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Ranking of Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programs

Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards     This page lists U.S. and Canadian clinical psychology programs rank-ordered by how well their graduates performed on the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology from 1988 to 1995 (as given in the APS Observer). For more recent EPPP rankings, click here.

Of course, EPPP scores are only one measure of clinical training, and their use as an index of program quality does not take into account pre-existing differences in student training and test-taking ability. Nonetheless, EPPP scores provide one means of assessing clinical training. For example, high EPPP scores are associated with larger faculty-to-student ratios, smaller clinical programs, and traditional Ph.D. programs rather than Psy.D. or Ed.D. programs (to learn more, contact the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards).

Note to Students: The rankings below should be considered no more than a rough approximation. You would be well advised to consult as many faculty members as possible for feedback on your top school choices before applying to graduate school. Admission to graduate school is competitive, so apply to as many schools as possible; have your friends, family, and academic advisors look over your application materials; and if you receive letters of rejection, don't lose your sense of humor!

Clinical Programs Ranked by EPPP Score
Rank School Program Sample Size Mean EPPP
1.0 University of Oregon PhD 44 165.7
2.0 University of Waterloo PhD 28 165.1
3.0 University of Pennsylvania PhD 15 164.9
4.5 University of Delaware PhD 29 164.6
4.5 University of California--Los Angeles PhD 84 164.6
6.0 University of IowaPhD 31 164.4
7.0 University of Minnesota PhD 48 163.9
8.0 University of Connecticut PhD 57 163.7
9.0 Yale University PhD 42 163.6
10.0 University at Albany, SUNY PhD 52 163.5
11.5 University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill PhD 61 163.2
11.5 Rutgers UniversityPhD 36 163.2
13.5 University of Wisconsin--Madison PhD 25 163.1
13.5 University of Missouri--St. Louis PhD 46 163.1
15.5 San Diego State University PhD 4 163.0
15.5 Northwestern University PhD 28 163.0
17.5 University of Kansas PhD 71 162.9
17.5 University at Buffalo, SUNY PhD 75 162.9
20.5 University of Rochester PhD 39 162.6
20.5 University of Houston PhD 51 162.6
20.5 Indiana University PhD 31 162.6
20.5 Bowling Green State University PhD 47 162.6
23.0 University of New Mexico PhD 46 162.5
24.0 University of Alabama PhD 54 162.3
25.0 University of Wyoming PhD 34 162.2
27.0 Stony Brook University PhD 67 162.1
27.0 Loyola University PhD 74 162.1
27.0 Emory University PhD 48 162.1
29.0 University of Missouri--Columbia PhD 60 161.9
31.0 Wayne State University PhD 78 161.8
31.0 Univ. of Virginia School of Education PhD 5 161.8
31.0 Ohio University PhD 68 161.8
33.0 Simon Fraser University PhD 29 161.5
34.0 Washington University in St. Louis PhD 42 161.4
35.5 University of Southern California PhD 59 161.3
35.5 Duke University PhD 33 161.3
37.5 University of British Columbia PhD 25 161.2
37.5 Arizona State University PhD 46 161.2
39.5 University of Alabama--Birmingham PhD 5 161.0
39.5 McGill University PhD 23 161.0
42.0 University of Illinois--Chicago PhD 61 160.8
42.0 University of Florida PhD 87 160.8
42.0 Northern Illinois University PhD 26 160.8
44.5 Georgia State University PhD 129 160.6
44.5 Auburn University PhD 5 160.6
46.0 University of Maine PhD 28 160.5
