Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology - Degree Requirements

1st Semester

PSYC6112     Clinical Research Methods & Psychometrics
PSYC6114     Psychopathology
PSYC6116     History & Systems
PSYC6118     Computer Application in Statistics Lab
PSYC6132     Developmental Issues in Clinical Psychology
PSYC6180     First-Year Clinical Practicum I

2nd Semester

PSYC6122     Personality Assessment
PSYC6131     Behavioral Assessment
PSYC6133     Intellectual Assessment
PSYC6160     Teaching Seminar
PSYC6624     Introduction to Psychotherapy
PSYC6181     First-Year Clinical Practicum II: Ethics

3rd Semester

PSYC7110     Research Design & Analysis I
PSYC7113     Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
PSYC7121     Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy
PSYC7180     Second-Year Clinical Practicum I

4th Semester

PSYC7111     Research Design & Analysis II
PSYC7125     Applied Social Psychology
PSYC7130     Biological Bases of Behavior
PSYC7181     Second-Year Clinical Practicum II

5th Semester

PSYC7120     Diversity Issues in Clinical Psychology
PSYC7133     Learning, Cognition, and Emotion
PSYC8129     Psychopharmacology
PSYC8180     Third-Year Clinical Practicum I

6th Semester

PSYC9124     Advanced Research Seminar
PSYC9138     Professional Development
PSYC8181     Third-Year Clinical Practicum II

7th Semester

PSYC9111     Dissertation (Clinical Psychology)

8th Semester

PSYC9111     Dissertation (Clinical Psychology)

9th Semester

PSYC9112     Dissertation Maintenance (Clinical Psychology)
PSYC9113     Internship (Clinical Psychology) Fall

10th Semester

PSYC9112     Dissertation Maintenance (Clinical Psychology)
PSYC9113     Internship (Clinical Psychology) Spring

Advanced Special Topics In Clinical Psychology - 4 Required*

PSYC8114     Neuropsychology (offered even years in the fall; open to second- and third-year students)
PSYC9160     Advanced Personality Assessment (offered odd years in the fall; open to second- and third- year students)
PSYC8127     Clinical Child Psychology (offered in the spring; open to second- and third- year students)
PSYC8145     Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (offered in the fall; open to third-year students only)
PSYC9143     Advanced Psychodynamic Therapy (offered in the spring; open to third-year students only)
PSYC9145     Seminar in Clinical Psychology (offered in the spring; open to third-year students only)

*a class will run if there are sufficient enrollment numbers to support it

Additional Optional Coursework And Independent Studies


PSYC9112     Dissertation Maintenance (summer May 28-Aug 17)
PSYC9113     Internship Maintenance (summer May 28-Aug 17)
PSYC9116     Research Maintenance (summer  May 28-Aug 17)
PSYC9180     4th Year Practicum I (fall semester)
PSYC9181     4th Year Practicum II (spring semester)
PSYC9280     5th Year Clinical Practicum I (fall semester)
PSYC9281     5th Year Practicum II (spring semester)
PSYC9800     I.S. in Psychology (Ph.D.)

Special Requirements

First Year Research Practicum
First Year Clinical Practicum
Second Year Research practicum
Second Year Clinical practicum
Second Year Project
Third Year Research practicum
Third Year Clinical practicum
Teaching Requirement
Dissertation Accepted
Qualifying Examination
Comprehensive Examination

Students are required to apply for internship via the national match system offered by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and participate in an approved internship. The internship may begin after the student has completed the courses listed under the first six semesters, completed the second year research project, passed the comprehensive examinations, and successfully defended the dissertation proposal. Typically, the dissertation is completed in the fourth year and internship in the fifth year.

Ongoing annual evaluations of students will be conducted by the faculty using information submitted by practicum site supervisors, course instructors, and research mentors. Students will meet with the Program Director to receive feedback concerning these evaluations.

Grade Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree

Students must maintain a 3.2 grade point average at the end of each spring semester to remain in good standing in the program.  A GPA less than 3.2 will place the student on academic probation for one year.  If the GPA does not reach 3.2 at the end of the probation year, the student will be terminated from the program.  Regardless of the grade point average, two grades of C+ or lower or one F will result in termination.

Any course for which the student receives a grade lower than a B- will have to be repeated.  Both grades will appear on your transcript in accordance with university policy.

Students entering with a bachelor’s degree only or master’s degree in another discipline will have seven years to complete the program.  Students entering with a doctorate in psychology accepted for the respecialization program will have six years to complete the program. Students entering with a master’s degree who have 30 or more credits accepted for transfer must complete the Ph.D. Degree within six years.

Termination from the Program

The following are the conditions under which students may be terminated from the program:

  1. Receiving two or more grades of C+ or lower or one grade of F, or maintaining a grade point ratio of less than 3.2 for two consecutive years.
  2. Failing the Comprehensive Examination a third time.
  3. Failing the Ethics Qualifying Examination a third time.
  4. Not finishing the degree within the specified time limit.
  5. Unethical or criminal behavior (plagiarism, cheating, violation of the American Psychological Association ethical guidelines, or University or governmental law, including harassment).
  6. Psychological problems that affect the student’s functioning in the program or ability to function effectively in a clinical capacity.  Students’ progress in the program is evaluated each semester, and any student who is having psychological problems that interfere with progress in the program will be advised on appropriate procedures for responding to faculty concerns, including but not limited to leave of absence and/or personal therapy.  In the event of long-term serious emotional difficulties or a situation not adequately remediated, a student may be asked to leave the program.  As part of the standard evaluation process these recommendations or requirements will be provided in writing to the student.  Students should be aware that they are evaluated with regard to their interpersonal, professional, and ethical behavior.