Doctor of 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.
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.
The Doctoral Sequence
The Psy.D program is a five-year program that includes four years of coursework and one year of internship. Applicants with a master's degree in psychology or a closely related field may apply for advanced standing in the program.
The first year involves primarily theory and coursework, although students have ample opportunities to work with mentors in their areas of research expertise.
In the second and third year students are in clinical practicum in addition to coursework. The School of Professional Psychology has an in-house clinic, the Pacific Psychology Clinic, where many first year practicum students begin to learn their craft.
In the second year students begin work on their Master’s Thesis, working closely with a mentor in his or her area of expertise. The third and fourth years involve continued coursework, the Clinical Competency Examination, attention to the Doctoral Dissertation, and application for internship. During the fifth year the student is on a full-time internship.
The Doctoral Sequence--Advanced Standing
Advanced-standing students should plan on a least three years of coursework and one year of internship. Students entering with a master's degree in psychology or a closely related field at advanced standing may be required to take some foundation courses in their first year of study if they have not had equivalent coursework upon admission.
The Academic Year
The academic year begins in late August and continues through the third week of July. Classes are scheduled in three to three-and-a-half-hour blocks. Required classes continue through the summer term, with clinical training often extending beyond term dates.