47.0 University of South Florida PhD 76 160.2
49.5 West Virginia University PhD 62 160.1
49.5 University of Virginia PhD 43 160.1
49.5 Miami University--Ohio PhD 42 160.1
49.5 Kent State University PhD 75 160.1
52.5 University of Hawaii PhD 33 160.0
52.5 Case Western Reserve University PhD 52 160.0
55.0 Virginia Commonwealth University PhD 62 159.9
55.0 University of Nebraska--Lincoln PhD 59 159.9
55.0 Saint Louis University PhD 71 159.9
57.0 University of Denver PhD 52 159.7
58.5 Rosalind Franklin Univ. (was Finch Univ.) PhD 72 159.5
58.5 DePaul University PhD 64 159.5
60.5 Widener University PsyD 107 159.4
60.5 Clark University PhD 24 159.4
62.0 Louisiana State University PhD 85 159.2
63.0 University of Miami PhD 101 159.1
64.0 Baylor University PsyD 66 158.9
65.0 University of Montana PhD 56 158.8
66.0 American University PhD 47 158.6
67.0 Syracuse University PhD 34 158.5
69.5 University of Georgia PhD 75 158.3
69.5 University of Washington PhD 52 158.3
69.5 Long Island University--Brooklyn PhD 6 158.3
69.5 Fordham University PhD 59 158.3
72.5 Texas Tech University PhD 39 158.2
72.5 Indiana State University PsyD 62 158.2
74.5 York University PhD 3 158.0
74.5 Central Michigan University PsyD* 28 158.0
76.0 University of Texas--Austin PhD 36 157.9
77.0 Virginia Polytechnic Institute PhD 60 157.8
78.5 University of North Dakota PhD 72 157.7
78.5 Catholic University of America PhD 64 157.7
80.0 University of Hartford PsyD 41 157.6
82.0 University of Kentucky PhD 30 157.5
82.0 University of Western Ontario PhD 39 157.5
82.0 Binghamton University PhD 44 157.5
84.5 University of North Texas PhD 40 157.4
84.5 University of Illinois--Urbana/Champaign PhD 29 157.4
86.0 University of Massachusetts PhD 64 157.2
88.0 Virginia Consortium Prog. in Clinical Psych. PsyD 68 157.0
88.0 University of Cincinnati PhD 62 157.0
88.0 Fuller Theological Seminary PhD/PsyD 225 157.0
90.0 Rutgers University PsyD 107 156.9
91.5 Vanderbilt University PhD 40 156.7
91.5 University of Michigan PhD 93 156.7
93.0 Drexel Univ. (was MCP Hahnemann U.) PhD 18 156.4
94.0 University of Toledo PhD 33 156.3
95.0 University of Utah PhD 41 156.2
97.0 University of Arizona PhD 56 156.1
97.0 University of Vermont PhD 61 156.1
97.0 Brigham Young University PhD 61 156.1
99.0 Utah State University PhD 46 156.0
100.0 Florida State University PhD 93 155.8
101.0 Purdue University PhD 56 155.6
102.0 Fairleigh Dickinson University PhD 83 155.5
103.5 University of California--Berkeley PhD 37 155.3
103.5 University of Maryland--College Park PhD 58 155.3
105.0 Texas A&M University PhD 23 155.2
106.0 Temple University PhD 45 155.1
107.5 University of Rhode Island PhD 64 155.0
107.5 St. John's University PhD 86 155.0
109.0 University of Windsor PhD 50 154.8
110.0 City Univ. of New York Graduate Center PhD 3 154.7
111.0 University of Mississippi PhD 57 154.6
113.0 University of South Carolina PhD 84 154.5
113.0 Ohio State University PhD 51 154.5
113.0 University of Memphis PhD 73 154.5
115.0 The New School for Social Research PhD 119 154.4
116.0 George Washington University PhD 70 154.3
117.0 University of Manitoba PhD 50 154.2
118.5 University of North Carolina--Greensboro PhD 35 154.1
118.5 Biola University PhD 59 154.1
120.0 Michigan State University PhD 98 154.0
121.5 University of Nevada--Reno PhD 31 153.9
121.5 Northwestern University Medical School PhD 99 153.9
123.5 University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee PhD 39 153.8
123.5 MCP Hahnemann University Defunct 77 153.8
125.0 University of Louisville PhD 40 153.5
126.0 George Mason University PhD 31 153.4
127.0 University of Arkansas PhD 49 153.1
