Dual Degree


Take the inside track to a clinical psychology degree that delivers specialized training in criminal justice.  

Program Overview

As a PsyD/MCJ student, you'll earn both a doctorate of psychology and a master's in criminal justice.

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.

The doctoral degree in clinical psychology program and exclusively-affiliated internship are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, 202-336-5979).

Our master of criminal justice is accredited under Widener's accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

Program Options

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At Widener, a unique clinical and internship experience is embedded in the PsyD curriculum:

  • Years 1-3: Practicum Training
  • Years 4 & 5: Internship Training Program

Explore internship admissions, support, and initial placement data.

Admissions Information

To begin the journey toward a PsyD/MCJ dual degree, students apply to the PsyD program first. During the second semester (first year) of the PsyD program, students in good standing may apply to the master's in criminal justice program.

PsyD admissions requirements:

  • Complete online application and pay application fee through PsyCAS.
  • Please also pay the supplemental Widener application fee
  • 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. 

Supplemental Materials:
All supplemental materials must be submitted through the online PSYCAS (Psychology Centralized Application Service) system:

  • Essays
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts 
  • Optional scholarship essays

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.

Program Highlights

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. 

PsyD MCJ Dual Degree University Center Student

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. 

PsyS MCJ Dual Degree Faculty Classroom

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.

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Assistant Professor

The clinical training and supervision that you're most likely to receive here could be invaluable to your development as a clinician. The partnerships that you could make in the tri-state area and beyond would be lifelong, diverse, and in line with your future areas of focus or expertise.

Nancy Blank
Chair, Criminal Justice

"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."

Shana L. Maier
Director of MCJ Program

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. I am also excited about our accelerated 4+1 program that allows strong students to complete an undergraduate and graduate degree in five years.

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

When you graduate with your PsyD/MCJ, you'll walk away with specialized training, powerful knowledge, and a lasting network. Your career awaits.

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Forensic psychologist
  • Police psychologist
  • Correctional psychologist 

Potential Employment Sites

  • Forensic units in psychiatric hospitals
  • Correctional facilities

Recent Employers

  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Delaware Department of Corrections
  • Southwoods Prison

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Visit Us

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.

View Tuition and Fees

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Financial Aid

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.

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