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 99 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.

I. Core Course Work (54cr)

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 Introduction to Therapeutic Techniques 3cr
    PSYC 831 Advanced Therapeutic Techniques 3cr
    PSYC 832 Therapeutic Techniques Lab 3cr
    PSYC 834 Couples and Family Therapy 3cr
  2. Methods of Assessment and Evaluation:
    PSYC 841 Psychometrics and Intellectual Assessment 3cr
    PSYC 842 Assessment of Personality and Psychopathology 3cr
  3. Research and Methodology:
    PSYC 801 Univariate Research Methods 3cr
    PSYC 802 Multivariate Research Methods 3cr
    PSYC 803 Applied Research Methods 3cr
  4. Individual Differences:
    PSYC 835 Adult Psychopathology 3cr
    PSYC 836 Personality and Psychotherapy 3cr
    PSYC 853 Issues in Developmental Psychology 3cr
  5. Physiological Bases of Behavior:
    PSYC 856 Psychopharmacology 3cr
    PSYC 857 Clinical Neuropsychology 3cr
  6. Cognitive Bases of Behavior:
    PSYC 852 Behavioral, Cognitive, and Affective Basis of Behavior 3cr
  7. Social Bases of Behavior:
    PSYC 855 Human Diversity 3cr
    PSYC 858 Advanced Social Psychology 3cr
  8. History of Psychology:
    PSYC 810 Historical Trends in Psychology 3cr

II. Elective Course Work/Special Proficiency: (9cr)

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

III. Practicum, Internship, and Professional Issues: (30cr)

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.

PSYC 920 Professional Issues and Ethics I 1cr
PSYC 921 Professional Issues and Ethics II 1cr
PSYC 922 Professional Issues and Ethics III 1cr
PSYC 976 Introduction to Supervision & Consultation 3cr
PSYC 993 Advanced Psychological Practicum 1-21cr
A total of 9 credits of PSYC 993 is required.
PSYC 994 Internship 3cr

Internal Practicum: (12 credits required)

PSYC 971 Therapy Clinic 1 3cr
PSYC 972 Therapy Clinic 1I 3cr
PSYC 973 Assessment Clinic 1I 3cr

IV. Doctoral Project: (9cr)

PSYC 995 Doctoral Dissertation 3-9cr

V. Comprehensive Academic and Professional Examinations: (0cr)

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 coursework 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.

VI. 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 54 credits for the MA must include nine hours of practicum and 45 hours of the core coursework 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.

VII. Transfer of Graduate Credit

Applicants who have completed coursework at other institutions may request transfer of credit. A maximum of 33 semester hours of credit may be approved. A portion, but not all, of the practicum requirements may be transferred for equivalent supervised experience.

VIII. Progression through the Program

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.