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The Best PsyD Programs in Texas (TX): Campus & Online

Learn all about the best PsyD programs in Texas for 2023 and how earning your PsyD can help you launch a rewarding career as a psychologist.

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If you’re interested in advancing your psychology career, a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree may be the right choice. Unlike the more research-focused PhD in psychology, PsyD programs in Texas are geared towards professionals who want to work directly with patients and clients. However, with the different types of PsyD programs available, choosing the right one can be challenging.

This guide provides information on the top clinical psychology PsyD programs currently available in Texas to help you select the program that best meets your academic needs and career goals. You’ll also find useful information on program accreditation, the steps required to obtain your state psychologist license, the job outlook for Texas PsyD graduates (which is very positive!), and more. Keep reading to discover the best PsyD programs in Texas for 2023.

Best APA-Accredited PsyD Programs in Texas for 2023

Three PsyD programs in Texas currently are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). All three are prime examples of the best PsyD programs available in the U.S. in terms of affordability, curriculum comprehensiveness, access to faculty and student support services, and more. Use these spotlights as a guide of what to look for in as you research PsyD clinical psychology programs in Texas.

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Baylor University

Students in Baylor University’s PsyD in clinical psychology develop the clinical competencies necessary to deliver effective psychological services that are responsive to both individual patients and the larger society. The program employs a practitioner-scientist training model combining coursework with extensive supervised clinical experience (1,000 to 1,200 clinical practicum hours plus additional clinical research) in both academic and professional psychology. Program length for this APA-accredited PsyD program in Texas is five years and includes a four-year residency in Waco followed by a one-year internship at an APA-approved practice site. The program culminates in the writing and defense of a dissertation. The course of study is presented in a “lock-step” cohort model in which all students start their degree at the same place regardless of their previously earned degrees and experience.

Admission to the clinical psychology PsyD program is a competitive process, with acceptance based on various factors, including the applicant’s undergraduate and graduate grades, previous coursework in psychology, GRE scores, research experience, work experience (whether paid or voluntary), letters of recommendation, and statement of goals and interests. While a master’s degree is not mandatory, it could be advantageous.

All students accepted into the PsyD program have their tuition costs covered. Additionally, they receive stipends for their work at practice sites during the three-year practicum and the fourth year of research/dissertation.

Delivery

  • On-Campus
  • Full-Time

Specialization/Concentration Tracks

  • Clinical Psychology

2

Our Lady of the Lake University

Our Lady of the Lake University, a private, Catholic-affiliated institution, offers a PsyD with a concentration in counseling psychology on its main campus in San Antonio. The program prepares students for independent assessment and intervention practice with individuals, couples, families, and groups. With this focus on applied psychology and the delivery of services, students will find less emphasis on traditional research activities. This PsyD clinical psychology program in Texas culminates in the completion and defense of a dissertation. The program is full-time, with most students completing all required work in five years (four years of coursework plus a 1,000-service-hour practicum and 1,900 to 2,000 predoctoral internship hours). PsyD students proficient in Spanish may obtain a Psychological Services for Spanish Speaking Populations (PSSSP) certificate as an elective concentration in the PsyD program.

Admission requirements for this PsyD clinical psychology program in Texas include a master’s degree in psychology or closely related discipline with a 3.5 minimum cumulative GPA, satisfactory GRE scores, three letters of recommendation, and personal statement describing psychology background, academic expectations, and professional goals.

Delivery:

  • On-Campus
  • Full-Time

Specialization/Concentration Tracks:

  • Counseling Psychology

3

University of Houston Clear Lake

The University of Houston Clear Lake (UHCL) PsyD in Health Service Psychology (Clinical Psychology/School Psychology) offers the most affordable option for students seeking an APA-accredited PsyD degree program in Texas. As the degree title implies, this PsyD program’s aim is to prepare graduates for careers as psychology practitioners, scholars, and applied researchers in clinical and/or school settings. This is accomplished through a curriculum that provides broad practitioner-scientist training that emphasizes clinical practice. The program is full-time, with students typically completing all degree requirements in five years. The course of study includes academic coursework completed on the university’s Houston campus, a two-semester internal practicum at UHCL’s Psychological Services Clinic, and a minimum two-year practicum completed in outpatient mental health clinics, medical facilities, school districts, correctional facilities, etc., throughout the greater Houston area.

To be considered for admission to the PsyD clinical psychology program in Texas, applicants must meet several requirements. These include holding a bachelor’s, master’s, or specialist degree in psychology, clinical psychology, school psychology, or a closely-related field, as well as having earned a GPA of 3.4 or higher in previous coursework. Additionally, applicants must achieve a minimum score of 300 on the GRE, with a minimum score of 3.5 on the analytical writing test. Evidence of research potential or experience, such as a thesis, formal research project, participation in research, or publication, is also required. Applicants must submit a current CV and a statement of purpose.

Delivery:

  • On-Campus
  • Full-Time

Specialization/Concentration Tracks:

  • Health Care Clinical Psychology

APA Accreditation & PsyD Programs in Texas

The APA is the primary accreditation body for PsyD degree programs in the United States. APA-accredited PsyD programs in Texas are highly respected, indicating that the programs have met important association-established standards for academic quality. Graduation from an APA-accredited PsyD program in Texas qualifies you for jobs that specifically call for applicants with an APA-accredited doctorate program and may enhance your standing with employers in general.

Not all PsyD programs in the U.S. are APA-accredited. For example, the three Texas PsyD programs spotlighted above are all APA-accredited. However, the fourth PsyD program currently available in Texas (the PsyD in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology) is not. And in most states – including Texas – licensure as a psychologist does not require that the applicant earn their psychology doctoral degree from an APA-accredited program. (See the section on Texas psychologist licensure below for more on education requirements for licensure.)

Online PsyD Programs in Texas: What to Know

Distance learning offers tremendous convenience and flexibility to students in practically any degree program, including PsyD programs. At the moment, however, Texas students seeking an online PsyD will have to look out-of-state as all of the PsyD programs currently offered by Texas colleges and universities are campus-based. Online PsyD programs are available, though. Examples include those from nonprofit schools like Meridian University and the University of Arizona Global Campus, and for-profit schools such as Capella University and Walden University.

There are several reasons to be careful when considering an online PsyD program. First, while these programs are described as online, they all include some in-person components like on-campus residencies and partially on-campus courses, as well as in-person practicums and internships that may or may not be available in your area. In addition, it’s critical you verify that any online program you consider will qualify you for licensure to practice in Texas or any other jurisdiction where you may wish to practice.

See the discussion regarding Texas psychologist licensure requirements below. And to learn more about online PsyD programs, visit the STEPS Guide to Earning Your Online Doctorate in Psychology.

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