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PhD Program in Clinical Health Psychology

Program Costs & Student Funding

Tuition & Fees

The only official source for information on tuition and fees at the University of Colorado Denver is the Bursar's Office. However, to give potential applicants a general idea of the costs of the program, the table below uses recent figures to provide estimated costs for each year of the program, assuming a student follows the program's sample curriculum. 

The Clinical Health Psychology PhD Program guarantees funding support for students in their first year. That support takes the form of payment of tuition and fees and employment for which students typically earn $15,000 per academic year. To this point, the program has been able to fully fund all students at this level throughout their time in the program.

 Credits per Semester & Tuition Cost (est.)* 

Fall Spring Summer  Tuition** ***
Year 1 12 13 4  $           8,522
Year 2 14 14 3  $           8,533
Year 3 10 13 3  $           8,337
Year 4 8 10 3  $           7,565
Year 5 3 3 3  $           3,195

*Tuition and fees at the University of Colorado Denver are established by the Board of Regents and are subject to change at any time.

**Non-resident tuition and fees for Year 1 would be approximately $26,800. Students are required to have resident status beginning in Year 2. Mandatory fees average $450 per semester.

***Special In-State Tuition Eligibility. Students from certain western states are eligible for in-state tuition beginning their first year of study. Information about the consortium that makes this possible, and the member states and universities that comprise the consortium, can be found at Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education/Western Regional Graduate Program.

​Financial Aid

In addition to department-paid tuition and fees, students in the Clinical Health Psychology PhD Program are typically appointed to one or more Teaching, Research, Graduate Assistantship positions or Lecturer positions in the fall and spring semesters of the first four years they are in the program. Salaries for these types of appointments typically total $15,000 across the two semesters, although higher rates are sometimes possible for research or graduate assistant positions. This funding is not guaranteed in the future, although the program will make every effort to maintain it and has been historically able to do so. Many students also find funding opportunities in the summer, or may have opportunities for academic year funding outside the program with variable salaries.

Information about student loans and other, non-departmental sources of funding can be found at CU Denver's Office of Financial Aid.


Teaching Assistantships

The Psychology Department offers teaching assistantships (TAs) each year in such courses as Introductory Psychology, Statistics, Research Methods, Human Development, Personality and Abnormal Psychology. We generally have been able to offer TA positions to interested students. These positions usually entail a 10-hour/week commitment and pay a moderate monthly salary. You wil​l be given the opportunity to notify the Program Director of the Clinical Health Psychology PhD program of your interest in a teaching assistantship after you have been accepted into the program.

Graduate Assistant (Clinical)

The Program offers Graduate Assistantships in the in-house training clinic (Psychological Services Center). The number of hours per week are variable between 10 – 20. Typical duties include managing walk-in patients, screening patient phone calls, assisting with chart audits, and assisting student therapists with crisis situations.

Research Assistantships

Contingent upon the availability of grant money, faculty may offer part-time research assistantships (RAs) to qualified students. The typical RA position involves data collection and analysis, library research, etc.  RA positions are generally less available than TA positions, and they may arise on very short notice.



Select advanced students may be able to serve as lecturers for undergraduate courses. In these positions the students maintain full responsibility for all aspects of the course. To be eligible for these positions students must minimally have their master’s degree and successfully complete the Teaching Skills Seminar.​