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School of Psychological Sciences Clinical Psychology Doctorate (PsyD)

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PsyD Degree Completion


The 4+1 option (120 credit hours) is the typical route for students entering the program. In this option, students complete their doctoral coursework in a four-year period. This allows students the opportunity to take additional courses of special interest, gain further expertise in specific clinical domains, focus more intensively on completing the dissertation before the predoctoral internship, or simply to take fewer credit hours per semester.

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The 3+1 option (111 credit hours) may be feasible for students with prior graduate education and professional clinical experience. Here, students take all the required doctoral coursework over a three-year period. They then complete a one-year internship as the final requirement in obtaining the degree. The 3 + 1 option requires a petition and committee approval. Students wishing to pursue this option should discuss this with their faculty advisor and/or the Director of Graduate Programs in Psychology prior to submission of the petition.

Master's degree option

Students in the doctoral program have the option of completing a master's degree by taking PSY-591 Case Conceptualization I, PSY-575 Group Therapy, and 3 hours of electives beyond the PsyD elective requirements.  Obtaining an MA may enhance students' chances of obtaining certain practica and some internship positions. 


Current students may petition to complete the doctorate on a part-time basis. Students who have been approved for part-time status must create a degree plan in consultation with their faculty advisor and the Director of Graduate Programs in Psychology to ensure that all required and prerequisite courses are sequenced appropriately. All students must complete the doctoral program within the seven-year time limit specified by the University.