Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology


Established in 1978, The Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology consists of three institutions of higher learning which combine resources to offer the doctor of philosophy degree in clinical psychology. The three schools are Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), Norfolk State University (NSU), and Old Dominion University (ODU).

Potential applicants should be aware that the program has recently transitioned to one granting the Ph.D. and will no longer offer the Psy.D.


Educational Format

Six students are accepted each year to this five-year program. Students take four years of graduate courses within this program on the campuses of all three schools from faculty in each of the institutions. They also complete ten clinical training practica in public and private mental health settings throughout the Hampton Roads area.  Among graduation requirements are:

  1. Completion of a second year research project (alternatively, students can earn the ODU M.S. in Psychology or can submit a previously-earned masters thesis for approval)
  2. Completion of an empirical dissertation
  3. Completion of a one-year APA-accredited internship in clinical psychology. Students compete nationally for these internship placements.

This program enjoys national recognition and has been accredited by the American Psychological Association to grant the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. It has received strong, positive reviews from site visitors and is widely recognized as a rare consortial training model in which there is an unusually high ratio of faculty to students. Faculty across the three schools are diverse with respect to ethnicity, gender, and theoretical orientations. They represent a wide range of specialty skills. Several faculty enjoy national and international reputations of excellence.

Applications typically outnumber available positions by a ratio of 20-30:1. Minority student representation has averaged about 20 percent over the past several years. All students have been partially financially supported by the program to date but future support cannot be guaranteed.

Application Information

Prospective applicants to The Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology may obtain further information and application materials from