Curriculum | Clinical Psychology PhD

Students must accumulate a minimum of 106 academic, research, and practicum credits during their residence in the PhD Program, and 27 credits while completing the doctoral internship. For detailed course descriptions and degree requirements, please see the current Academic Catalog

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 (four years in residence devoted to coursework, research, and practicum, and one year away on doctoral internship). 

Students entering the program with an approved thesis and master’s degree may be able to complete requirements for the PhD in four years of full-time study (three years in residence devoted to coursework, research, and practicum, plus one year doctoral 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.