Degree Requirements | Clinical Psychology PhD

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 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 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. Requirements in the program include the following:

  • Successful proposal and defense of thesis research
  • Successful proposal and defense of dissertation research
  • Successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination portfolio competency project
  • Successful completion of a 1,500 hour Doctoral Internship
  • Coursework: Students must complete, with a grade of B or better, 30 required courses (for a total of 77 credits), 12 credits of thesis, 18 credits of dissertation, 3 credits of predoctoral internship, and 9 credits of electives.