School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute, The

School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute, The

Clinical Psychology


2885 W Battlefield Rd.

Springfield, MO 65807

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD); Dual Program in Clinical Psychology (MA and Psy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

In the past 20 years, Forest Institute has become the preeminent private training school of professional psychology in the heart of the Midwest. We offer an APA-Accredited Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology (PsyD), a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP) and a Dual degree where a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology are earned at the same time. Forest provides big school opportunities in a small school environment. Twenty full-time core faculty members serve the student population of approximately 200, a true student to faculty ratio of 10:1. This personal education is also provided at the most cost effective institution in the nation when tuition rates and cost of living are combined. At the same time, Forest students have myriad learning opportunities through the more than 40 different elective courses offered in 7 elective cluster areas: marriage and family therapy, child and adolescent psychology, forensics/corrections, psychology of religion, integrated health care, pain management and neuropsychology. The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute is also known for its excellence in clinical training. With more than 9,000 client encounters a year, Forest's Robert J. Murney Clinic is the second largest training clinic of its kind in the country. As a community-based clinic, students gain experience working with a wide variety of populations who would normally not have access to mental health care. As a result, students give back to the community by serving the economically disadvantaged and other under-served populations. The School of Professional Psychology Forest Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the doctoral programs are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).


The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Professional accreditation of the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)

International Student Requirements:

While Forest welcomes international students, its programs require a high degree of English proficiency. This proficiency is verified through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) by the Educational Testing Service. Information concerning the TOEFL is available from their website: The institution code for TOEFL is 8525. TOEFL requirements may be waived for applicants who demonstrate sufficient abilities in English. This decision will be made by the Admissions Committee when the prospective student submits a written request for a waiver. Graduates of colleges and universities outside the United States must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States. Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated to determine grade point average and credit equivalents between the graduating country and the United States.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other

Locale: Midsize City

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