Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Curriculum

All courses are 3 graduate credits unless otherwise indicated.

Foundational Core Courses (24 credits): 

PSYG 703         Psychopathology 

PSYG 704         Development Across the Lifespan: Individual and Family 

PSYG 708         Introduction to Couple and Family Therapy 

PSYG 712         Research Design and Methodology 

PSYG 713         Legal and Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy 

PSYG 714         A Systemic Approach to the Problems of Adolescents 

PSYG 716         The Role of Culture and Gender in Psychotherapy 

PSYG 717         Group Therapy  


Additional Requirements for M.S./Psy.D. Track

(18 credits; these credits do NOT count towards the 116 credits required for the Psy.D. degree but are required for the M.S. in Clinical Psychology): 

PSYG 702         Theories of Psychotherapy  

PSYG 711         Introduction to Techniques of Psychotherapy   

PSYG 745         Clinical Experience I 

PSYG 755         Clinical Experience II 

PSYG 765         Clinical Experience III 

PSYG 775         Clinical Experience IV   


Required Upper-Level Doctoral Courses (66 credits): 

PSYG 800         Psychological Assessment I (2 credits) 

PSYG 801         Personality and Individual Differences 

PSYG 802         Psychological Assessment II 

PSYG 803         Psychological Assessment III 

PSYG 804         Historical Foundations of Psychology 

PSYG 805         Psychometric Theory (2 credits) 

PSYG 806         Psychodynamic Theory and Therapy 

PSYG 806L       Psychodynamic Theory and Therapy Lab (1 credit) 

PSYG 808         Advanced Couple and Family Therapy 

PSYG 808L       Advanced Couple and Family Therapy Lab (1 credit) 

PSYG 810         Biological Bases of Behavior 

PSYG 814         Integrated Healthcare

PSYG 815         Evidence-Based Practice 

PSYG 815L       Evidence-Based Practice Lab (1 credit) 

PSYG 816         Advanced Topics in Human Diversity 

PSYG 818         Statistical Applications 

PSYG 820         Methods of Psychotherapy Integration 

PSYG 820L       Methods of Psychotherapy Integration Lab (1 credit) 

PSYG 824         Ethics and Professional Practice Issues 

PSYG 828         Cognitive/Affective Bases of Behavior 

PSYG 829         Supervision and Consultation 

PSYG 838         Social Bases of Behavior 

PSYG 844         Dissertation Mentoring I (1 credit) 

PSYG 845         Dissertation Mentoring II (1 credit) 

PSYG 846         Dissertation Mentoring III (1 credit) 

PSYG 848         The Role of the Professional Psychologist (1 credit) 

PSYG 913         Dissertation Advising I: Proposal Development Phase I (2 credits) 

PSYG 914         Dissertation Advising II: Proposal Development Phase II (2credits) 

PSYG 915         Dissertation Advising III: Proposal Development Phase III (2 credits) 


Following completion of PSYG 915, students must register for PSYG 918 Dissertation Advising – Continuation (2 credits) each semester until dissertation is defended.  


Practicum and Internship (15 credits) 

PSYG 901, 903, & 904      Practicum I (1.5 credits each semester) 

PSYG 905, 906, & 907      Practicum II (1.5 credits each semester) 

PSYI 991, 992, 993            Internship I, II, and III (2 credits each semester) 


Doctoral Electives (9 credits) 

Required for Marriage & Family Therapy Concentration: 

PSYG 852         Treating the Contemporary Family 

PSYG 855         Family Therapy with Young Children 

PSYG 859         Advanced Practice of Family Therapy 


Required for Psychological Assessment Concentration: 

PSYG 863         Advanced Personality Assessment 

PSYG 865         Assessment of Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities 

PSYG 869         Neuropsychological Assessment  


Year V Requirement (3 credits) 

Students select three courses from the above list of electives and also complete either an additional practicum in Year V (PSYG 908-909, 3 credits) or an additional elective course selected from the list above. 



Each student must pass a written Comprehensive Examination and a Clinical Competency Examination. If either examination is not passed on the first attempt, the student has two opportunities to retake the Comprehensive Examination and one opportunity to retake the Clinical Competency Examination. Students who do not pass the Comprehensive Examination by the third attempt or the Clinical Competency Examination by the second attempt will be dismissed from the program.  



Each student must complete a dissertation, which may consist of an original empirical research study, an extensive critical review and integration of the literature on a topic in the field, or a detailed clinical analysis of a series of cases representing a particular problem or diagnosis. The student must successfully defend the dissertation before a committee of faculty members.  


The Dissertation Process: 

  • Statistical Applications (Year III)
    This course reviews the basic methods of statistical analysis for quantitative data and introduces the student to computer software used for data analysis. 
  • Dissertation Mentoring I, II, III. Starting with the summer semester of Year II, students begin a course sequence that is designed to assist them in determining a dissertation topic and developing the dissertation proposal. 
  • Dissertation Advising I: Proposal Development Phase I. Following the third semester of Dissertation Mentoring, students meet individually with the Dissertation Chair to complete a full draft of the formal dissertation proposal and related requirements. 
  • Dissertation Advising II: Proposal Development Phase II.  Following completion of the proposal draft and review by the Dissertation Committee, students meet individually with the Dissertation Chair to incorporate feedback from the Committee and to complete the formal dissertation proposal. 
  • Dissertation Advising III:  Proposal Development Phase III.
    Following completion of the proposal, students meet individually with the Dissertation Chair to complete and submit the IRB application and related requirements, and to secure IRB approval to conduct the dissertation research. 
  • Dissertation Advising: Continuation.  Students continue and complete the dissertation project under the guidance of the Dissertation Chair, in collaboration with committee members.