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Psychology | Clinical PhD Program

PhD in Clinical Psychology


Degree Requirements

  • 72 credit hours of approved graduate work 
  • Students who have been admitted to the doctoral program in psychology but do not have an MA in psychology that has been accepted by the department must complete the degree requirements for the MA in Psychology (thesis option; thesis seminar not required) before they can be awarded the doctorate.
  • One tool of research is required but does not result in course credit toward the degree. The tool requirement is defined as the dissemination of a research tool. Please see the Department of Psychology for further information.
  • Two comprehensive examinations,which involve students in the kinds of activities theywill later engage in as professional psychologists. The written comprehensive is an ethics examination. The oral comprehensive is a specialty examination, which involves a clinical presentation.
  • Dissertation: A written proposal for the dissertation is to be submitted to the dissertation committee as a description of the research plan for the doctoral dissertation. This proposal must be approved before students apply for predoctoral internship. The dissertation must be accepted by the dissertation committee, the department chair, and the university. 
  • As part of the doctoral requirements, clinical students serve a one-year externship and a one-year internship in an appropriate setting outside the university.

Course Requirements 

  • PSYC-502 History and Systems of Psychology (3) 
  • PSYC-550 Psychological Research (3) 
  • PSYC-551 Psychopathology: Theory and Research (3) 
  • PSYC-618 Principles of Neuropsychological Assessment (3) or assessment course approved by the department 
  • PSYC-630 Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, and Practice (3) 
  • PSYC-633 Psychological Assessment I (3) 
  • PSYC-652 Assessment of Intellectual Function and Personality (3) 
  • PSYC-680 Experiential Psychotherapy Practicum I (3) 
  • PSYC-681 Experiential Psychotherapy Practicum II (3) 
  • PSYC-710 Behavior Therapy Practicum (3)
  • PSYC-715 Supervision and Consultation (3)
  • PSYC-791 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Practicum I (3) 
  • PSYC-792 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Practicum II (3) 
  • One course in Biological Bases of Behavior from the following:
  • PSYC-501 Physiological Psychology (3)
  • PSYC-513 Neuropharmacology: The Biochemistry of Behavior (3)
  • PSYC-518 Advanced Human Neuropsychology 
  • One course in Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior from the following:
  • PSYC-522 Stress, Coping, and Emotion (3)
  • PSYC-575 Advanced Memory and Cognition (3) 
  • One course in Individual Bases of Behavior from the following:
  • PSYC-505 Advanced Personality Psychology (3)
  • PSYC-560 Advanced Developmental Psychology (3) 
  • One course in Social Bases of Behavior from the following:
  • PSYC-521 Ethnic and Minority Issues in Psychology (3)
  • PSYC-540 Advanced Social Psychology (3)
  • PSYC-799 Doctoral Dissertation Research (6)
  • 6 credit hours of statistics
  • 11 credit hours of electives