List of Combined Master’s and PsyD Programs
Earning a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree is an important educational step in becoming licensed to practice psychology. But for many people, just getting their Psy.D. won’t provide them with the specific training they want to practice in certain niche areas. And some PsyD programs include an M.A. or M.S. within the Psy.D. program by design, which many other students may prefer for academic reasons.
The good news for both groups is that there are several options for programs that combine master’s and other advanced degrees with Psy.D. training. Let’s take a look at these programs and important information students should know about each one.
Widener University — MBA/PsyD, MEd/PsyD, MCJ/PsyD
Widener University has by far the most extensive options for students who want to pair Psy.D. education with training in another area. Not only does the school offer several degree pairings, but it also includes multiple focus areas that allow students to tailor their education specific to their career goals.
Here’s a look at what’s offered at Widener:
- MBA/Psy.D.: Two possible tracks are offered that pair a Master of Business Administration with a Psy.D. One is a general MBA/Psy.D. path, while the other combines a Psy.D. and an MBA in healthcare management
- MEd/Psy.D.: The combination Psy.D.-Master of Education has a programmatic focus on human sexuality education, preparing the graduate for a career as an educator, therapist or sexual health professional.
- MCJ/Psy.D.: Pairing a Master of Criminal Justice degree with a Psy.D. can help prepare graduates for psychology jobs within legal settings.
University of St. Thomas, MA/PsyD
The Psy.D. track at the University of St. Thomas includes an option for students who want to first complete a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology before earning direct admission to the school’s counseling psychology Psy.D.
Prospective students to the St. Thomas Psy.D. must have a master’s degree in counseling psychology before applying.
Loyola University (Maryland), MS/PsyD
Loyola University (Maryland) includes a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology that students earn midway through their second academic year in the Psy.D. program. Students who already have master’s degrees may be able to shorten their Psy.D. track at Loyola, but not all courses will transfer, so applicants need to do their due diligence.
John F. Kennedy University, MA/PsyD
Pleasant Hill, California
A unique dual degree focus on sports psychology is one of the primary offerings at John F. Kennedy University. The school’s Master of Arts in Sport Psychology leads into a clinical Psy.D., allowing graduates to work in clinical settings with athletes. The degree is also offered in a hybrid format, further distinguishing it from the pack.
Appalachian State University, MA/PsyD
Boone, North Carolina
Appalachian State gives students a chance to earn a Master of Arts in Psychology en route to their Psy.D., and applicants who already have a master’s degree may be able to shorten the time it takes to earn their Psy.D. degree.
Joint PhD Programs
Another option for those who want to seek professional licensure in psychology is to pursue a Ph.D., or Doctor of Philosophy. This is a more traditional, academic-oriented degree, but for students hoping to complete a dual degree program, pairing another type of education with a Ph.D. may be more common since Ph.D. programs overall are more common than Psy.D. tracks.
Here’s a look at a few of the options out there for dual Ph.D. in psychology programs:
- Drexel University: JD/PhD in Law & Psychology
- University of Arizona: JD/PhD in Psychology
- University of Nebraska: JD/PhD, Law-Psychology
- University of Pennsylvania: JD/PhD in Psychology
- University of Chicago: Joint PhD in Psychology and Business
- NOVA Southeastern University: MBA/PhD in Psychology
Earning a doctoral degree in psychology, whether a Psy.D. or Ph.D., is a huge commitment of time and energy. So if there’s a specific area in which you want to practice, it may pay to invest just a bit more time and energy (and probably money) into making sure that the degree you earn will give you the tools you need to succeed in a niche career. Dual-degree programs can be an important resource that goes way beyond just choosing a few electives.