Performance and Outcome Data

Clinical Program Student Data

We provide these data in an effort to help applicants make informed decisions about graduate training programs and to comply with recommendations of the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation, the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) accreditation principles, and the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP). CUDCP provides a list of full disclosure websites of member programs. APA also provides a list of accredited doctoral programs. PCSAS accredited programs can be found here.

Successful outcomes in our program are exemplified by the achievements of our current students and by the graduates of the program. We continuously monitor our program’s success in preparing students to do publishable research and to take research related positions or other positions toward the goal of disseminating clinical science.

At the time of our recent PCSAS accreditation review, 69% of our graduates over the past 10 years met the criteria of producing and/or disseminating clinical science. Of all graduates, 28% have tenure-track positions at universities and colleges; graduates also produce and disseminate clinical science through research post-doctoral positions and other nonacademic research positions, through teaching and supervision, and through positions of leadership in which clinical science training informs decision-making and public policy. On average, our graduates publish 1.3 articles per year post-Ph.D.; 37.5 have been PI or Co-I on major grants; and the vast majority conducts research and does work with underserved populations. The progress and productivity of our current students is another key indicator of the quality of our program. By the time students leave for internship, virtually all students have published, with the average number of publications exceeding 4. Data from students show an upward progression in mean number of publications with each year (.6 in the first year, 1.6 in second year, 1.8 in 3rd year, 2.2 in 4th year, 4.5 in fifth year and beyond). A number of our current students also hold prestigious pre-doctoral awards, including NIH NRSA Fellowships, NSF Predoctoral Fellowships, and the APA Minority Fellowship.

The clinical psychology program at USC has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1948. Our next site review will occur in 2017.

Please note: For further information about the accreditation status of this or any other psychology doctoral program, please contact the APA Office of Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, Phone: 202-336-5979, Fax: 202-336-5978

Admission Statistics

Admission to USC is competitive. We favor applicants who demonstrate strong potential for research careers through their academic record (indicated by choice of course work and GPA), have experience conducting research at a high level of independence, have strong letters of endorsement from faculty who have known them well, express career goals consistent with our own model and mission to train clinical scientists, and who have strong GRE scores. We also consider research match – whether an applicant's research interests are a good fit to a faculty mentor. The entire record contributes to the admissions decision.

Students are admitted to the clinical science program as a whole and are not directly admitted by individual faculty members. It is possible for students to work with more than one mentor over the course of their time at USC, although one faculty member is typically responsible for primary research mentorship of each clinical student. There should be a close fit of research interest between the applicant and the potential research mentor. The following professors in the clinical science area have openings for new students to join their labs in the 2014-2015 academic year: Drs. Knight, Lopez, Margolin, Nation, Saxbe and Schwartz. Additional research mentors may also be available.

Applicant Data
2007-
2008
2008-
2009
2009-
2010
2010-
2011
2011-
2012
2012-
2013
2013-
2014
Number of applicants
 285
258
271
360
365
398
362
Number accepted for admission
  15
  16
   8
  12
   8
  10
10
Size of the incoming class
6
9
5
6
6
4
6
Number of incoming students receiving financial aid
6
9
5
6
   6
4
6
 
GRE Verbal – Average Score
650
677
664
648
675
653
161
GRE Quantitative – Average Score
735
757
736
743
775
730
159
GRE Analytical – Average Score
5.3
5.1
5.0
4.9
4.6
5.1
4.8
GRE Advanced – Average Score
728
748
780
765
760
765
735
GPA – Average
3.5
3.8
3.7
3.8
3.8
3.7
3.8

 

 

Fellowships, Assistantships, Benefits, and Program Costs

All students in the 2012-2013 entering class have been offered five years of funding, including two years of fellowship. Remaining years may consist of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, or paid clinical placements. These awards come with at least 12 units of tuition remission per semester. Students do not have to pay tuition as long as they are under the terms of their five year package and in good standing. The tuition cost is $1,536 per unit (or an estimated $36,864 estimated yearly benefit, based on 12 units per term). Funding packages currently include payment of Student Health Service Fees ($524 per year), Student Health Insurance ($1519 per year), and Dental Insurance ($136 per year). Additional fees students may have to pay are: $75 Student Programming Fee, $25 Student Services Fee, and $16 Norman H. Topping Student Aid Fund fee (amounts are given based on 2 semesters). Most funding packages offer coverage of these fees (total: $116 per year). Further information on standard fees assessed by USC can be found on the USC website:
http://www.usc.edu/academics/classes/term_20133/tuition_and_fees.html

