Degree Requirements

Students must complete a total of 96 credits to earn the PhD in Clinical Psychology. This includes credits for required coursework, elective coursework, and supervised clinical training. Students must also complete a one-year, full-time internship in clinical psychology and successfully defend a master’s thesis and dissertation.

In addition to offering a major area of study in clinical psychology, the program has a focus on children and adolescents. While most clinical courses address core concepts and issues throughout the lifespan, students also learn how these concepts and issues apply to working with children and adolescents in a clinical context, as well as concepts and issues unique to children and adolescents. For example, while the cognitive assessment course covers evidence-based assessment practices, students also learn additional tools for conducting assessments with children and adolescents. Other courses (e.g., Seminar in Clinical Child Psychology, Family Systems and Therapy) focus on advanced issues in clinical child psychology. 

Students may also complete an optional emphasis in either school psychology or forensic psychology, with four courses in those areas. Instead of the optional emphasis, students may choose to complete four elective courses of their choosing.

Our program curriculum is consistent with APA accreditation standards and comprised of five areas of coursework. In addition to required/elective courses and credits for clinical and research activities, students complete courses representing core domains of general psychology, as well as a core foundation in statistical and research methods. A summary of program requirements is provided below.

 I. Required Courses (General Psychology):
Complete the following 6 courses for 18 credits

Course Name

Course Number

Credits

Cognitive Psychology

PSYC 504

3

Multicultural Psychology

PSYC 506

3

Social Psychology

PSYC 552

3

Developmental Psychology

PSYC 561

3

Behavioral Neuroscience

PSYC 573

3

History and Systems of Psychology

PSYC 745

3

 

 

Total Credits = 18

 II. Required Courses (Clinical Psychology):
Complete the following 9 courses for 27 credits

Course Name

Course Number

Credits

Family Systems and Therapy

PSYC 679

3

Developmental Psychopathology

PSYC 565

3

Cognitive Assessment

PSYC 574

3

Clinical Assessment

PSYC 593

3

Evidence-Based Interventions I

PSYC 670

3

Ethics and Professional Issues

PSYC 678

3

Evidence-Based Interventions II

PSYC 702

3

Clinical Supervision

TBD

3

Seminar in Clinical Child Psychology

PSYC 709

3

 

 

Total Credits = 27

 III. Required Courses (Research/Statistics):
Complete the following 5 courses for 15 credits
 

Course Name

Course Number

Credits

Research Methods

PSYC 510

3

Statistical Methods

PSYC 550

3

Psychometrics

PSYC 578

3

Multivariate Statistics

PSYC 739

3

Theory Building and SEM

PSYC 740

3

 

 

Total Credits = 15

IV. Elective Courses – Student must select Option A, B, or C

OPTION A (Open Electives):
Complete 4 of the following courses for 12 credits

Course Name

Course Number

Credits

School-Based Interventions

PSYC 594

3

Behavioral Assessment and Intervention

PSYC 601

3

Forensic Psychology in Family Court Proceedings

PSYC 622

3

Interpersonal and Familial Violence

PSYC 650

3

Child and Family Forensic Assessment

PSYC 665

3

Academic Assessment and Intervention

PSYC 672

3

Trauma Related-Disorders and Treatments

PSYC 701

3

 

 

Total Credits = 12

OPTION B (Emphasis in School Psychology):
Complete 4 of the following courses for 12 credits

Course Name

Course Number

Credits

School-Based Interventions

PSYC 594

3

Behavioral Assessment and Intervention

PSYC 601

3

Academic Assessment and Intervention

PSYC 659

3

Introduction to School Psychology

PSYC 661

3

Consultation Methods

PSYC 668

3

Program Planning and Evaluation

PSYC 711

3

 

 

Total Credits = 12

OPTION C (Emphasis in Forensic Psychology):
Complete 4 of the following courses for 12 credits

Course Name

Course Number

Credits

Introduction to Forensic Psychology

PSYC 594

3

Forensic Psychology in Family Court Proceedings

PSYC 622

3

Interpersonal and Familial Violence

PSYC 650

3

Child and Family Forensic Assessment

PSYC 665

3

Psychological Science and the Law

PSYC 725

3

 

 

Total Credits = 12

V. Required Credits (Clinical and Research Activities):
Complete the following 24 credits

Course Name

Course Number

Credits

Master’s Thesis

PSYC 698

4

Practicum/Externship

PSYC 680

6

Dissertation

PSYC 900

12

Pre-Doctoral Internship I and II

PSYC 865 & 896

2

 

 

Total Credits = 24

Summary of Credit Hours 

Domain

Credits

Required Courses: General Psychology

18

Required Courses: Clinical Psychology

27

Required Courses: Research/Statistics

15

Elective Courses: Emphasis

12

Required Credits: Clinical and Research Activities

24

 

Total Credits = 96