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Ph.D. Program in Psychological Clinical Science

***The Psychological Clinical Science Program is not accepting applications at this time.***

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.

NOTE:  This program is NOT accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).  The curriculum was designed to meet accreditation standards.  It is our intention to apply for accreditation in the future, but the program is not currently seeking accreditation.

What does this mean?  Students who graduate from our program will be eligible for many internships, jobs, and licensure. However, the options will not be as broad as those who graduate from an accredited program, as some internships and some positions require this.  According to a recent survey by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), Georgia, Oklahoma and Oregon require graduation from an APA accredited program for licensure as a psychologist.  Iowa and Tennessee require either APA accreditation or designation by the ASPPB-National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology designation project. If you have any questions about accreditation issues, please contact Dr. Paul. Rokke, Director of Clinical Training.

For more information about the coursework and our program, please see the "Graduate Policies and Curriculum" page.

Coursework and Training

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. We do our best to support students with an assistantship that includes a tuition waiver.

Application Process

Start by doing your homework.

You need to know whether you will be happy in our program. First, consider your career objectives. If you are primarily interested in an academic career, have a strong commitment to research, and would like to teach, then consider us further. If you are mostly interested in a career providing assessment and treatment services in health and mental health settings, we will not be a good fit for you.

Then, learn about our faculty. Look them up on the web. Read some of their publications. When we consider applicants for acceptance into our program, we are looking for students to work with us on our research. You need to know what it is we do and that this is what you want to do as well.

Admissions Criteria

When making admissions decisions we consider 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. 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. In addition, the personal statement should be clear about your career goals and interests and why you think NDSU, in particular, will help you achieve those goals. Your undergraduate GPA must be at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale. We will consider applicants who already have a master's degree and will judge them by the same criteria. For applicant's with a master's degree, credit towards the doctorate will depend on how well previous course work matches with our own requirements. International applicants must have TOEFL (internet-based) score of at least 100.

It should be noted that NDSU and the Department of Psychology are fully committed to an equal opportunity to education for all individuals. We welcome your application regardless of age, color, disability, gender expression or identity, marital status, national origin, economic status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a U.S. veteran.

We do not require campus visits or interviews. We may, however, like to arrange for a visit via phone or web video with our top candidates.


Applications are made online. You can find instructions and more information at the Graduate School. You will need to make arrangements to include transcripts, test scores, and three letters of recommendation. Our application deadline is January 15. Admissions decisions will be made by mid-March. We review applications only once a year and admit students only in the Fall semester.

***The Psychological Clinical Science Program is not accepting applications at this time.***

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Primary Clinical Faculty

FacultyResearch interest(s)
Paul D. Rokke, Ph.D.Cognition and emotion, cognitive vulnerability to depression

Affiliated Faculty

Our Affiliated Faculty also serve as research advisors to Psychological Clinical Science graduate students.  If you are interested in working with a member of our Affiliated Faculty, please contact them to find out more about their interests. 


Research interest(s)
Clayton Hilmert, Ph.D.Stress, psychophysiology, and health
Leah Irish, Ph.D.Sleep, stress, health behaviors
Michael Robinson, Ph.D.

Personality, emotion, cognition, self-regulation

James R. Council, Ph.D.History of psychology, personality, hypnosis




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Department of Psychology
North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8622
Campus address: Minard Hall 232 
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2765 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Department Chair: Mark Nawrot, Ph.D.
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