Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
Length of Program and Time Commitment
Students enter as a cohort and complete all courses in a prescribed sequence. The program is designed so that all requirements for the Psy.D. degree can be completed in six years, although some students require additional time to complete the dissertation. Students who enter the program in Year I have a maximum of eight (8) years to complete all degree requirements. Students who enter the program with Advanced Standing have a maximum of seven (7) years to complete all degree requirements.
Students attend classes three semesters a year, from late August to late July. Doctoral classes are normally scheduled between 12 noon and 10 PM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Year I students must also take classes on Fridays during the fall and spring terms. Practica and internship require additional hours and require the student to be available during the day. One year of full-time study is required in Year III to meet residency requirements. Students admitted to Year II who must complete foundational or elective courses at the 500-600 level may be required to take these courses Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Friday. See the course schedule for additional information about the sequence of courses and credit loads per semester.
While many students are able to maintain a work schedule while enrolled in the program, it is important to keep in mind that the course load, especially in Years I, II, and III, requires a substantial commitment of time and energy. Starting in Year IV, students also need to allocate several hours a week to work on their dissertations.
For detailed information on completion time, attrition rates, internship placement rates, and program costs, see "Student Outcomes, Admissions, and Other Data".