I chose Augsburg for the genuine support that I received from their staff provided during my application process. Professors have a high expectation for students to perform at a level that higher education demands. At the same time, I feel that professors are equally vested in working with students on their professional development. Student advisors, teacher’s assistants, and writing mentors are also readily available and easily accessible to students during the program. The step-by-step guidance through the assessment practicum placement process is the most noteworthy contribution Augsburg’s administration has made to my professional advancement in my experience. Although I can name many more beneficial influences from Augsburg on my professional development, gaining practicum placement is a stressful and uncertain requirement for most psychology students. The Augsburg faculty made it their prerogative to academically and logistically prepare their students, and as a result, I matched with the practicum site almost effortlessly. I cannot speak on what other programs offer on an intimate level but, one of the factors that I found most special about Augsburg is their commitment to addressing the need for diversity and equitable treatment for students of marginalized identity groups. Choose Augsburg if you aspire to join a program that has a variety of professional outcomes for a clinical psychologist with an emphasis on cultural diversity and inclusion.
~Ismail Abraham, 2026
Applying to Augsburg started as chance, but it was a great choice for me. The faculty are very kind and supportive. They are willing to work with you and I am so grateful for that. The emphasis on clinical competency makes this program stand out, and this program is dedicated to preparing you to be a clinician which is amazing.
~Holly Blades, 2026
I chose Augsburg because of the community between students and professors. I am motivated to be the best clinician I can be and Augsburg’s PsyD program and generalist clinician model has been boon to my development as a clinician. The faculty here has been more supportive than I have ever had! They have been personable and professional and have helped me grow professionally and personally. Augsburg has maintained a focus on clinical work throughout the program, further the research and consultation opportunities have been great! I can definitely say I am a better provider now than I was a year ago, and I expect I will continue to grow every year. Augsburg is a lovely in-person program with a close-knit group of students and professors, I think distinct from other programs I have attended or interviewed, they have been more transparent, more communal, and with more of a developmental focus rather than simply focusing on learning the basics. I think Augsburg stands out from the crowd with its emphasis on culturally aware approaches in the clinical process. I would say that if you wanted to be a psychologist, you should come here. If you want to learn how to integrate culture, therapy, assessment, and your personal development into your practice then you should come to this program. I really can’t think of a better or more well rounded place! I have been surprised at how much the program has resonated, and I am usually slow to warm up! But the feel of the program makes the connections.
~Izaak Davison-Kerwood, 2026
Augsburg offers the only PsyD in Clinical Psychology in the state of Minnesota, so I knew it was the perfect fit for me. The faculty in the PsyD clinical psychology program are top notch! They are experienced practitioners, intelligent scholars, and supportive mentors. I personally have been strengthened by their personal, professional, and clinical feedback and credit much of my success to their investment. The program curriculum and the instructors have more than adequately prepared me for internship. I feel competent among peers that have been trained across the country. This program emphasizes a practitioner scholar model with deep understanding of clinical components of this field. Augsburg staff is focused on the student’s success and they take into consideration the student as an individual within the program and accommodate personal needs as best they can. The knowledge provided throughout coursework and training opportunities presented are arguably the best in the state. Our training department does a fantastic job advocating for great practicum experiences that fit the training goals of the student. Augsburg is committed to developing strong mental health practitioners and they do this through a developmental approach to training with supportive, positive, but constructive feedback.
~Samantha Delos Santos, 2022
Augsburg is truly unique in the helpful attention that all the faculty and staff offer to every doctoral student. I am provided with honest feedback from my faculty and colleagues that challenges me to stretch and grow both professionally and personally. Pursing my clinical doctoral degree at Augsburg was because of the constant encouragement to help me grow as a future psychologist.
~Lisa Hady, 2023
Augsburg University and the PsyD program in Clinical Psychology are a second home for me. The faculty are like my family and I do not know where I would be without their continued dedication and support.
-Ashley Hawkins, 2024
The Augsburg Psy.D. Program has very talented and experienced faculty who expend great time and effort assisting students to succeed. The faculty are readily available either by zoom or in person. I am an older student and I am grateful for the consideration the faculty has shown me. The Psy.D. Program is unique because a welcoming and supportive faculty create an ideal learning environment for students from around the world to work together, each on a path towards a future as a clinical psychologist. You cannot go wrong with the Augsburg Psy.D. Program. The faculty, students, quality and culture of the program make it an ideal choice. I chose Augsburg for my Psy.D. because of the talented faculty, diverse student population, and location in Minneapolis.
~Anne Aronson Johnson, 2027
I did my undergraduate program at Augsburg and I felt a sense of belonging in all of my courses, especially my psychology courses. My biggest appreciation is that the Augsburg president, Dr. Pribbenow, reaches out to the campus community when triggering events occur in the twin cities, letting us know that he is aware of the possible mental stress that the event might bring, and providing resources for those of us who needs extra support. Given my undergrad experience, I can say that Augsburg holds true to it’s mission of educating “students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. Having completed my first semester, I am struck by the amount of support offered; especially since this is a doctoral level degree. All of the professors I have had so far truly want all of their students to become experts in the field. They also are interested in what we are interested in, and they try their best to connect us with helpful information. More specifically, in terms of how they support us in our studies, I recognized that in many classes, our assignments are split into sections; this is so that we can learn the material little by little, and tie it all together at the end which is a style that I appreciate. What I really enjoy about my program is that the materials we learn is almost always integrated with other classes and current events. I find this to be a way for me to grow professionally, along with offering 1 assessment practicum, 1 therapy practicum, and an optional practicum of our choice (i.e., assessment or therapy). Our program is the only Clinical Psychology PsyD program in the state of MN. This also means that we use a practitioner-scholar model for training and evaluation compared to a PhD program, which is more research focus. Our PsyD program combines relevant research, applied theory, and field experience and is designed to prepare the graduate to apply psychological knowledge in a variety of settings and roles. We have a heavier emphasis on assessments, but still offer therapy learning materials and include a therapy practicum. Lastly, but not least, our program assigns a writing mentor and an upperclassmen student mentor that to all first year students. If you advocate for social justice and diversity, like to integrate your learning experiences, want to learn assessment AND therapy, want to be taught by professors who cares about YOUR learning experience, and want to be supported in your professional journey–this is the program for you. Before I applied to this program, I attended 3 open-house meetings. I was extremely thoughtful in my decision. My biggest advice would be to join in on one (or more) of our classes, and have a feel for it yourself, not once, but a few times.