Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program FAQs

What is the class size of the program?

KCU’s first class will hold up to 20 students. As our program and faculty grow, so will our student body. Regardless of the class size, we'll work to maintain a student to faculty ratio that provides you the mentorship you need to be successful.

How long is the program?

The program is five years. You'll be on campus for the first four years, receiving a mix of didactic learning and hands-on clinical experiences called practica. You'll spend your fifth year off site on a 2,000 hour, 12-month internship. 

Where are clinical rotation sites?

Our clinical sites will provide you with wide-ranging clinical and assessment experiences in order to prepare you to be well-rounded psychologists. Sites may include hospitals, community health centers, outpatient clinics, Veteran’s Affairs Hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers, rural health centers and forensic sites.

Do I need to major in Psychology during my undergrad to qualify for the program?

While you are not required to major in Psychology during you undergrad career, 18 hours of psychology coursework is required. Please review the requirements page for further information.

What is the application process for the PsyD program?

Start your application process by completing the PSYCAS online application. Create an account and complete your application online. Then submit your application to KCU for review. Within the application, you will upload a resume/cv, three letters of recommendation and unofficial copies of your test scores or transcripts.  Please see additional application requirements.

What is the difference between a PsyD and a PhD in Psychology?

Doctoral programs in Psychology differ in the type of doctoral degree awarded. The two most common doctoral degrees are the PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) and the PsyD (Doctor of Psychology). Programs in colleges of education may offer the EdD (Doctor of Education) degree.

The PhD is generally regarded as a research degree. Although many professional psychology programs award the PhD degree — especially those in university academic departments — these programs typically have a greater emphasis on producing new knowledge and engaging in research.

The PsyD is a professional degree in psychology (similar to the MD in medicine or a JD in law). Programs conferring the PsyD degree focus heavily on the application of psychological science to provide a service to individuals or groups.

Can students from the PsyD program apply for the DO program?

No. Students who are interested in the College of Osteopathic Medicine should apply directly to the DO program.

Will the PsyD program be offered at the Joplin campus?

No. Currently the PsyD program will only be offered at the Kansas City campus. 

Is KCU’s PsyD program accredited?

Our program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a regional accrediting body. For APA accreditation, new programs cannot apply for accreditation until certain benchmarks have been met. KCU will be applying for status with the APA in the Spring of 2017. This will let all of our students and the world know that we are working closely with APA from the get go to build an outstanding program with accreditation in mind. 

The next step is, “accredited on contingency.” We apply for this after our second year of students. Accredited on contingency IS an accreditation. This means that at that point, our students can say that they come from an accredited program. Then, at the end of year four, we can apply for “full accreditation.”

Any student who is enrolled at the time of our status change to “accredited on contingency” will be able to apply to APA accredited internships in their fifth year. KCU has built this program from the ground up based upon APA’s standards and our Director of the Program committed to working intensely with them to get KCU accredited as soon as possible.  

Are there any scholarships available for the program? 

Yes. Information regarding scholarships (eligibility and availability) can be found here.

Is tuition different for in-state and out-of-state students?

No. KCU is a private institution and tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.