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Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (PhD)

Offered at our San Juan campus, our Clinical Psychology Doctoral program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and trains students in clinical and research areas focused on health psychology, trauma, violence, development, assessment, and neuropsychology.

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Program Details


96 credits

Academic Level

Doctoral degree


6.5 years

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SJU - Dr. Marcos Reyes

Program Director:

Marcos Reyes-Estrada, PhD

787-725-6500, ext. 1564
Albizu University
151 Calle Tanca San Juan, PR 00901

Program Highlights

  • Graduates of our Clinical Psychology Doctoral qualify to apply for licenses in clinical psychology in Puerto Rico and the United States.
  • Students who participate in this program have more than 100 clinical scenarios in which to practice, regardless of whether their focus is on children, adolescents, adults, communities, medical settings, general hospitals, primary care clinics, or psychiatric hospitals.
  • Our diverse faculty has expertise in areas such as health psychology, trauma, violence, development, assessment, and neuropsychology.

In Focus

  • Our Clinical Psychology Doctoral program is offered on the San Juan campus.
  • This doctorate is APA accredited, which allows students the opportunity to complete an APA internship.
  • This program follows a mentoring model where students are assigned to a researcher-mentor based on similar research interests at the time of admission to the program. These mentors guide their students in the development of the necessary research competencies to complete their second-year research work and dissertation.

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  1. Evidence of having completed a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited university. A minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale is required. The cumulative average does not refer to the concentration or graduation GPA. The applicant must have obtained the minimum GPA required during the semester immediately prior to the closing of admissions at Albizu University (AU). However, if candidates who have entered the “ranking order” complete their bachelor’s degree with a lower GPA than the required one, the admission to the program will be revoked.
  2. Albizu University reserves the right of admission to candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements and will consider the following exceptional admissions criteria: a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, but with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA in specialization or concentration courses, as well as evidence of research or related experiences to the rigor of professional-clinical training (writings, certifications, etc.). A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for a master’s degree can also be considered. Admitted applicants will have a semester to meet the satisfactory academic progress applicable to their academic level in order to remain active students of the program for the rest of the course of study.
  3. Access the following link for more information.
  4. Official transcripts of the institutions where you have previously studied. These should be sent to:
    PO BOX 9023711
    SAN JUAN, PR 00902-3711
  1. Two (2) letters of recommendation from professors, employers, or community leaders (in accordance with the AU format).
  2. Negative  criminal record certificate, which can be requested online.
  3. Original health certificate.
  4. Proof of hepatitis-B vaccination.
  5. Certificate of Vaccination of the Department of Health (PVAC-3, green form) with original signature of the issuing physician. Applies only to applicants who are 21 years of age or younger at the time of admission. Act No. 25 of 1983 (on immunization) requires that all students 21 years of age or younger, who wish to enter any educational institution in the country, provide an original copy of their PVAC-3 to show that they comply with the minimum immunization requirements. For more information, visit:
  6. International students must present the evaluation of their academic credentials certified by a duly authorized agency.

Note: Albizu University reserves the right to modify this policy at any moment.

This program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). This accreditation provides prestige and employment opportunities, it is a requirement to obtain an APA-accredited internship, and it offers students the opportunity to become licensed clinical psychologists.

Questions related to the accreditation status of the program should be directed to the APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA).

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail:

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