Indiana: How to Earn a Psychology Doctorate Degree

Below is a guide for those looking for universities that offer PsyD degrees in the state of Indiana. It will serve as a guide to provide you with the information that you will need to obtain a degree as well as seek a license to practice in the state.

Quick Facts:

  • The state of Indiana has 46 colleges and universities that are not-for-profit in the state that offer psychology programs.
  • The University of Notre Dame has the highest graduation rate of any other school in the state at 95%.
  • The university in the state of Indiana that boasts the lowest tuition is Purdue University with an average tuition of $6,942.
  • Both Earlham College and Hanover College were ranked on Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Psychology Majors in 2018.
  • Indiana State University was the first school to offer a P.h.D program in School Psychology which started back in 1965.

Top PsyD Degree Programs in Indiana

Below is a list of colleges and universities in the state of Indiana that offers PsyD and P.h.D Psychology degree programs.

#1. Indiana State University (Terre Haute)

The Psychology Program at Indiana State University offers degree programs for P.h.Ds in School Psychology and PsyDs in Clinical Psychology. The campus is in an urban setting and is just over an hour drive from Indianapolis. The PsyD degree Clinical Psychology Program provides training in a variety of diverse issues using a practitioner-scientist model which puts an emphasis on research skills and helps the students through the process of successful dissertation completion. The program also integrates clinical skills and takes an average of five years to complete when attending full-time. While four years will involve coursework, the fifth year will be decided to practical study in a clinal setting through a full-time internship.

#2. University of Indianapolis (Indianapolis)

The University of Indianapolis PsyD Clinical Psychology Program is accredited by both the American Psychological Association and the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The program provides coursework and clinical experience to prepare students for one of three areas of concentration; psychology and behavioral medicine, childhood and adolescent psychology, and adult psychopathology and psychotherapy. This includes providing practitioner skills in assessment, research, and intervention and combining that with a foundation of core knowledge.

There are two options for students wishing to complete this program. Students without any prior graduate education will need to complete 120 hours which includes a four-year program of coursework and one year in the field in an internship. If a student has prior graduate education they can complete the course with 111 hours with three years being course work, and one-year professional clinical experience.

#3. Ball State University (Muncie)

Ball State University’s P.h.D. in  Psychology Program is designed to prepare future practitioners with a blend of academics, hands-on training, research skills, integration of theory, and clinical intervention strategies to prepare students for careers in the academic counseling setting. The curriculum focuses on the educational well-being of children, families, and adults in a school setting and flows a scientist-practitioner model. The program is ranked as one of the top ten in the nation and produces graduates that go on to achieve their licensing goals.

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The program can range from five to eight years after completion of baccalaureate studies and requires a minimum of 135 credit hours to complete. The program also requires a dissertation and a full year of internship.

How to Become a Practicing Clinical Psychologist in Indiana

Earning a license to practice psychology in the state of Indiana starts with education. First, you must obtain a bachelor’s degree. While a major in psychology is not necessary, it can be helpful. The bachelor program will likely take 120 credit hours or four years to complete with full-time attendance.

Next, you can choose to get a standalone master’s degree. If you don’t go this route, you can choose a doctoral program that includes earning a Master’s. When completed as a stand-alone program, it is likely to take one to two years to complete.

The final portion of your education will be earning a Doctor of Psychology or Doctor of Philosophy degree. When attending full-time, these programs are likely to take four to seven years to complete, depending on whether or not you had your master’s degree before enrollment. All programs will require at least one full year of internship as part of the degree program.

After the completion of your education requirements, there will be a few more steps to complete before you are licensed to practice.

  1. Sending in an Application for Licensure to Practice Psychology in Indiana by Examination to the board is the first step towards receiving your license. In addition to the application, you will need to send along a $100 application fee and your official transcripts. There are other materials that might be required to successfully complete your application.
  2. The next step in the licensing process is completing a background check. You can visit Indiana’s Criminal Background Check Instructions for more details on the process. You will be notified by the Board once they are ready for you to complete this process.
  3. You will be required to pass the Indiana Psychology licensing exams which include a written test of legal and ethical standards related to psychology practice in Indiana. This test is Indiana’s jurisprudence exam. After successful completion of this exam, you will be required to complete the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology with a score of 500 or better, The test consists of multiple choice questions and costs $687.50 to take. If you complete this step, you will be able to practice independently as a psychologist as long as it is in a non-clinical role such as research or teaching.
  4. To practice in a clinical setting, you will next have to complete at least two years of training under a supervised professional. You will complete the first 1,500 hours of this process through the internship process of your doctorate. The second year of experience with consist of 1,600 hours that can be work during or after your doctorate program. To receive credit you must have at least 50% of your time engaging in activities related to service or providing clinical services to a patient.
  5. After completion of your clinical experience, you will qualify to apply for your HSPP endorsement. To complete this step, you will need to complete and submit the Application for Endorsement as a Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP). You will need to pay a $100 fee to have this application processed.

Indiana Clinical Psychologist Salary and Job Outlook

The average salary for a Clinical Psychologist in the state of Indiana is $64,770. With a median salary of $77,000 nationwide, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, you can see that the average salary in Indiana is slightly below average. Starting salaries tend to be around $35,400 and go up to around $98,760. The state of Indiana is in constant need of mental health professionals making the position a stable one for the future.

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Ann Steele, Ph.D.

Ann Steele, Ph.D.

Editor-In-Chief

Ann Steele, Ph.D., is Editor-In-Chief of PsydPrograms.org. Ann has training as a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who has worked with adults, couples, adolescents, and preteens throughout San Diego county.