Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology

Time to Completion for all students entering the program

Outcome
Year in which Degrees were Conferred
2007-
2008
2008-
2009
2009-
2010
2010-
2011
2011-
2012
2012-
2013
2013-
2014
Total
Total number of students with doctoral degree conferred on transcript 8 6 4 8 9 5 6 46
Mean number of years to complete the program 7.83 7.82 7.58 7.33 7.8 7.3 7.5 7.6
Median number of years to complete the program 7.3 7.65 7.5 7.2 7 7.1 7.1 7.1
Time to Degree Ranges
N%
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
Students in less than 5 years 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students in 5 years 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 20 0 0 1 2
Students in 6 years 1 13 0 0 0 0 2 25 3 33 0 0 1 17 7 15
Students in 7 years 3 38 2 33 2 50 3 38 3 33 3 60 3 50 19 41
Students in more than 7 years 4 50 4 67 2 50 3 38 3 33 1 20 2 33 19 41

Students who already have a masters degree in psychology may apply to the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. If admitted, students are expected to take all clinical coursework at NIU, but statistics or foundation courses may transfer after review of syllabi. Students who have completed a master’s thesis based on an empirical research project will not need to complete another master’s thesis. Thus, students who enter with a MA/MS in psychology with an empirical thesis typically take one year less to complete their PhD, with an aspirational goal of five years to completion.

Program Costs 

Description
2014-2015 1st-year Cohort Cost
Tuition for full-time students (in-state) $8,380.32  (Summer excluded)
Tuition for full-time students (out-of-state) $16,760.64 (Summer excluded)
Tuition per credit hour for part-time students (if applicable) N/A
University/institution fees or costs  $2,715.92 (Summer excluded)
Additional estimated fees or costs to students (e.g. books, travel, etc.) $1,500.00

Notes: In the last 15 years, all entering students have received a full-time (20-hours per week) graduate assistantship which provides a tuition waiver for fall, spring, and summer sessions. Currently, the assistantship stipend is $12,348.54 for the 9-month academic year. Summer assistantships are sometimes available. Additional estimated costs include $744 for student medical insurance (which can be waived) and an estimated $756 for books. See www.niu.edu/bursar/tuition/graduate.shtml for more specific information.

Internship Placement - Table 1

Outcome 
Year Applied for Internship
2007-   2008
2008-   2009
2009-   2010
2010-   2011
2011-   2012
2012-   2013
2013-   2014
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
Students who obtained APA/CPA-accredited internships 6 86 8 67 7 100 6 100 3 50 7 100 4 100
Students who obtained APPIC member internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained other membership organization internships (e.g. CAPIC) that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained  internships conforming to CDSPP guidelines that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained other internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 1 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained any internship 7 100 8 68 7 100 6 100 3 50 7 100 4 100
Students who sought or applied for internships including those who withdrew from the application process 7 - 12 - 7 - 6 - 6 - 7 - 4 -

Internship Placement - Table 2

 
Outcome
Year Applied for Internship
2007-   2008
2008-   2009
2009-   2010
2010-   2011
2011-   2012
2012-   2013
2013-   2014
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
Students who sought or applied for internships including those who withdrew from the application process 7 - 12 - 7 - 6 - 6 - 7 - 4 -
Students who obtained paid internships 6 86 8 67 7 100 6 100 3 50 6 86 4 100
Students who obtained half-time internships* (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

* Cell should only include students who applied for internship and are included in applied cell count from “Internship Placement – Table 1"

Attrition

Variable
Year of First Enrollment
2007-      2008
2008-      2009
2009-      2010
2010-      2011
2011-      2012
2012-      2013
2013-      2014
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
Students for whom this is the year of first enrollment (i.e. new students) 7 - 8 - 9 - 8 - 8 - 7 - 7 -
Students whose doctoral degrees were conferred on their transcripts 4 57 2 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students still enrolled in program 0 0 2 25 7 78 8 100 8 100 6 86 7 100
Students no longer enrolled for any reason other than conferral of doctoral degree 3 43 4 50 2 22 0 0 0 0 1 14 0 0

Licensure

Outcome
2004-2005 to
2011-2012
Total number of students with doctoral degrees conferred on transcript in time period 51
Number of students with doctoral degrees conferred on transcripts who became licensed doctoral psychologists in time period 42
Licensure percentage 82%

Student Characteristics

Students currently in the clinical curricular area of study are distributed as follows:

  • Male: 18%
  • Female: 82%   
  • The average age of students when entering the program: 25
  • Age range of students upon entering the program: 21 - 44
  • Minority: 18%
Applicant data for academic year beginning in August of: 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Number of applicants: 145 166 151 219 235 221 233
Accepted for admission: 17 15 16 13 14 15 16
Actual size/incoming class: 8 9 8 8 7 7 5
Number receiving financial aid: 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Of those entering in: 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Mean Verbal GRE (Median): 556 (565) 526 (520) 544 (530) 570 (560) 160 (160) 158
(157)
162
(161)
Mean Quantitative GRE (Median): 650 (640) 654 (670) 675 (660) 669 (680) 156 (156) 154
(155)
156
(156)
Mean Undergraduate GPA: 3.73 3.78 3.62 3.83 3.74 3.71 3.44

Sites for the Last Seven Internship Cohorts

Year

Site Name

2008-2009
  • Child and Adolescent Service Center, Canton, OH
  • Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital/Northwestern U. Medical School, Chicago, IL
  • St. Louis VA Medical Center, St. Louis, MO
  • University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute, Salt Lake City, UT
2009-2010
  • Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI
  • Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, Little Rock, AR
  • Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
  • University of Massachusetts-Worcester, Worcester, MA
  • University of Michigan/Human Adjustment, Ann Arbor, MI
  • VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA
2010-2011
  • Florida State University: Louise R. Goldhagen Regional Multidisciplinary Evaluation and Consulting Center, Tallahassee, FL
  • Missouri Health Sciences Psychology Consortium, Columbia, MO
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital, Department of Psychology, Columbus, OH
  • Pacific Clinics, Pacific Clinics Institute: Psychology Internship Program, Pasadena, CA
  • VA Maryland Health Care System/University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • VA Medical Center, Mental Health Service, Lexington, KY
  • VA Medical Center, Minneapolis, Psychology Service (116B), Minneapolis, MN
2011-2012
  • VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA 
  • VA Medical Center, Salem, Salem, VA
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute for Juvenile Research (M/C 747), Chicago, IL 
  • University of Florida Health Science Center, Gainesville, FL
  • VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Mental Health Service, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Cincinnati VA Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH 
2012-2013
  • Institute for Human Adjustment, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Grand Rapids, MI
  • University of Mississippi Medical School/VA Jackson, Jackson, MS
2013-2014
  • Central Arkansas VA, Little Rock, AR
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
  • James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (VA), North Chicago, IL
  • Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (Waco campus), TX
  • Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare System, Tuskegee, AL
  • University of Alabama School of Medicine at Birmingham
  • Jewish Child and Family Services, Northbrook, IL
2014-2015
  • VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA
  • University of Minnesota Medical School (Pediatric/Neuropsychology Track), Minneapolis, MN
  • University of California, San Francisco, CA
  • Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

*Data updated as of 09/08/14