Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

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Jackson State University (JSU) was approved by the Board of Trustees of Institutions of Higher Learning of the State of Mississippi to begin its Ph.D., program in clinical psychology in 1995 with an inaugural class of six doctoral candidates. The American Psychological Association awarded our program accreditation in 2001, and the first doctoral dissertation defense occurred in 2002. The program was first reaccredited in 2005, and then accredited in 2010.

Students in this program immersed into a curriculum anchored in the cumulative body of psychological knowledge, with a firm basis in statistics, research design, and experimental methodology. The program develops a comprehensive knowledge base and teaches skills to improve the students’ ability to effectively function as empirically oriented clinical psychologists in diverse settings. This is accomplished through a sequence of formal clinical courses, and distinguished by an in-depth exploration of multicultural issues and exposure to ethnic minority communities.

Due to COVID challenges, the GRE will be waived for applications accepted in the 2021-2022 cycle for the cohort class of 2022.

The Program Application and Recommendation Form are noted below. See Program Application Materials and Student Selection Process in the drop-down box (above) for more information about the application process.

Program Application

Recommendation Form


Student Outcomes, Admission, and Other Data (click below)

2021 Student Admissions Outcomes and Other Data


Accreditation Body Contact Information:

The program is APA accredited by the¬†Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed¬† to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association

750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202)336-5979 / E-mail: