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) research (2) ethics; (3) diversity, and (4) clinical assessment and intervention. 

Program Highlights

  •  Students are fully funded with tuition waived

  • Five year (4+1) program: first two years are largely didactic, although students are involved in research continuously (including a master’s thesis or foundational research project) and begin clinical practica in their first year.

  • 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.


    • 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.

    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.

    • 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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