College of Science and Health > Academics > Psychology > Graduate Programs > Clinical Psychology (MA/PhD) > Degree Requirements
The MA degree requires a minimum of 76 quarter hours beyond the completion of a bachelor’s degree, including four quarter hours of thesis research.
Students are required to complete a total of 3 quarters of PSY 499 for the MA requirements.
Students are required to complete a total of 3 quarters of PSY 565 for the MA requirements.
Three quarters of clinical practicum need to be successfully completed. The Director of Clinical Training must approve the practicum placement in advance. All practicum courses are zero credit hours.
Master's Thesis Requirements
Complete a thesis on a topic approved by the department. The finished thesis should reflect the research process which usually includes: identifying a problem, reviewing literature to find theoretical perspectives and research findings relevant to the problem, developing specific and testable hypotheses, developing methodology for the investigation, conducting the investigation, analyzing results of the investigation, and discussing the implications and limitations of these results.
The examination is an oral defense of the student’s thesis.
The PhD degree requires a minimum of 16 quarter hours beyond the completion of the master’s degree, including four quarter hours of dissertation research. The following requirements must be completed to confer the PhD.
Students are required to complete a total of 3 quarters of PSY 565 for the PhD requirements.
At least three additional courses consistent with an area of emphasis are required to reach the minimum number of hours required for the PhD.
Six quarters of clinical practicum need to be successfully completed. The Director of Clinical Training must approve the practicum placement in advance. All practicum courses are zero credit hours.
If students choose to complete additional years of practicum beyond the required minimum, students should enroll in PSY 574 (taken separately in AQ, WQ, and SQ).
Designed to assess the student’s general knowledge of clinical psychology and the student’s area of emphasis (clinical-child or clinical-community). The examination is given in two sections. One section consists of an examination in the areas represented by the required courses in clinical psychology. A second section consists of an examination in the student’s area of emphasis -- clinical-child or clinical-community psychology. An alternative to the Doctoral Candidacy Examination is to complete a major comprehensive review paper based on the literature within an area relevant to the field of clinical psychology. This paper must be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed clinical psychology journal.
Formally given to the student with satisfactory coursework performance who has successfully completed the master’s thesis and passed the Doctoral Candidacy Examination; the candidate has no more than five years from this date to complete the PhD requirements or dismissal from the program will ensue.
Students denied candidacy will be required to withdraw from the program.
One-year supervised internship in an approved doctoral training site. Students typically intern during the final year of the program.
Departmental committee approval and acceptance of topic and outline of dissertation given only after admission to doctoral candidacy.
Student to defend dissertation and to show competence in the general field of psychology and in the area of specialization of the dissertation.
The clinical psychology program requires a minimum of three full-time academic years of graduate coursework and residency, a master's thesis and dissertation, comprehensive exam/project, and completion of an internship prior to awarding the doctoral degree. The program's residency requirement is addressed through the requirement that students complete their coursework in face-to-face classes during the first three years in the program, and complete their required graduate assistantship and teaching assistantship roles in person. Students are required to complete the internship before the degree is awarded.
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