The PhD in Clinical Psychology program takes an average of seven (7) years to complete. The PhD programs in Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology and Social-Personality Psychology take approximately five (5) years.
Only the Clinical Psychology PhD Program is currently APA accredited. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to:
The Commission on Accreditation
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Although the Clinical Psychology PhD Program is APA accredited and includes training in clinical practice, the program has a far stronger research emphasis. The program is designed to develop the skills necessary for becoming a clinical researcher and to prepare students for careers in academic settings, such as psychology and psychiatry departments.
Applicants who do not have a strong interest in research may want to consider the counseling-based doctoral and master’s level psychology programs offered at UB within the Graduate School of Education, along with the graduate programs offered by UB’s School of Social Work. Our Cognitive Psychology PhD, Social-Personality PhD, Behavioral Neuroscience PhD and General Psychology MA programs do not offer clinical training, nor provide the credentials necessary for graduates to be eligible to be a licensed therapist or counselor.