Psychology | Clinical Psychology PsyD

The School of Professional Psychology's doctoral program follows a practitioner-scholar model of professional education, with coursework reflecting the latest empirical findings in the field. Accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1990, we combine courses, thesis, practicum placements and dissertation with professional support to help you successfully complete the program with a versatile degree for practice, teaching or research. Our in-house clinical training facilities provide clinics for training doctoral students.

Generalist Foundation with Specific Concentrations

A variety of faculty interest provides you with exposure to a broad range of theoretical perspectives and assessment, intervention, research/evaluation, consultation/education and management/supervision skills. Six tracks within the generalist program allow you to focus your training on a specific area with its own defined curriculum, research programs and clinical practica.

Child and Adolescent Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Latino Bilingual
Health Psychology
Organizational/Consulting Psychology

Application for most tracks takes place during the student's first year of study. Some tracks accept application from advanced students.

With diverse classes, students and professional interests you can tailor the program to meet your needs and will easily find classmates and colleagues who share your interests, Student-led groups offer mentoring support to incoming students, making you feel welcome from the start.

Post Graduation

Our graduates have the knowledge and the skills to provide psychological services to contexts, including traditional areas of psychological assessment, psychotherapy and applied research. We also teach the business, organizational and political aspects of professional psychology so that you can seek innovative leadership roles, launch a private practice or take on a supervisory position at a mental health facility.


Professor and Associate Director of Clinical Training, Director of Health Psychology Track
Professor, Director of Clinical Training
Dean, School of Professional Psychology
Associate Professor, MA Program Director
Professor and Director of the Neuropsychology Track
Associate Professor, Director APS Program
Professor, Director of Organizational Consulting Psychology Track
Associate Professor & Director of the Forensic Track
Director, Interprofessional Course
Professor and Director, Child & Adolescent Track
Associate Professor, Director of Research
Associate Professor; Director of Academics; Interim Director, PsyD Program
Assistant Professor, Director of Latino Billingual Track

Sample sequence for students entering with a bachelor’s degree (includes MS degree in clinical psychology coursework earned at Pacific University).

Total credits for MS and PsyD: 146

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year

Fifth Year






Coursework (11.5)

Coursework (6)
Masters Thesis (2)
Practicum I (4)

Coursework (9)
Practicum II (4)

Coursework (6)
Dissertation (3)
Internship Application

Internship (2)






Coursework (13.5)

Coursework (6)
Masters Thesis (2)
Practicum I (4)

Coursework (9)
Practicum II (4)
Candidacy Exam

Coursework (6)
Dissertation (3)

Internship (2)






Coursework (12)
*Diversity Day

Coursework (7)
Masters Thesis (2)
Practicum I (4)
MS Awarded

Coursework (6)
Practicum II (4)
Dissertation (3)
Dissertation Proposal

Coursework (6)
Dissertation (3)

Internship (2)
PsyD Awarded

Program Requirements for Students Entering Doctoral Program 2012/2013 (Generalist Program)

Foundation Sequence (20 credits)

GPSY-720 Psychometrics (3 cr) *
GPSY-725 Basic Clinical & Counseling Skills (3cr)*
GPSY-735 Clinical & Counseling Skills Lab (1 cr)*
GPSY-727 Intro to Dx & Tx Planning (3 cr)*
GPSY-737 Dx & Tx Planning Lab (1 cr)*
GPSY-775 Professional Communication (3 cr) *
GPSY-780 Thesis (2 credits x 3 terms = 6 credits)*

Basic Sequence (15 credits)

GPSY-800 History & Systems (3 cr)
GPSY-802 Advanced Lifespan Psychology (3 cr)
GPSY-804 Cognition (3 cr)
GPSY-811 Fundamentals of Bx Neuroscience (3 cr)
GPSY-813 Individual/Social Bases of Bx (3 cr)

Human Diversity Sequence (7 credits)

GPSY-814 Human Diversity (3 cr)*
GPSY-819 Human Diversity Lab (1 cr)*
Approved Human Diversity Elective (3 cr)
2 non-credit Diversity Day events

Assessment Sequence (9 credits)

GPSY-820 Psychopathology (3 cr)*
GPSY-821 Assessment I: Intelligence (3 cr)*
GPSY-822 Assessment II: Objective (3 cr)*

Intervention Sequence (7 credits)

GPSY-721 Evidence-based Practice Theories Seminar (1 cr)*
GPSY-817 Intervention II (3 cr)*
GPSY-818 Intervention III (3 cr)

Professional Sequence (13 credits)

CHP-510/511 Interprofessional Competence (0.5 credits x 2 terms = 1 credit)*
GPSY-870 Ethics & Professional Issues (3 cr)*
GPSY-871 Professional Roles I (3 cr)
GPSY-872 Professional Roles II (2 cr)
GPSY-873 Supervision Practicum (1 cr)
GPSY-876 Business of Psychology (3 cr)
4 non-credit Interprofessional Case Conferences
1 non-credit Colloquium

Research Sequence (21 credits)

GPSY-880 Statistics & Research Design I (3 cr)*
GPSY-881 Statistics & Research Design II (3 cr)*
Approved Research Elective (3 cr)
GPSY-882 Dissertation (3 credits x 4 terms = 12 cr)

Supervised Clinical Experience (30 credits)

GPSY-887 Practicum I (4 credits x 3 terms)*
GPSY-888 Practicum II (4 credits x 3 terms)
GPSY-890 Internship (2 credits x 3 terms)

Free Electives (24 credits)


  • Candidacy Examination
  • Dissertation Defense

Total credits required = 146

Limit on transfer and waiver = 21

*Courses which are required for the MS degree (total credits required for MS = 75) 58 required credits marked with * plus any 17 credits that fulfill requirements for the PsyD degree)

Students have eight years from matriculation to complete MS/PsyD degree requirements.