and Personality 3
PSY 03712 Intervention II: Evidence-Based Interventions with Adults 3
PSY 01623 Psychopathology II: Conceptualization and Etiology 3
PSY 03838 Health Care Models and Service Delivery 3
PSY 03721 Professional Proseminar I 1
PSY 03722 Professional Proseminal II 1
PSY 03742 Introductory Practicum 3
PSY 03744 Foundation Practicum 9
PSY 03723 Professional ProSeminar III 1
PSY 03724 Professional ProSeminar IV 1
PSY 03725 Professional ProSeminar V 1
PSY 03726 Professional ProSeminar VI 1
PSY 03727 Professional ProSeminar VII 1
PSY 03728 Professional ProSeminar VIII 1
PSY 03800 Intermediate Practicum 9
PSY 03820 Advanced Practicum 6
PSY 03860 Internship 0
Elective Courses: 0 S.H.
PSY 07745 Statistics for Clinical Psychology III: Advanced Multivariate 3

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation on official letterhead accompanied by Rowan Global Letter of Recommendation Form
  • Department Essay: A personal statement that includes professional objectives, research interests, and any other information the candidate would like to share with the admissions committee. Applicants should also indicate what faculty member(s) they are interested in conducting research with and how this interest fits into their career goals. Applicants should indicate up to three faculty members with whom they would be interested in working to improve their chances of a match with the program.
  • Neither the GRE General or Subject Test are required for admissions. Applicants should not include their scores in any part of their application and any scores that are submitted will be removed from their application before being reviewed by program faculty. The GRE Psychology test may be submitted if an applicant was not a Psychology Major and wishes to demonstrate their foundational knowledge of the field.
  • Interviews are being held virtually, with a possible in-person visit post-offer.
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