Clinical Psychology

Our doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology is a full-time, APA-accredited program of graduate study that provides professional education in the entry-level science and practice of clinical psychology.

UMKC is in the process of an academic realignment which involves a merger of the Counseling and Counseling Psychology Program and the Clinical Psychology program. During this process the Psychology Department has suspended admissions for Fall 2022. We anticipate admitting students the following year (to start Fall 2023). Please watch this space for updates.

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

This program has a science-practice training model and is particularly suitable for students interested in pursuing careers in academia, research and medical settings.

The program seeks to enhance the public health, broadly defined, through these initiatives.

  • Education - Provide rigorous training of students
  • Service - Supply accessible resources for the integration of behavioral sciences, health research and health care
  • Research and evaluation - Develop knowledge and enhance health outcomes through empirical research
  • Human - Incorporate integrity and respect for human and intellectual diversity in all our activities

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The program is designed to be completed in five to six years of full-time program participation.

Beginning in the second year students also engage in year-long clinical practicum experiences and typically apply for internship at the end of the fourth or fifth year.

The core curriculum includes training in assessment, psychotherapeutic intervention, professional and ethical issues, quantitative analysis, research methods, psychopathology, biopsychology and health psychology.

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We typically admit four students from a pool of more than one hundred applicants each year.

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Information above was last reviewed and updated August 2020.

Research training is a major emphasis and is based on a mentorship model in which each incoming student is paired with a faculty member with shared interests

Students complete an original thesis and dissertation and continually engage in research throughout their program. They are encouraged and expected to present their research at national and international conferences and to publish their work in scientific journals.

The department provides a rich research environment for students across various research laboratories; collaborations with colleagues at community-based organizations, medical centers and other Kansas City institutions, as well as national and international research collaborations.

The program’s clinical training and services are grounded in a commitment to the integration of science and practice. Our clinical training is graduated to provide increasing skills and specialization opportunities as students progress.

All second-year students complete their year-long clinical practicum withUMKC Community Counseling and Assessment Services, which allows program faculty the opportunity to provide regular direct supervision of students’ clinical work.  Practicum after that are tailored to students' interests and developmental needs and take place in a range clinical settings in the Kansas City area.

The doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at UMKC is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The program received initial APA accreditation in 2004, and in 2018 it was re-accredited for the full ten years. APA accreditation is recognized in all 50 states as providing required education for psychology license eligibility. 

State boards of psychology determine training requirements for licensure and typically include post-doctoral training, as well as examinations beyond the educational requirements of a Ph.D. program. Students should confirm state licensing requirements directly with the state for which they are interested in licensure. The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) provides a compendium PsyBook, which summarizes requirements for each state that may be a helpful resource for students determining vocational location and licensing requirements.

As an APA-accredited program, UMKC’s clinical psychology program meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a psychologist in Missouri and in many other states. In fact, UMKC clinical psychology has graduates who are successfully licensed in various states. Yet, as noted above, some states do have additional training and education requirements and most states have post-doctoral clinical supervision requirements as well. 

If you are interested in seeking licensure in a particular state, you should check with the state's licensing board. We do not guarantee that our summary or ASPPB’s review is entirely accurate and up-to-date.

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The program follows the Council of Graduate Schools Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees, and Assistants.

For additional information on the program's accreditation, contact the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First St. NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, by email or phone at 202-336-5979.