Clinical Psychology Degree

This field will no longer be accepting applicants after the spring 2017 admission cycle (March 15 to April 15, 2017). If you have started your admissions coursework, you may continue and apply during summer, fall, or spring. To find courses, you may log into online services and choose Degree Program Admissions from the menu.

If you have not taken any admissions courses, you may be interested in the related graduate degree field of psychology

Examine the infinite complexity of the brain through the lens of clinical science. You explore the latest research and gain experience in the field.

Key learning outcomes

Through the master’s degree in the field of clinical psychology field you:

  • Build an understanding of aspects of psychological dysfunction, including cognitive, behavioral, and emotional disorders, with attention to the scientific understanding of their etiology and treatment.
  • Develop the ability to communicate complex psychological knowledge, both orally and in writing, and exposure to the latest field knowledge in research design.
  • Gain experience through placement in a clinical and research setting in psychopathology.

Program Overview

The degree includes nine courses—at least three taken on campus—and a thesis.

  • Get started. You begin by completing three admission courses from the program curriculum. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and ability to perform well as a Harvard student.
  • Apply to the program. While you are completing your third admission course, you submit your application. We have application periods in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Continue your studies, online and on campus. As you progress through the program, you choose from courses offered on campus or online, in the fall, spring, or summer. To fully experience Harvard, you take at least three courses on campus as part of your degree.
  • Get experience in the field. You participate in a field-placement of 150 hours in a clinical research lab or research facility, a social services agency, or a hospital setting.
  • Complete your thesis. Working with a thesis director, you conduct in-depth research on a topic relevant to your work experience or academic interests, producing publishable quality results. You’ll emerge with a solid understanding of how scientific research is executed and communicated.
  • Graduate with your Harvard degree. You participate in the annual Harvard Commencement, receiving your Harvard University degree: Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in extension studies, field: Clinical Psychology.


Affordability is core to our mission. Our 2016–17 graduate tuition is $2,550 per course; the total tuition cost of earning the graduate degree is approximately $25,500.

There are a number of financial aid options available once you’re admitted to the program.