Description
2013-2014 1st year Cohort Cost
Tuition for full-time students (in-state)
$0 
Tuition for full-time students (out-of-state)
$0 
Tuition per credit hour for part-time students (if applicable)
n/a
University/institution fees or costs
$0 
Additional estimated fees or costs to students (e.g. books, travel, etc.)
$1,135

 

Time to Program Completion

For the past seven completed academic years (students graduating September 2006 through August 2013), the average time to completion was 6.76 years including internship. Students entering the program with a master's degree are not offered advanced standing in the program and must complete the same requirements. There is no change in expected time-to-completion based on the degree a student has at the time of entering the program.

Outcome
2006-
2007
 
2007-
2008
2008-
2009
2009-
2010
2010-
2011
2011-
2012
2012-
2013
Total
Total number of students with doctoral 
degree conferred on transcript
7
4
5
4
7
6
2
35
Mean number of years to complete
the program
6.2
6.4
6.8
7.25
7.1
6.8
7
6.76
Median number of years to complete
the program
6
6.33
7
7.5
7
7.2
7
7
Time to Degree Ranges
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
Students in less than 5 years
1
14
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
3
Students in 5 years
1
14
0
0
1
20
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
6
Students in 6 years
2
28
3
75
1
20
1
25
3
43
2
33
1
50
13
37
Students in 7 years
1
14
1
25
1
20
1
25
1
14
4
66
0
0
9
26
Students in more than 7 years
2
28
0
0
2
40
2
50
3
43
0
0
1
50
10
29

 

Internships

In the table below, frequency (number) and percent of students obtaining internships are given. Percentage, in each case, is calculated by dividing the relevant number (such as the number obtaining an internship) by the total number of students who applied for internship in that year. For each entry, the time interval refers to the year in which students applied for internship (internship typically runs on a calendar similar to but not precisely overlapping an academic year).

 
Year Applied for Internship

2006-
2007
 
2007-
2008
2008-
2009
2009-
2010
2010-
2011
2011-
2012
2012-
2013
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
Students who sought or applied 
for internships*
3
-
5
-
7
-
5
-
3
-
4
-
9
-
Students who obtained internships
3
100
5
100
7
100
5
100
3
100
4
100
8
89
Students who obtained 
APA/CPA-accredited internships
3
100
5
100
7
100
4
100
3
100
4
100
8
89
Students who obtained APPIC 
member internships that were 
not APA/CPA-accredited
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
20
0
0
0
0
0
0
Students who obtained other 
membership organization internships 
(e.g. CAPIC) that were not 
APA/CPA-accredited
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
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
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Students who obtained paid internships
3
100
5
100
7
100
5
100
3
100
4
100
8
89
Students who obtained half-time internships
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

 

Graduation and Attrition Data, By Cohort of Entry

 
Year of Program Entry

2006-
2007
 
2007-
2008
2008-
2009
2009-
2010
2010-
2011
2011-
2012
2012-
2013
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
N
%
Students for whom this is the year 
of first enrollment (i.e. new students)
6 -
6
-
9
-
5
-
6
-
6
-
4
-
Students whose doctoral degrees were
 conferred on their transcripts
2
33
1
17
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Students still enrolled in program
2
33
5
83
8
89
4
80
5
83
5
83
4
100
Students no longer enrolled for any 
reason other than conferral of doctoral degree
2
33
0
0
1
11
1
20
1
17
1
17
0
0

Note: this information reflects program data as of August, 2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                 Licensure

In compliance with APA regulations, we provide the proportion seeking and obtaining licensure based on students graduating between 2003 and 2011. Some students enter the program intending careers in which licensure is not helpful (e.g., full-time academic research careers not involving any clinical supervision), and licensure laws vary from one state to another. In some states, it takes considerable time beyond the Ph.D. to accrue sufficient post-doctoral experience to obtain a license, so these numbers should be examined with that in mind. This statistic was last updated June 2013.

Outcome

2003-2011

Total number of students with doctoral degrees conferred on transcript in time period

47

Number of students with doctoral degrees conferred on transcripts who became licensed doctoral psychologists in time period

37

Licensure percentage

79%

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