Published February 2016
In this ranking, we highlight the top 6 most affordable online Phd/PsyD programs in clinical psychology for 2016.
For more information about how these programs were selected, see Top 10 Most Affordable Online Master’s in Clinical Psychology Degree Programs 2016.
#6 – Fielding Graduate University-Santa Barbara, California
PhD Clinical Psychology
Fielding Graduate University offers the only APA accredited online PhD in clinical psychology program that does not require a “specific, physical location” for program delivery. Fielding calls this “distributed learning” which allows for maximum flexibility for the adult learner. Students have the opportunity to select from a generalist PhD degree in clinical psychology or one of five concentrations which include forensic psychology, health psychology, neuropsychology, parent-infant mental health, and violence prevention and control. During the program, students complete a one year clinical internship, a 200 hour applied research practicum and a 600 hour residency. The program can typically be completed in five years.
Courses: Developmental Bases of Behavior; History and Systems of Psychology; Social Bases of Behavior; Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior; Biological Bases of Behavior
#5 – Saybrook University-Oakland, California
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
Saybrook University offers a low residency PhD in clinical psychology that allows for online coursework and intensive face to face study throughout the program. Students learn how to complete psychological research and practice as a therapist in their community. Graduates of this online PhD in clinical psychology have gone on to work in their own private practice, government organizations, corporations, and corrections. Saybrook offers a unique blend of scholarship, research and clinical competencies to ensure students receive and benefit from a well rounded educational experience.
Courses: Developmental Psychology; History and Systems of Psychology; Biological Bases of Behavior; Personality Theory and Research; Ethics in Psychotherapy and Psychological Research
#4 – California Southern University-Irvine, California
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
The online PsyD degree in clinical psychology at California Southern University focuses on application, as opposed to research, in counseling and therapy. This unique clinical psychology PsyD online program meets licensure requirements in California (and other states) as a clinical psychologist. Students complete a doctoral project prior to graduation which allows them to demonstrate and share the knowledge and skills attained throughout the program. The program can typically be completed in four years. Coursework is available online with practicums completed at approved sites in the student’s local community.
Courses: Advanced Theories of Personality; Ethical and Professional Issues; Advanced Psychopathology; Cultural Diversity; Psychopharmacology
#3 – Walden University-Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Psychology
Walden University offers an online PhD with a specialization in clinical psychology that can be completed in 159 quarter credit hours. Students complete online coursework accessible anywhere there is a wireless connection. A clinical practicum, dissertation and internship are required as part of the program as well as an Academic Year in Residence (AYR). The AYR is a chance for students to interact with classmates and faculty on campus once per quarter for 12 months and complete blended format coursework. The purpose of the AYR is to develop clinical skills and techniques needed to become a clinical psychologist. Students graduate from this online PhD in clinical psychology program ready for the workforce and prepared for real-world situations.
Courses: Foundations of Graduate Study in Clinical Psychology; Psychopathology From a Clinical Perspective; Interventions I; Research, Theory, Design, and Methods; Social Psychology
#2 – University of the Cumberlands-Williamsburg, Kentucky
PhD in Clinical Psychology
The University of the Cumberlands offers an online PhD in clinical psychology that can be completed in four years of study. Coursework during the first and third year of study is offered online, while the 2nd year is a residency designed for professional growth and development for each student. This program includes a doctoral dissertation, clinical practicum and a one year clinical internship that meets the licensure requirements for Kentucky and several other states. Students enrolled in the program have the opportunity to study abroad in Oxford for an intensive four week summer session between their first and second year of study.
Courses: Psychological Theory; Statistics; Research Methods; Personality Theory; Lifespan Development
#1 – Capella University-Minneapolis, Minnesota
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology
The online PhD in clinical psychology from Capella University is a blended program that includes a Year-in-Residence, a supervised practicum, clinical dissertation, and a supervised internship. Program curriculum is culturally relevant, modern, and well-rounded. Students learn skills and strategies related to supervision, clinical interviewing skills, assessment skills, and diagnosis and psychopathology. Most students are able to complete program requirements in a little over five years. Capella works with each graduate during the license application progress to ensure students understand the process and the requirements for licensure.
Courses: Orientation to Professional Psychology; History and Systems of Psychology; Lifespan Development; Advanced Biological Psychology; Cognitive/Affective Psychology
By Kelley Jacobs