Become an Expert in Mental Health Studies with a Behavioral Sciences Doctorate
Earning a doctorate from Liberty University means gaining a world-class education rooted in a Christian worldview. We want to Train Champions for Christ by equipping behavioral sciences professionals with the skills, knowledge, and practical experience they need to help patients heal and grow.
If you want to study advanced research in human behavior so you can help people struggling with mental health issues, earning your doctorate from Liberty’s School of Behavioral Sciences can be the best path forward.
Available Degree Program
Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology
Study the span of human experience through Liberty’s Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology. Through this program, you can gain a license in clinical psychology and develop research that can help improve people’s lives all over the world.
Why Choose Liberty’s Doctoral Degree in Behavioral Sciences?
Planning for your career by choosing the right graduate program can be confusing and stressful. Let us help. At Liberty, we offer doctoral programs that meet high academic standards for accreditation and prepare you to be a world-class scholar. With our doctoral program from the School of Behavioral Sciences, you can gain your clinical psychology license and gain the skills and knowledge you need to help people heal and grow. It’s time to take your career to the next level. Why wait?
We want to make it easier for you to land your dream job. Our degrees are created around real-world applications and taught by professors with years of field experience. You can trust that you are getting a degree that will equip you to excel in clinical, nonclinical, and academic careers.
Earning your degree with Liberty comes with many benefits:
- Learning how to conduct research and generate reports appropriate for the behavioral science field.
- Caring faculty who pray for and with students throughout their academic journey.
- Programs designed for professionals from all walks of life, not just to help you with career advancement but to help you impact the world and the well-being of others in the spirit of Christian service.
- Earning your master’s degree and so you can gain licensure for your clinical practice, all while pursuing your doctorate.
- Hands-on experience through practicums and internships in a clinical setting.
School of Behavioral Sciences Doctoral Degree Information
- 126 total hours
- Transfer in a total of 39 credit hours from an APA-accredited program.
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Admission Requirements for School of Behavioral Sciences Doctoral Degrees
Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents and meet the minimum requirements for admission:
- Admission application
- Self-certification form (for students who are in the final term of their bachelor’s degree)
- Current Liberty undergraduate students seeking preliminary acceptance into a graduate program must complete a degree completion application through their ASIST account.
- A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited institution with at least 18 credit hours in Psychology*
- GRE – Minimum score of 300
- 3 letters of recommendation from academic sources that speak to the student’s character, work ethic, teachability, leadership potential, quality of academic work, and ability to do doctoral level work
- Personal Essay – 500-700 words in APA format answering the following questions:
- Describe your understanding of the professional identity of a clinical psychologist and then identify any specialty areas you may be interested in pursuing as a clinical psychologist (Neuropsychology, Pediatric, Gerontology, Forensic, Health/Behavioral Medicine, Sports Psychology, or Other).
- Please tell us why you are pursuing a Psy.D. through Liberty University. Specifically focus on any relevant life experiences that may have informed and shaped your decision, your career goals, and how you plan on navigating your current responsibilities with the demands of the program.
- Department Approval – This includes a Faculty Interview with finalists in the application process.
*These hours must include at least one course in each of the following areas: General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology, Quantitative Methods, Statistics, Research Methods or Experimental Design, Personality Psychology or Theories or Psychotherapy, Physiological Psychology; One course from the traditional “Scientific Sub-disciplines” (i.e. Learning Cognition, Social or Developmental Psychology or Sensation/Perception)