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Psychology - Clinical: Combined MS/PhD

Psychology - Clinical: Combined MS/PhD

Application Deadline

  • Fall: Dec 1
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    Admission Requirements
    Admission Requirements:

    • Bachelor's Degree: Psychology degree preferred, but not required
    • Prerequisite undergraduate courses: To qualify for admission, individuals must either (1) have completed a minimum of 15 credits of study in psychology, including general/introductory psychology, abnormal psychology/psychopathology, statistics, and research methods or (2) have completed the GRE Psychology Subject Test and reported their scores to BYU prior to the application deadline.
    • Application: Personal Information, Statement of Intent, Transcripts, 3 Letters of Recommendation, Resume/Vita, Automated Video Interview

    Additional Requirements:

    • Please indicate in the application a faculty mentor whose research program is most closely aligned with your career goals. You will have the ability to specify up to three potential faculty mentors in the application.
    • Virtual interviews with finalists will be held in January
    • Finalists will be invited to an optional second look campus visit following virtual interviews. Admission decisions will not be contingent upon attending second look visit. 
    • A background check will be required after the start of the program before a student is permitted to see clients.
    Program Requirements
    The clinical psychology training program at Brigham Young University confers two degrees combined into a single program; the MS in Psychology and the PhD in Clinical Psychology. Importantly, we do not offer a stand-alone master’s degree. All students are admitted to the program with the understanding that they will complete both the MS and PhD and completion of the MS is a requirement to obtain the PhD.

    The training program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation. (Information on accreditation can be obtained from the Commission on Accreditation, 202-336-5979, or the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002-4242, or at

    This program is designed to be completed in five years, including a year-long full-time clinical internship. Candidates with varied backgrounds who have strong academic and clinical promise are encouraged to apply.

    The program emphasizes evidence-based practice of health service psychology. All students receive training in adult clinical psychology. They may also elect to complete a Major Area of Study in (1) Clinical Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychology; (2) Clinical Neuropsychology; or (3) Clinical Health Psychology. The philosophy of the clinical training program adheres to the scientist-practitioner model. Training focuses on academic and research competence as well as practical experience necessary to develop strong clinical skills.

    Requirements for the MS Degree:

    • Credit hours (33 hour minimum; B grade or better in each class)
    • Research data and analysis requirement:  9 hours of statistics and research methodology (Psych 501502, and 504)
    • Clinical theory requirement:  3 hours of ethics and professional issues (Psych 609); 3 hours of psychopathology (Psych 611); 6 hours of assessment (Psych 622 and 623); and 6 hours of psychotherapy (Psych 651 and Psych 652).
    • Master's thesis:  Students will complete a master's thesis that includes no fewer than 6 thesis credit hours (Psych 699R).  Students have three years to complete the MS degree requirements, including the thesis, and are not allowed to enroll in doctoral level courses during their fourth year if these requirements have not been met.

    Requirements for the PhD Degree:

    • Completion of the Psychology MS degree  (including all coursework and the MS thesis) is a requirement to attain the Clinical Psychology PhD.
    • The program requires the development of broad competencies described in the Clinical Psychology PhD Program Handbook and the Practicum Handbook. Thus, the program is not merely a series of courses and experiences. In addition to the requirements listed below, the student must demonstrate competence in clinical work, research, academics, and professionalism to advance through the various phases of the degree program, including the year-long predoctoral internship and clearance for graduation. 
    • Credit hours (100 minimum including MS coursework; B grade or better in each class).
    • Research requirements: 18 hours of dissertation (Psych 799R).
    • General core courses: 3 hours of biological bases of behavior (Psych 585); 6 hours of social-cultural bases of behavior (Psych 550645); 3 hours of cognitive-affective bases of behavior (Psych 575); 3 hours of human development (Psych 520); 3 hours of history and systems (Psych 510).
    • Clinical core courses: 3 additional hours of psychotherapy (one of the following: 653654656).
    • Clinical practica: 20 hours of clinic practica (Psych 741R); 2 hours of externships/clerkships (Psych 688R); 3 hours of case conference (Psych 740R); 3 hours of pre-doctoral internship (Psych 745)
    • Dissertation (including a manuscript in a form suitable for submission for publication appended to the dissertation).
    • Internship: One-year pre-doctoral internship in a setting approved by the clinical director. 
    • Examinations: (a) comprehensive examinations in first, second, and third years; (b) oral defense of master's thesis; (c) oral defense of dissertation prospectus; and (d) oral defense of dissertation.

    Major Areas of Study: A sequence of elective courses and clinical/research experiences may be taken in the following Major Areas of Study: Clinical Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychology; Clinical Neuropsychology; Clinical Health Psychology.

    For additional information about the program, please contact Jill Turner, Clinical Psychology PhD Program Manager at or (801-422-9140.
    Program Outcomes
    Professional and Ethical Practice
    Engage in psychological practice with attitudes and behaviors that are ethical, driven by science and the welfare of affected individuals, respectful and tolerant of diversity, and critically self-evaluative.

    Critical Thinking and Effective Communication
    Students will demonstrate intellectual sophistication that exemplifies critical thought, analytical reasoning, a strong basis in psychological knowledge, and effective communication skills.

    Psychology Fundamentals
    Be able to demonstrate a strong foundation in the broader field of psychological knowledge.

    Clinical Skills and Area Competencies
    Be able to demonstrate broad knowledge and clinical skill in the areas of psychopathology, psychological evaluation, and psychological intervention.

    Research Skills and Analysis
    Use research skills, including statistical skills, research methodology, framing of psychological questions, and critical analysis, to evaluate published research.

    Mental Health Research and Education
    Be able to conduct research, education, and mental health service delivery.

    Professional Development
    Students will continue the development of their professional skills and contribution to society by gaining licensure, securing employment, and participating in professional organizations.

    Program Stats
    Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
    Total Students 51.0
    International 4.0
    Male 16.0
    Female 35.0
    LDS 34.0
    BYU Undergraduate 22.0
    Five Year Average of Graduated Students
    Average Years to Degree 1.91
    Graduated Per Year 18.0
    GMAT Quantitative Percentile 67.5
    Five Year Average of Admitted Students
    Applied Per Year 12.4
    Admitted Per Year 7.4
    Percent Admitted 59.68
    Average GPA 3.69