128.0 Boston University PhD 109 152.9
129.5 University of South Dakota PhD 54 152.8
129.5 Southern Illinois University--Carbondale PhD 72 152.8
131.5 Washington State University PhD 82 152.6
131.5 Peabody College of Vanderbilt University PhD 53 153.6
133.0 Long Island University--C.W. Post Campus PsyD 82 152.5
134.0 Biola University PsyD 240 152.4
135.0 Palo Alto University (was PGSP) PhD 159 152.2
136.0 CA School of Prof. Psychology--San Diego PhD/PsyD 452 152.1
137.0 University of Colorado--Boulder PhD 68 151.6
138.0 University of Denver PhD 320 151.5
139.0 CA School of Prof. Psychology--Alameda PhD/PsyD 538 151.4
140.0 Oklahoma State University PhD 76 151.1
141.5 University of Pittsburgh PhD 47 151.0
141.5 Pepperdine University PsyD 66 151.0
143.5 University of Ottawa PhD 58 150.6
143.5 Adelphi University PhD 212 150.6
145.5 Illinois Institute of Technology PhD 74 150.3
145.5 California Institute of Integral Studies PsyD 32 150.3
147.0 Columbia University Teachers College PhD 93 150.2
148.0 Concordia University, Canada PhD 13 150.1
149.0 Western Michigan University PhD 34 149.8
150.0 Massachusetts School of Prof. Psychology PsyD 291 149.6
151.0 Pennsylvania State University PhD 65 148.9
152.0 Nova Southeastern University PhD/PsyD 390 148.7
153.0 Yeshiva University PhD/PsyD 243 148.6
154.0 University of Tennessee--Knoxville PhD 84 148.3
155.0 Antioch New England Graduate School PsyD 123 147.7
156.0 Pacific University PsyD 85 147.4
157.0 University of Southern Mississippi PhD 88 147.3
158.0 City College of New York, CUNY PhD 95 146.6
159.0 Wright State University PsyD 238 146.5
160.5 New York University PhD 116 146.3
160.5 Argosy University, Chicago (was ISPP) PsyD 486 146.3
162.0 University of Detroit Mercy PhD 79 146.0
163.0 Wright Institute PsyD 195 145.6
164.5 Howard University PhD 29 145.0
164.5 Florida Institute of Technology PsyD 380 145.0
166.0 CA School of Prof. Psychology--Fresno PhD/PsyD 447 144.4
167.0 Chicago School of Prof. Psychology PsyD 229 144.2
168.0 Argosy University, Atlanta (was GSPP) PsyD 3 143.8
169.0 CA School of Prof. Psychology--LA PhD/PsyD 846 142.9
170.0 Forest Institute of Prof. Psych.--Hawaii PsyD 5 142.4
171.0 George Fox University PsyD 4 142.0
172.0 Wisconsin School of Prof. Psychology PsyD 5 141.8
173.0 Forest Institute of Prof. Psych.--Missouri PsyD 115 140.8
174.0 Spalding University PsyD 43 140.0
175.0 Forest Institute of Prof. Psych.--Illinois PsyD 319 139.5
176.0 Seton Hall University PsyD 33 138.9
177.0 Adler School of Professional Psychology PsyD 11 135.6
178.5 Alliant International University (was USIU) PhD/PsyD 320 135.5
178.5 Fielding Graduate University PhD 19 135.5
180.0 Carlos Albizu University (Miami Institute) PsyD 16 131.8
181.0 Argosy University, Twin Cities (was MSPP) PsyD 7 130.9
182.0 Univ. of California--Davis (Med. School) Defunct 24 130.1
183.0 Puerto Rico Institute of Psychology PhD/PsyD 4 121.0

Thanks go to Don Templer and Marie Tomeo of the California School of Professional Psychology for checking the accuracy of this page and making corrections to the original list published in the APS Observer. The APS Observer data were compiled as part of the following study: Yu, L. M., Rinaldi, S., A., Templer, D. I., Colbert, L. A., Siscoe, K., & Van Patten, K. (1997). Score on the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology as a function of attributes of clinical psychology graduate programs. Psychological Science, 8, 347-350.

*Note: Central Michigan University now offers a Ph.D. rather than a Psy.D. degree.



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