Graduate Psychology Program Curriculum

  • The PsyD program is typically completed in four calendar years of full-time study plus an additional year of full-time internship. The curriculum requires a minimum of 102–104 semester hours of acceptable graduate credit. Each student must complete requirements for:

    1. Core course work
    2. Special proficiency/elective course work requirements 
    3. Practicum, internship, and professional issues 
    4. Doctoral project 
    5. Comprehensive academic and professional examinations 
    6. Master's and Doctoral candidacy

    In addition, a course in History and Systems in Psychology is required for graduation.

    A. Core Course Work

    The core courses are required of all students. These courses cover several areas of psychology and provide the scientific basis for professional practice.

    1. Methods of Behavior Change:
      PSYC 830 Methods of Intervention I 3 s.h.
      PSYC 831 Methods of Intervention II 3 s.h.
      PSYC 833 Clinical Group Techniques 3 s.h.
      PSYC 834 Family Therapy 3 s.h.
    2. Methods of Assessment and Evaluation:
      PSYC 841 Psychological Assessment I 3 s.h.
      PSYC 842 Psychological Assessment II 3 s.h.
    3. Research and Methodology:
      PSYC 801 Research Methods in Psychology I 3 s.h.
      PSYC 802 Clinical Research Methods 3 s.h.
      PSYC 803 Evaluation Research 3 s.h.
    4. Individual Differences:
      PSYC 835 Advanced Psychopathology 3 s.h.
      PSYC 836 Personality Theory and Systems of Psychotherapy 3 s.h.
      PSYC 853 Issues in Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.
    5. Physiological Bases of Behavior:
      PSYC 856 Drugs and Behavior 3 s.h.
      PSYC 857 Clinical Neuropsychology 3 s.h.
    6. Cognitive Bases of Behavior:
      PSYC 852 Models of Learning 3 s.h.
    7. Social Bases of Behavior:
      PSYC 855 Racial, Cultural, and Gender Issues in Psychology 3 s.h. PSYC 858 Advanced Social Psychology 3 s.h.
    8. History of Psychology: PSYC 810 Historical Trends in Psychology 3 s.h.

    B. Elective Course Work/Special Proficiency: three courses

    Students select three advanced courses in consultation with an adviser. Special elective packages include Child/Family and Behavioral Medicine.

    C. Practicum, Internship, and Professional Issues: 27 s.h.

    PSYC 920 Professional Issues 3 s.h.
    PSYC 993 Advanced Psychological Practicum 21 s.h.
    PSYC 994 Internship 3 s.h.

    Students will typically register for practicum experience throughout their program with sampling from diverse settings. During the final year, a full-time professional internship emphasizing depth and long-term involvement is required.

    D. Doctoral Project: 9 s.h.

    PSYC 995 Doctoral Project (Dissertation) 9 s.h.

    E. Comprehensive Academic and Professional Examinations: 0 s.h.

    Each year, an evaluation of clinical and professional competence will be made. This evaluation data will be shared with the student as feedback, and a joint effort will be made to remediate any deficiencies.

    Students must also pass a preliminary examination and a research proficiency evaluation covering basic knowledge appropriate for a professional psychologist. This examination will cover material related to all of the core course work areas.

    The Clinical Proficiency Evaluation is completed during the final year on campus. Students present assessment and therapy work samples to a committee of faculty members.

    Satisfactory performance on both the preliminary examination and the professional evaluations must be achieved before candidacy for the doctorate will be recommended. Serious deficiencies may result in recommendations for remedial work, reexamination, delay of candidacy, or termination from the program.

    F. Master's and Doctoral Candidacy

    Students will routinely obtain the master's degree en route to the doctorate. Requirements for candidacy for the MA degree include the successful completion of 24 credits of approved graduate course work with a grade point average of 3.0 and the recommendation of the Clinical Training Committee based on satisfactory academic and professional evaluations. The fifty-four credits for the MA must include nine hours of practicum and 45 hours of the core course work of the PsyD degree.

    The candidacy for the PsyD will be awarded following the completion of all MA requirements plus a minimum of an additional nine credits, successful performance on the preliminary examination and research proficiency evaluation, and satisfactory annual academic and professional evaluations. A grade point average of 3.0 is required for candidacy.

    G. Transfer of Graduate Credit

    Applicants who have completed coursework at other institutions may request transfer of credit. A maximum of 36 semester hours of credit may be approved. A portion, but not all, of the practicum requirements may be transferred for equivalent supervised experience.

    H. Part-time Study and Residency

    Students must complete two consecutive semesters or one summer plus the preceding or following semester of full-time study to meet residency requirements. At other times, students may complete part-time studies. All students complete a Plan of Study, which will include a detailed semester-by-semester outline of proposed course work and completion dates for exams, doctoral project, and internship. An average of 15 semester hours must be completed each year, and all requirements must be completed within seven years.

    Other Policies

    The Psychology Department has established guidelines for the registration and completion of the doctoral project, academic good standing, full-time student status, an appeals process, and other academic matters. These guidelines are explained in the Psychology Graduate Student Handbook. 

    Doctoral Program Handbook

    PsyD Student Handbook