Apr 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin

Psychology (Clinical) PhD


The Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology is designed to develop a range of profession-wide competencies relevant to entry-level practice of health service psychology, as well as development of knowledge and advancement of psychological science through research activities. Our program trains evidence-based approaches to assessment and therapy of clinical problems across the lifespan, emphasizing cognitive and behavioral theoretical orientations. We offer generalist training with concentrations in Adult Clinical and Child Clinical. The Clinical Psychology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Graduates are well prepared to conduct research, assessment, therapy, training, and supervision in academic, research, health service, clinical, and community settings. Students completing the doctoral degree program with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology will be eligible for licensure as a psychologist in the state of Mississippi. 

Professional Licensure Disclosure:  Programs at The University of Southern Mississippi are designed to meet the professional competency standards for licensure in Mississippi. The University of Southern Mississippi cannot determine whether any program leads to licensure in any state other than Mississippi.  It is recommended that students who intend to seek licensure in another state verify that their program of study meets the desired state’s licensure requirements. For assistance with out-of-state licensure questions, please refer to the Professional Licensure Disclosures webpage.

Accreditation:  For information about program accreditation status, contact the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association at:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979
TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123
Fax: 202-336-5978


Campus: Hattiesburg

Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements detailed in Admission Requirements and Procedures , applicants must submit the following documents:

  1. Statement of Purpose - Applicants should pay particular attention to the instructions for writing the personal statement found in the online application. 
  2. CV/Résumé
  3. Three Letters of Recommendation

New students are admitted only for the fall semester. Applications received by December 1 each year will receive a full review for the following fall cohort. A student may be invited to come to campus for a personal interview as part of the application process. 

The School of Psychology values diversity; members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Requirements and Academic Policies

In addition to the requirements detailed in General Degree Requirements  and General Academic Information , students must pass a criminal background check and maintain professional liability insurance for each semester enrolled in practicum/externship/internship.