Curriculum, Emphases, & Degree Requirements | Clinical Psychology PsyD

Curriculum

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

Total credits for PsyD: 131.5 + additional emphasis-specific credit requirements*

First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year Fifth Year
FALL FALL FALL FALL FALL
  • Coursework
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Practicum I
  • Coursework
  • Practicum II
  • Dissertation
  • Coursework
  • Advanced Practicum
  • Internship Application
  • Internship
SPRING SPRING SPRING SPRING SPRING
  • Coursework
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Practicum I
  • Coursework
  • Practicum II
  • Dissertation
  • Coursework
  • Advanced Practicum
  • Internship
SUMMER SUMMER SUMMER SUMMER SUMMER
  • Coursework
  • Pre-Practicum
  • *Diversity Conference
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Practicum I
  • Dissertation (Proposal)
  • *Diversity Conference
  • MA awarded
  • Coursework
  • Practicum II
  • Dissertation (Defend)
  • Coursework
  • Advanced Practicum
  • Internship
  • PsyD awarded

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For detailed course descriptions and degree requirements, please see the current Academic Catalog             

Emphases

Varied faculty interests provide students with exposure to a broad range of theoretical perspectives and assessment, intervention, research/evaluation, consultation/education, and management/supervision skills. Five emphases within the generalist program allow students to focus training on a specific area with its own defined curricula, research programs, and clinical practica.

Application for primary emphases and the Latina/o Psychology Emphasis take place during admissions. Some emphases accept applications from advanced students (provided space/resources are available).

Degree Requirements

Students entering the PsyD program without a master's degree must complete requirements for the master of arts (MA) in clinical psychology en route to the PsyD. The MA and PsyD degrees typically can be completed in five years of full-time study (four years in residence devoted to coursework, research, and practicum, and one year away on doctoral internship). 

Dissertation

The doctoral dissertation provides evidence of scholarly competence representing an original contribution to psychology. In keeping with the practitioner-scholar model of the School of Graduate Psychology, dissertations are not confined to traditional experimental studies, but may use a variety of formats:

  • Single case experimental designs
  • Case studies of individuals, groups or systems
  • Program development or evaluation
  • Experimental or correlational research
  • A synthesis and extension of scholarly literature

The complete dissertation is defended in a public oral examination. Students are expected to work within the realm of our faculty's expertise.