General Overview

We offer the PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in one of three training areas: Experimental PsychologyClinical Psychology or Community and Organizational Research for Action. Within these three training areas, emphases include health psychology; neuropsychology; human factors; cognition, action and perception; and equity and social justice. Our Clinical Psychology Training Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (750 First St. NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242).*

The doctoral program is designed for full-time students who show outstanding promise as demonstrated by excellent undergraduate achievement and letters of recommendation, as well as research experience and strong performance on the Graduate Record Exam. Our students earn a master's degree as part of their doctoral training. However, we do not admit students who are seeking a terminal master's degree. Those students who enter the program after having earned a master's degree from another institution may be considered for exemption from this requirement. Students are admitted to the doctoral program to work with a specific faculty mentor. Faculty mentors provide guidance in professional development and ensure that students are actively engaged in research from the beginning of their graduate school careers.

You may refer to the Graduate Handbook for more comprehensive information about program requirements and procedures.

Financial Support

The University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees prohibits guarantees of financial support for more than one academic year at a time. However, it is our intention to ensure that our students who are making appropriate progress continue to receive financial support, and the department has never failed to do so in the past forty years. Students are supported by teaching assistantships, research assistantships or clinical traineeships. There are also competitive summer placements, research fellowships, and opportunities to teach summer school. In addition to a monthly stipend, graduate students completing required coursework receive a University Graduate Scholarship that covers the cost of tuition and some fees.

Commitment to Diversity

The department is committed to recruiting and mentoring students of color who demonstrate strong potential for academic advancement. Many current minority students have received additional funding through the university and external sources. About 68% of the students in the graduate program are women, and 27% are people of color. For clinical students, several placements are available at sites that serve minority clients. In addition, the clinical curriculum includes a course on diversity issues in clinical practice.

*Questions related to the program's accredited status should 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 Email: