What are the qualifications to become licensed as a psychologist in the U.S.?
In the United States, the doctoral degree is generally recognized and accepted as the education credential for license eligibility to practice independently as a clinical psychologist. There are master’s degree programs, however, some of which are preparatory for doctoral training. Additionally, each state has requirements for licensure. A summary of those requirements can be found in the Handbook of Licensing and Certification Requirements for Psychologists in the U.S. and Canada, which is published by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). For more information, visit the ASPPB Web site.