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Doctor of Philosophy
The clinical psychology program offers courses and training leading to the degree of doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in clinical psychology. Students in the doctoral program acquire a master of science degree as they progress toward their doctoral degree. The doctoral program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Courses cover scientific areas of psychology, the historical foundations of psychology, research methods and professional practice skills. Supervised clinical experiences are planned throughout the curriculum. Practica are available at the Department of Psychology’s Center for Psychological Services and with collaborating agencies in the Milwaukee urban area.
The goal of this program is to assist doctoral psychology graduate students in gaining additional knowledge of multicultural issues. This includes increased awareness of the multicultural psychology research, increased understanding of diverse groups and cultures, and self-reflection of how diversity awareness can be integrated into their professional careers.
To be considered for admission, all application requirements must be completed and received in the Graduate School by November 15th for the following fall term.
Teaching and research assistantships (TAs and RAs) are awarded to full-time students in the doctoral program. Assistantships are usually distributed among the first, second and third year clinical students. TAs help the professors by teaching laboratory courses, leading discussion sections, preparing, proctoring and grading exams, and reading and grading papers. RAs help professors conduct research, including literature searches, running experiments, data entry, setting up labs, and statistical analyses.
A full assistantship requires 20 hours of work in return for a monthly stipend (nine months) and tuition remission of 24 credit hours. Many students receive 1/2 assistantships, which requires 10 hours of work in return for a half stipend and 12 credit hours.
Assistantships are awarded per semester or an annual basis. Performance is reviewed each semester. Renewal of an assistantship is based on satisfactory performance and on academic performance.
The program invites applicants that are particularly interested in diversity-related issues, in either research and/or clinical practice, to request consideration for the Department of Psychology Diversity Graduate Assistantship. All applicants that believe they would contribute positively to the diversity of the program are invited to state in their application that they would like to be considered for the Diversity Graduate Assistantship.
Tuition remission scholarships (e.g., dissertation scholarships) and fellowships are occasionally available. Unlike assistantships, there are no service obligations to the University for scholarship and fellowship recipients.