The doctoral program prepares broadly trained psychological professionals, competent in a variety of psychodiagnostic and intervention procedures. Research competence is essential to the functioning of a professional psychologist. Graduates of the program will have demonstrated the ability to understand and interpret the research of others as well as to design and execute relevant research of their own.

Admissions to the Ph.D. program are for the Fall semester only. In addition to the entrance requirements listed, one or more interviews by the departmental admissions committee may be requested. Students accepted for admission with any course deficiencies must remove those deficiencies prior to matriculation in the program. Such deficiencies may be completed during the summer preceding matriculation by enrolling in appropriate undergraduate or 100-level courses. All doctoral students are required to maintain full-time status for the duration of the program.