Loyola’s Doctorate of Clinical Psychology program is the 10th highest ranked Psy.D. program by US News & World Report ranking of clinical psychology programs and the #129 highest overall ranked clinical psychology program of the 231 programs that were ranked.
The U.S. News ranking includes both Ph.D. and Psy.D. doctoral programs that are accredited by the American Psychological Association. The majority of the programs ranked are Ph.D. programs, a small portion of the ranked programs, including Loyola University Maryland's, are Psy.D. programs. While both Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs are similar, there are some distinctions. The primary difference between Ph.D. program and Psy.D. programs is the emphasis placed on training–Ph.D. programs put a focus on research, whereas Psy.D. programs place an emphasis on clinical practice.
In addition to the clinical psychology ranking, Loyola received numerous other ranking and accolades from U.S. News, including the #4 University among Regional North Universities, #1 University for Veterans, and #6 in Best Undergraduate Teaching.
For more information regarding the differences between the various types of clinical psychology programs, the post, Which is Right for You? M.S. vs Psy.D. vs Ph.D., is recommended reading.
About U.S. News Clinical Psychology Methodology
From U.S. News and World Report:
"All the health rankings are based solely on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators and/or faculty at accredited degree programs or schools in each discipline. All schools surveyed in a discipline were sent the same number of surveys.
Respondents rated the academic quality of programs on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding). They were instructed to select "don't know" if they did not have enough knowledge to rate a program. Only fully accredited programs in good standing during the survey period are ranked. Those schools with the highest average scores appear in the rankings."