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Research Output of Graduate Students from 2008-2016.

Scientific OutputTotal Number Fall 2008 - Spring 2016Student average output while enrolled at MSU
Number of peer-reviewed papers113 publications4.31 publications
Number of book chapters18 chapters0.71 chapters
Number of conference presentations306 presentations11.52 presentations

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

We feel fortunate to have an outstanding student body that is actively engaged in all aspects of clinical science. The quality of our students is evidenced by their excellent undergraduate academic records and high-level of research productivity and their success on the internship and job market.

The students we have admitted over the past five years have been quite strong in terms of their GRE scores and GPAs. Our students are graduates of top universities and colleges around the U.S. (e.g., Harvard University, Emory University, Northwestern University, Cornell University, Kenyon College, Dartmouth College, Stanford University) and the world (e.g., McGill University). Many of them come with several years of research experience, including a senior thesis and/or post-baccalaureate research assistant positions. In addition, they frequently have presentations or publications with their undergraduate advisors/mentors after college. These projects have been published in outlets such as Psychophysiology, Behavior Modification, and the International Journal of Eating Disorders, and have been presented at conferences for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Conference, the Society for Research in Child Development Meeting, the American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, the Society for Personality Assessment, the International Meeting for Autism Research, and the Academy for Eating Disorders Annual Meeting. The excellence of our students is further demonstrated through their success while they are in our program. All of our students are active in presenting at national and international conferences and publishing their research.

Our students also develop clinical excellence during their training, as evidenced by our 100% match rate to American Psychological Association (APA) accredited APPIC internships for the past 14 years. Our students have matched to highly selective and prestigious internships, including programs at the University of Washington, McLean Hospital/Harvard University Medical School, Yale University Medical School, and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic/University of Pittsburgh Medical School.

Finally, our students also successfully complete our program in a timely manner and are employed in a range of clinical science positions after graduation. In the past 5 years, our modal completion time to Ph.D. has been 6 years, with ~76% of our students graduating in 6 years and another 23% graduating in 7 years. Almost all of our students spend 5 years in residence at MSU and then spend their 6th year at their internship site. Our students typically complete their dissertation defense in the summer before leaving on internship or during the fall or spring term of their 6th year while on internship. We require completion of the dissertation proposal by September of their 5th year (for more information on these timelines, click here) and thus, students have ample opportunity to complete data collection and analysis prior to their departure for internship.

Following graduation, our students are employed in a range of clinical science jobs including clinic director positions and postdoctoral or faculty positions in academic settings (e.g., Columbia University Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University Medical School, the University of Chicago, the University of Iowa, and DePaul University).

Time To Completion 

OutcomeYear in which Degrees were Conferred
2009-20102010-20112011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015 2015-2016Total
Total number of students with doctoral degree conferred on transcript243635 124
Mean number of years to complete the program 66 66.5 66.2 66.1
Median number of years to complete the program666666 66
Time to Degree RangesN%N%N%N%N%N% N%N%
Students in less than 5 years000000000000 0000
Students in 5 years000000000000 0000
Students in 6 years2100410031004673100480 11002188
Students in 7 years00000011700120 0028
Students in more than 7 years0000001170000 0014

Students with M.A. earned elsewhere. If the student completed an acceptable research thesis in psychology as part of master's work at another institution, the program will review whether the MA can be transferred. The advisor and one other clinical faculty member will be asked to judge whether the previous work qualifies or whether the student needs to demonstrate additional research competence at the MA level. If approved, a copy of the thesis and a letter documenting the faculty's judgment of acceptability must be filed in the Department Graduate Office by the student. 

Students with MA earned elsewhere who did not complete a data-based thesis as part of their prior master's work, or whose previous thesis work is judged not acceptable, must demonstrate research competence. This is usually a thesis-equivalency project completed during the first year that the student is enrolled in the clinical psychology graduate program at MSU. The DCT and advisor will also examine coursework from the prior MA degree to determine its equivalence to the coursework in the program. The student’s timeline in the program may be shortened if they have a thesis and coursework that is deemed equivalent.

Program Costs  

Description2016-2017 1st-Year Cohort Cost
Tuition for full-time students (in-state) $6,305.50
Tuition for full-time students (out-of-state) $12,371.50
Tuition per credit hour for part-time students (if applicable) NA
University/institution fees or costs $34.50
Additional estimated fees or costs to students (e.g. books, travel, etc.)$1,470

Internship Placement - Table 1  

OutcomeYear Applied for Internship
2009-20102010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014 2014-20152015-2016
N%N%N%N%N% N%N%
Students who obtained APA/CPA-accredited internships5100310051003100480 11005100
Students who obtained APPIC member internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable)0000000000 0000
Students who obtained other membership organization internships (e.g. CAPIC) that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable)00000000120 0000
Students who obtained internships conforming to CDSPP guidelines that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable)0000000000 0000
Students who obtained other internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable)0000000000 0000
Students who obtained any internship51003100510031005100 11005100
Students who sought or applied for internships including those who withdrew from the application process51003100510031005100 11005100

Internship Placement - Table 2  

OutcomeYear Applied for Internship
2009-20102010-20112011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015 2015-2016
N%N%N%N%N%N% N%
Students who sought or applied for internships including those who withdrew from the application process5 -3-5-3-5 -1 5 
Students who obtained paid internships510031005100310051001100 5100
Students who obtained half-time internship000000000000 00


VariableYear of First Enrollment
Students for whom this is the year of first enrollment (i.e. new students)5- 4-5-5-4- 5-4100
Students whose doctoral degrees were conferred on their transcripts 00000000000000
Students still enrolled in program4 8037536051004100 48040
Students no longer enrolled for any reason other than conferral of doctoral degree1201 25240040001 2000


Outcome2006 to 2016
The total number of program graduates (doctoral degrees conferred on transcript) between 2 and 10 years ago39
The number of these graduates (between 2 and 10 years ago) who became licensed psychologists in the past 10 years26
Licensure percentage*67%

*The percent licensed is computed using surveys completed by recent graduates of MSU's Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. The percent of licensed graduates is in line with the program goals and objectives. Some of our graduates have obtained academic or policy-making positions where licensure is not necessary to perform their duties. Graduates from our program who wish to become licensed to practice psychotherapy, perform clinical assessments, or become consultants, have been able in all cases to do so.

Applicant and Graduate Student Data 

Applicant Data Application Cycle Year 
2010 201120122013201420152016
Number of Applicants158166159149201133 199
Number Accepted for Admission7777109 6
Number matriculated455 4545
Number of incoming students
receiving an assistantship that
includes a full waiver of tuition
4554 545
Incoming Graduate Class  
GRE - Verbal Average Score 622650162 162165159 161
GRE - Quantitative Average Score700696158162158156 163
GRE - Subject Average Score670720690*** *
Average Undergraduate GPA3.723.763.713.773.843.67 3.69

*Subject test no longer required.

Tuition and Fees: Students who receive assistantships or fellowships can expect to have their tuition waived. Tuition rates are as follows: $6,305.50 in-state; $12,371.50 out-of-state.  Health insurance and fees are also covered by the waiver.

Assistantships and fellowships: Teaching and research assistantships currently pay a stipend of $16,459 for the academic year.  Research assistantships often continue through the summer, with additional pay for the summer term. MSU fellowships currently pay a stipend of $27,000 for the full calendar year.