Dual Degree

Clinical Psychology (PsyD) and Master's of Business Administration (MBA)

Take the inside track to a career in organizational consulting and executive coaching.

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Program Overview

As a PsyD/MBA dual degree student, you'll complete a doctorate of psychology and a master of business administration at the same time.

This unique, multidisciplinary program trains clinical psychologists to apply psychological principles and knowledge of change processes in business and organizational settings. You'll learn to integrate clinical psychology expertise with a deep understanding of business and organizational systems through: 

  • One year field placements in consultation to business and non-profit executives
  • Professional development activities
  • Specialized courses in leadership, executive assessment and coaching, and change management

You'll graduate ready to work as a qualified organizational consultant and executive coach.

Our 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 School of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Clinical Psychology (PsyD) and Master's of Business Administration (MBA) 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).

You'll take a core sequence of courses that integrates the psychology and business school curricula. These courses build on the general clinical psychology and business school curricula to instill the core competencies needed for psychologists to be successful in organizational settings:

  • Consulting and organizational psychology
  • Leadership development
  • Executive assessment
  • Executive coaching
  • Organizational change management

You'll also gain hands-on, supervised experience through practicum placements, internship placements, or both with concentrations in executive coaching or organizational consulting. One of the primary placements for this program is Widener’s Organizational Development Services (ODS). At ODS, you'll provide leadership and personality assessments and leadership coaching services to Widener students, faculty and administrators, and organizational leaders in surrounding communities.

Your training will culminate in the production of a dissertation that integrates clinical psychology with organizational psychology and business.

Admissions Information

To begin your journey toward a PsyD/MBA 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.
  • 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 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.

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.

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PsyD students graduate in 5 years

Clinical Psychology (PsyD) and Master's of Business Administration (MBA) Program Highlights

With support from from faculty mentors and experience from high-impact training, you'll graduate having already begun your career.

Gain Experience by Doing

Here, you'll enhance your classroom experience through on-the-job training. During a one-year field placement—often completed with Widener's Organizational Development Services —you'll coach executives, conduct personality assessments, and drive clients toward greater leadership. Along the way, you'll draw on a faculty supervisor with decades of executive coaching experience. 

Fast Track Your Career

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

  • Complete training in clinical psychology
  • Acquire business skills and theories
  • Hone your leadership abilities
  • Learn to integrate two distinct disciplines

You'll graduate ready to work as an organizational consultant or executive coach from day one. 

Engage with Faculty Mentors

You'll learn from leading practitioners and business insiders who understand what it takes to succeed in the field. Every step of the way, they'll drive you toward your own success. You'll feel their support as you learn, train, and prepare for life as a coach or consultant. 


Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

When you pair your PsyD with an MBA, you'll go further than you ever imagined.

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Organizational consultant
  • Organizational psychologist
  • Executive coach

Recent Employers

  • Vanguard
  • Integrated Leadership Consultants
  • RSM Consulting
  • Kaisen Consulting
  • Disney

Student Stories

Davida Vogel poses in front of a research poster

"My clinical experiences made all of the difference for my first year. I felt confident and competent in my ability to succeed. – Davida Vogel ‘22 "

Davida Vogel

Class of 2022

Take the Next Steps


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.