PhD in Clinical Psychology | Degree Requirements

Students entering the PhD program without a master's degree must complete requirements for the Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Psychology en route to the PhD. The MS and PhD degrees typically can be completed in five years of full-time study, with four years devoted to coursework and practicum and one year designated for predoctoral internship. Students earn the MS upon completion of the 72 credits designated for this degree, including a thesis. Students entering the program with an approved thesis and master’s degree may complete requirements for the PhD in four years of full-time study, with three years devoted to coursework and practicum and one year designated for the predoctoral internship.

 

The requirements emanate from the primary goals of the PhD in Clinical Psychology program, which are to produce graduates who contribute to the scientific base of clinical psychology, who are skilled in creating, researching, and implementing evidence-based practices across diverse populations, and who are adept in functioning as 21st century clinical psychologists. The program ensures that graduates have obtained the full range of training mandated for doctoral-level clinical psychologists and will be adequately prepared for licensure as psychologists. Requirements in the progam include the following:

 

 

YEAR 1

Credits

               

Fall

 
               

Self-Care & the Science and Practice of Mindfulness

3

               

Evidence-Based Practice Theories Seminar

1

               

History and Systems

3

               

Advanced Statistics in Psychology I

3

               

Interprofessional Competence - Didactic

.5

               

 

Total 13.5
               

Spring

 
               

Psychopathology

3

               

Assessment I

3

               

Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior

3

               

Advanced Statistics in Psychology II

3

               

Social Bases of Behavior

3

               

Interprofessional Competence - Experiential

.5

               

 

Total  15.5
               

Summer

 
               

Thesis

3
               

Assessment II

3
               

Ethics & Professional Issues

3
               

 

Total 9
               

YEAR 2

 
               

Fall

 
               

Research Design and Methodology

3

               

Clinical Practicum I

3

               

Human Diversity

3

               

Human Diversity Lab

1

               

Thesis

2
               

Evidence-Based Therapies with Adults OR Evidence-Based Therapies with Children and Adolescents

3

               

 

Total  15
               

Spring

 
               

The Role of Psychologist in Integrated Healthcare

3

               

Clinical Practicum I

3

               

Behavioral Neuroscience

3

               

Thesis

2

               

 

Total  11
               

Summer

 
               

Clinical Practicum I

3

               

Thesis

5

               

 

Total 8
               

YEAR 3

 
               

Fall

 
               

Clinical Practicum II

3

               

Program Evaluation and Administration

3

               

Departmental Elective

3

               

Dissertation

2

               

 

Total 11
               

Spring

 
               

Clinical Practicum II

3

               

CHP Elective

3

               

Dissertation

2

               

 

Total 8
               

Summer

 
               

Clinical Practicum II

3

               

Dissertation

4

               

 

Total 7
               

YEAR 4

 
               

Fall

 
               

Dissertation

2

               

Supervision & Consultation Seminar I

1

               

Department Elective

3

               

 

Total 6
               

Spring

 
               

Dissertation

2

               

Supervision and Consultation Seminar II

1

               

Psychopharmacology

3

               

 

Total 6
               

Summer

 
               

Dissertation

6

               

 

Total 6
               

YEAR 5

 
               

Internship

1credit/term

               

 

Total  3
               
 
 
               

 

 TOTAL CREDITS 119
               

 

*Please note that students enrolled in the PhD program have a number of potential elective courses to choose from; however, PhD students do not specialize in one of the six tracks outlined on the PsyD program page.