You'll begin in our nationally recognized PsyD program, where you’ll develop expertise across a range of clinical applications, from applied psychology to consultation and evaluation. Through a practicum placement, internship rotations, and a research dissertation, you'll prepare for work as a leading practitioner and scholar.
Along the way, you'll integrate the study of criminal justice by learning how to work within the criminal system. All criminal justice courses are conveniently offered online so you can graduate ready for work in a variety of psycho-legal settings.
Applicants must hold a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree from an accredited institution. A major in psychology is desirable, but not required.
Transcripts are required from all attended institutions. A minimum GPA of a 3.0 is required; competitive applicants have a 3.5 GPA or higher.
All entering students must have completed a course in statistics, abnormal psychology or psychopathology, and research design or experimental psychology by the time they matriculate in the fall.
Personal character and attributes of emotional maturity and stability, as well as a capacity for relating to and working with other people, are also major factors in reviewing the credentials of applicants. Evidence for these attributes is sought from records of past performance, letters of reference, autobiographical statement, and work history.
The online application for the PsyD program opens September 15, 2021. An online application, including all supporting credentials, must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, December 10, 2021 to be considered for acceptance into the program. All final admission decisions are made by April 1.
All supplemental materials must be submitted through the online PSYCAS (Psychology Centralized Application Service) system:
If you are selected as a top candidate for the PsyD program, you will receive an invite to one of four Admissions Interview Days, which will include an individual interview, tour, and information sessions. At this time, our plan is to hold interviews in person on campus. We will be monitoring CDC and state recommendations regarding COVID-19 accommodations and may switch to an online format.
Admissions Interview Days:
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 (make-up day: January 19, 2022)
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 (make-up day: February 2, 2022)
Wednesday, February 9, 2022 (make-up day: February 16, 2022)
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 (make-up day: February 25, 2022)
Various types of financial support are available to graduate students, like you, through university-based scholarships and the generosity of our university donors. Admissions & merit-based scholarships are available.
With joint training in clinical psychology and criminal justice, you'll go further than you ever imagined.
Fast Track Your Career
Here, you'll master two disciplines in the time it takes to complete a PsyD alone. When you hit the job market, you'll carry foundational theories and specialized training in both disciplines. That means you'll graduate ready to influence the criminal justice system with your clinical psychology expertise.
Tailor Your Education
As you integrate your criminal justice knowledge into your education, you'll experience an online curriculum that adapts to your goals. You'll choose from a wide range of criminal justice electives. And you'll select an internship and field placement in your area of specialty, from corrections to forensics.
Engage with Faculty Mentors
Whether you're studying psychopathology or criminal justice ethics, you'll partner with faculty who cherish the opportunity to fuel your success. As you tune into their stories and insights, you'll prepare to blaze a trail in the field, just as they did.
From day one, you'll forge relationships with faculty who serve as leading practitioners, researchers, and scholars.
“I identify as a psychodynamic therapist, with an active private practice, who utilizes these experiences to infuse my teaching and research interests with relevance for the practitioner of tomorrow. I have a keen interest in how to best train students to work with diversity across multiple dimensions (age, disability status, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc.), particularly as it impacts both the treatment alliance and treatment process.”
"Our criminal justice programs provide students with one-on-one individualized attention to nurture the student's growth academically and professionally. I enjoy the small class sizes and teach by facilitating discussions and welcoming diverse worldviews. This pedagogy fosters student participation, listening, and critical thinking skills."
"I enjoy mentoring students inside and outside the classroom. It is a pleasure to watch individuals grow from being criminal justice students to criminal justice professionals, influencing and bettering the system. Seeing their success as alumni is so rewarding for me! In addition, our flexible curriculum allows students to direct their academic career in a way that makes the most sense for their career goals."
To visit Widener is, more often than not, to fall in love with the place. To fit your timeline and schedule, we offer a variety of ways to get to know us including open houses and information sessions on campus.
At Widener, opportunities for financial aid extend to graduate students. Discover how scholarships, assistantships, fellowships, and other sources of aid can make obtaining your degree possible.
Next steps to apply
We’re glad you made the decision to apply. All applications and supplemental materials are submitted through the PSYCAS system, the centralized application service for graduate psychology programs. There is a $25 application fee to apply to Widener, in addition to the PSYCAS fee. This application will open September 2019.