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Graduate School


Psychological Clinical Science

Department Chair

Dr. James Council

Department Location

232 B2 Minard Hall

Telephone Number

(701) 231-7065

Degree Offered


Application Deadline

February 1

Test Requirements


English Proficiency Requirements

TOEFL ibT 100

Program Description

The primary purpose of this program is to prepare students for careers in academic or research settings. Thus, a major emphasis is on research training. We hope to train researchers who will contribute to psychological knowledge through the investigation of clinically relevant issues, including basic research on the nature, etiology, and course of health related problems or psychological disorders, as well as applied research which investigates the prevention and treatment of health and mental health problems.

Admission Criteria

When making admissions decisions,  grades, GRE scores, research experience, letters of recommendation (preferably from faculty who can comment on your research skills and academic potential), and the personal statement are considered. To the extent that an applicant has a strong background in psychology, including coursework in statistics, research methods, abnormal psychology, and personality and good research experience, this will be an advantage.

Applicants who already have a master’s degree will be judged by the same criteria. For applicants with a master’s degree, credit towards the doctorate will depend on how well previous course work matches with our own requirements.

Campus visits or interviews are not required; however, the department may arrange for a visit via phone or internet video with top candidates.

Applications must be received by February 1 in order to receive full consideration for admission in the upcoming academic year. Admission decisions will be made by mid-March. Applications are reviewed once a year and students are admitted for fall semester only.

Program Requirements

Students are required to gain a breadth of knowledge in the foundations of psychology through courses in biological, cognitive, and social bases of behavior. Coursework in research methods and statistics, assessment, psychopathology, health, and interventions comprise the clinical portion of the curriculum.

Practica at local hospitals, clinics, and mental health agencies provide supervised experience in service delivery and applied research. This is a full-time program and will take 5 years, including internship, to complete.

Evaluation and Intervention

  • Four courses cover content related to the history of clinical psychology, ethics, psychopathology, and current empirically supported approaches to assessment and treatment. Total of 13 credits. 755 Behavior Therapy and Assessment I (3) 756 Behavior Therapy and Assessment II (4) 770 Advanced Psychological Assessment (3)Choose one course on current theories and research on psychopathology with a focus either on adulthood or childhood. 672 Advanced Psychopathology (3) or 673 Child Psychopathology and Therapy (3)
  • 758 New Course, Diversity in Clinical Practice and Cultural Psychology (3)
  • Clinical training. 795 Practicum (16 credits)
  • 794 Internship (2 credits)

Fundamentals of Psychology and Breadth

One course from each of three core categories to include an option for the biological basis of behavior, the cognitive basis of behavior, and the social basis of behavior. These courses are for breadth. Students may choose the particular courses and may take additional elective courses to supplement their knowledge and research skills in Health, Social, Cognition, or Vision. Total of 9 credits.

  • Biological Basis of Behavior: 660 Sensation and Perception or 665 Psychobiology or 686 Neuropsychology or 718 Visual Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Basis of Behavior: 661 Memory and Knowledge or 664 Attention and Thinking or 720 Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Social Basis of Behavior: 653 Organizational Psychology or 670 Experimental Social Psychology or 771 Social/Health Psychology or 787 Advanced Social Psychology and Health

Research Training

  • 793 Individual Study (6)
  • 798 Thesis (variable credits)
  • 799 Dissertation (variable)
  • Three courses on research methods. Total of 9 credits.
    640 Experimental Methods (3)
    761 Applied Research Methods (3)
    762 Advanced Research Methods/Analysis (3)
  • Psyc 790 Graduate Seminar (8)

Teaching Requirement

  • One course and seminar in college teaching. Total of 4 didactic credits.
    Hum 702 College Teaching (3)
    Psyc 791 Teaching Psychology (1)
    Psyc 794 Teaching Practicum (4)

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James R. Council, Ph.D.
University of Connecticut, 1984
Field: Clinical; Personality, Assessment, Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 

Keith Donohue, Ph.D.
Florida State University, 2011
Field: Clinical; Substance Abuse, Research Methods, and Teaching 

Robert Dvorak, Ph.D.
University of South Dakota, 2012
Field: Clinical; Self-Regulation, Health, and Addiction 

Kathryn Gordon, Ph.D.
Florida State University, 2008
Field: Clinical; Disordered Eating, Suicidal Behavior

Clayton Hilmert, Ph.D.
University of California at San Diego, 2003
Field: Health/Social; Stress, Psychophysiology, and Health 

Leah A. Irish, Ph.D.
Kent State University, 2011
Field: Experimental Health Psychology, Stress and Health, Sleep

Paul D. Rokke, Ph.D.
University of Houston, 1985
Field: Clinical; Psychopathology 

Wendy Gordon, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002
Field: Child Development, Social Development and Peer Relations

Student Focused. Land Grant. Research University.

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