Small Cohort. Big Career Advantage.

The NSU Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology offers a select group of 10 students per year into a traditional scientist-practitioner training model that’s rigorous in academic scope and fully accredited. We prepare you to thrive at the highest professional level in research, teaching, clinical practice or a combination of roles.

Your wide choice of doctoral research opportunities includes close working mentorships with leaders deeply experienced in your chosen specialization. NSU faculty members are well-known and respected nationwide. Many hold APA and other top association positions and spearhead high-profile national conferences, in addition to their international speaking engagements, breakthrough research and published work.

Seven concentrations within the Ph.D. program ensure you the ability to focus on issues that interest you most.

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APA-CoA Accredited

The College of Psychology's Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the accredited status of the program should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

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

Explore Seven Ph.D. Concentrations

The college's doctoral programs are committed to the general training of clinical psychologists. However, we do provide students the option of specializing in one of seven areas.

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Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology Track

Turn young lives and futures around: treat children and adolescents with major emotional and behavioral problems and troubled families.

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Clinical Forensic Psychology

Welcome to one of the most fascinating psychology specialties. Work with police to prevent and solve crimes or partner with attorneys as an expert witness or jury consultant.

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Clinical Health Psychology

Apply your expertise to boost patient outcomes and shape public healthcare policy - work in research, clinical practice or within government.

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Long-term Mental Illness

Embrace this emerging specialization: the treatment and evaluation of severely and persistently mentally ill adults and children, and their families.

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Multicultural Track

As society grows more diverse, those skilled in bridging sharp differences in perspectives and expectations will reach and treat patients more successfully.

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Clinical Neuropsychology

From traumatic injuries to learning disabilities, work in the lab, clinical setting or classroom to diagnose and treat brain injuries and illnesses.

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Psychodynamic Psychology

Ease symptoms and improve lives by analyzing patients’ past situations and emotions that shape today’s choices, perceptions and behaviors.

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Unique Clinical Experiences

Unique Clinical Experiences

The unusually broad perspective you’ll gain from your clinical practice experience at the NSU Psychology Services Center provides you a significant career edge. Our 15 on-campus working clinics treat a diverse South Florida population and many international visitors:

  • Diagnose and create treatment plans for diverse populations, spanning multiple nationalities, ethnicities, cultures and languages
  • Gain access to a wider, more varied range of psychological conditions
  • Partner closely with top-tier faculty; many of whom hold APA positions and other high-level roles

Quick Facts

Delivery Options

Held on Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus

Start Dates

The Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program is offered once per year, beginning in August. Submit your application by January 8. (Deadline date is January 8. Early deadline date for December Interview Day is Dec 1)


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Degree Completion

NSU’s Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program is a 5-year curriculum, including a minimum of 118 total credits, successfully passing the Clinical Competency Examination, and completing a one-year internship to be eligible for the degree.

Why Choose NSU?

Why Choose NSU?

  • APA-CoA accredited
  • Prepares you for state licensure as a doctoral-level psychologist
  • Wide choice of doctoral research opportunities
  • Close working mentorships with leaders deeply experienced in your chosen specialization U
  • Unique clinical opportunities: 15 onsite clinics, diverse patients
  • High demand for our grads: nearly 100% matching success during internships with close to 90% getting first choice nationwide
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Earning Potential

Teaching & Research Roles

$88,490 Average salary per year

Government Roles

$96,410 Average salary per year

Psychologists, All Other

$100,770 Average salary per year

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

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