Dual Degree

PsyD/MBA in Health Care Management

Elevate your career with specialized training in clinical psychology and health care business administration. 

Health Care Management PsyD MBA Woman

Program Overview

Take the inside track to health care leadership by earning two nationally recognized degrees at once. 

Your training will begin in our PsyD program, where you'll develop expertise across a range of clinical applications, from applied psychology to program evaluation. You'll strengthen your in-class learning with a practicum, field placement, and other clinical experiences.

Along the way, you'll study the business side of health care through our MBA in Health Care Management program. A residency will provide on-the-job training, and leadership development experiences will prepare you for a management role. Here, you'll go further than you ever imagined.

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Our doctor of psychology and its embedded internship are accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Our MBA in Health Care Management is dually accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Program Options

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In this dual degree program, you'll spend five years of full-time residence at the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology to earn your doctorate in clinical psychology. Starting in the summer of the first year of the PsyD program, you'll take additional evening and summer courses to earn your master of business administration (MBA) in health care management. Along the way, you'll gain on-the-job training in both clinical psychology and health care administration. 

Clinical experience schedule:

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

In addition to the clinical experiences offered in the PsyD program, you'll complete a health care residency specific to the MBA in Health Care Management curriculum. Your residency will place you in a leadership role with a health care organization, where you'll attend executive meetings, address organizational challenges, and complete management projects. You'll earn at least 360 hours of professional experience through the residency alone.   

Throughout the PsyD/MBA in Health Care Management curriculum, you'll complete courses that integrate the study of health care management with the study of clinical psychology. Here is a selection of past business courses that may contribute to the MBA portion of your dual degree:

Year 1:

  • Business Foundation
  • Managing Community Health

Year 2:

  • Developing Leadership Potential
  • Managerial Economics (Health Section)
  • Accounting & Decision Making

Year 3:

  • Health Policy
  • Leading Organizations & People
  • Marketing

Year 4:

  • Information Systems & Data Analytics
  • Managing Business Processes (Health Section)

Year 5:

  • Strategic Financial Management (Health Section)
  • Managing for Results 

Admissions Information

To begin your journey toward a PsyD/MBA in Health Care Management dual degree, you will apply to the PsyD program first. If you maintain good standing in the PsyD program, you may apply to the MBA program during the second semester of your first year.

PsyD admission 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.
  • All applicants are required to take the GRE or submit scores from within the last five years. Only the general GRE is required, but the psychology subject test is suggested as well. Applicants should receive a combined score of the 50th percentile or above on the exam. The submission code for the GRE is 7826.
  • 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.

Dual degree and MBA in Health Care Management admission requirements:

We accept applications for the psychology and business dual degree program during the spring semester of the first year of the PsyD program. The application process includes:

  • A review of the applicant's standing in the clinical psychology program.
  • A short essay articulating a sound rationale for pursuing the dual degree.
  • A consultation with the business school dual degree advisor.
  • An in-person interview with the director of the dual degree program.

After applicants are accepted into the psychology in business program, they gain formal admission to the School of Business Administration by signing a release form to have their application materials copied and forwarded from the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology to the School of Business Administration.

We make every effort possible to accept all qualified individuals into the program. PsyD students rarely have difficulty being admitted to the School of Business Administration. Nevertheless, graduate student status in the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology does not guarantee admission into the psychology in business program. Throughout students' tenure in the program, they must maintain good standing in the clinical psychology program in order to take business courses.

Deadline: 
The online application for the PsyD program opens September 13, 2019. An online application, including all supporting credentials, must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, December 7, 2019 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 
  • GRE scores (use code 7826)
  • 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.

Admissions Interview Days:

  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020 (make-up day: January 22, 2020)
  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020 (make-up day: February 5, 2020)
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020 (make-up day: February 19, 2020)
  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020 (make-up day: February 28, 2020)

Various types of financial support are available to graduate students, like you, through university-based scholarship and graduate assistantship programs and the generosity of our university donors.

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Scholarships:

  • Admissions & merit based scholarships are available.

Graduate Assistantships:

  • You can participate in research projects or assist faculty in executing teaching assignments for a semester as part of a graduate assistantship.

Program Highlights

At Widener, you'll explore the intersection of clinical psychology, health care management, and organizational leadership. Your experience will transform your career.

Fast Track Your Training

You'll hit the ground running with high-impact, real-world experiences. As you study both clinical psychology and health care management, you'll earn thousands of hours of professional training, thanks to a health administration residency, clinical psychology practicum, and other hands-on experiences. You'll graduate having already begun your health care career. 

Accelerate Your Career

In the time it takes to complete a PsyD alone, you will:

  • Complete training in clinical psychology
  • Acquire business skills and theories specific to the health care industry
  • Hone your leadership abilities

You'll graduate ready to work as a health care administrator from day one.  

Faculty

Yamuna Baburaj
Assistant Professor

"I want to inspire students to see the world from a global perspective. Business students, in particular, need to be aware of the opportunities that open up when they learn a new language or immerse themselves in a culture that is different from their own."

Sanjay R. Nath
Professor

“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.”

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

A powerful health career career awaits, made possible by your specialized training in clinical psychology and health care management.

  • Veteran's Health Administration
  • Nemours Children's Health System
  • Penn Medicine
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Aetna
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Health care consultant
  • Rehab clinic director
  • Hospital administrator
  • Clinical manager  

Industry Growth

Employment of medical and health service managers is expected to grow by 20% between 2016 and 2026. That's 13% percent higher than the national average for other occupations.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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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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