About this Program

The Department of Psychology participates in the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology.  This unified program is offered jointly by Old Dominion University and Norfolk State University and is accredited by the American Psychological Association.  The combined efforts of these institutions give considerable breadth and depth to this unique program.  Students take classes at both institutions and are engaged in research activities and clinical work throughout their training.  The Program follows a scientist-practitioner training model.  The Virginia Consortium emphasizes the following areas in its training model:  (1) ethics; (2) multiculturalism; (3) research; (4) assessment; (5) intervention; (6) consultation, supervision, and leadership. 

Program Highlights

  • It is a five year (4+1) program. The first two years are largely didactic, although students are involved in clinical practica and research (including a master’s thesis or foundational research project).

  • One of our primary goals is for students to become proficient at integrating theory, research, and practice.

  • The Virginia Consortium provides a systematic sequence of supervised pre-internship practica in which students apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom to clinical settings. 

  • Faculty at both consortia institutions are involved in teaching and research supervision. Some faculty are involved in clinical supervision as well.

  • Please visit our program site for more information: Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Doctor of Philosophy
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary

$85,050 Median Salary

Teach courses in psychology, such as child, clinical, and developmental psychology, and psychological counseling. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Clinical Psychologists

$81,330 Median Salary

Diagnose or evaluate mental and emotional disorders of individuals through observation, interview, and psychological tests, and formulate and administer programs of treatment.

Psychologists, All Other

$93,440 Median Salary

All psychologists not listed separately.

Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists

$93,440 Median Salary

Apply theories and principles of neuropsychology to diagnose and treat disorders of higher cerebral functioning.

Alumni Careers

Veterans Administration Medical Centers
Academic Medical Centers
Colleges or Universities
Community Mental Health Centers
Private Practices


What are the requirements to apply for Virginia Consortium at ODU?
Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in Virginia Consortium should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.
  • Transcripts of academic coursework.

  • For update-to-date information regarding requirements for the submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, please visit https://sci.odu.edu/vcpcp/index.shtml

  • The Consortium's supplemental application that includes:  A personal statement outlining academic objectives and career goals and how the Virginia Consortium will assist in achieving these goals.  A summary of clinical, research, teaching, and diversity interests and experiences.  A resume or curriculum vitae. 

  • Three letters of reference. 

For Admission to the Virginia Consortium Program


Bachelor's degree from an accredited university with a substantial academic background in psychology.


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

For more details visit our program website:

Students often receive graduate assistantships and may receive a full or partial tuition scholarship.



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