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Clinical Psychology Specialization Curriculum Info

Students complete 107 credit hours for the psychology Ph.D. degree with a specialization in clinical psychology. The required courses include 24 credit hours that form a core sequence completed by all Ph.D. students in the Department of Psychology. An average grade of 3.0 with not more than one C must be achieved in PSYC 501-504. In addition to other required clinical courses, students are required to complete 4 credit hours of practicum (PSYC 533), 37 hours of research credits (PSYC 591, 597, 691), and 15 hours of electives. The Ph.D. degree course requirements are listed below.

Core Courses

Required CoursesCredit Hours
PSYC 501 Physiological Foundations of Behavior
PSYC 502 Social Bases of Behavior
PSYC 503 Learning, Cognition, and Motivation
PSYC 504 Individual & Cultural Differences
PSYC 540 Research Methods
PSYC 545 Graduate Statistics I
PSYC 546 Graduate Statistics II
PSYC 554 Multivariate Statistics
PSYC 505 History and Systems of Psychology

Basic Clinical Courses

Required CoursesCredit Hours
PSYC 508 Ethics and Professional Issues I
PSYC 509 Ethics and Professional Issues II
PSYC 523 Theories of Psychotherapy
PSYC 525 Developmental Psychopathology
PSYC 526 Psychopathology

Practice Courses

Required CoursesCredit Hours
PSYC 510 Assessment I
PSYC 512 Assessment II
PSYC 506 Therapy I (or 518 Basic Clinical Skills and 519 Therapy IA)
PSYC 507 Therapy II
PSYC 533 Clinical Practicum
PSYC 599 Internship


Required CoursesCredit Hours
PSYC 597 Independent Research
PSYC 591 Masters Thesis
PSYC 691 Dissertation research


Five courses. Recent offerings: Affective Disorders, Assessment and Treatment of Young Children, Childhood Cognitive Development, Eating & Weight Disorders, Health Psychology, Mindfulness-Based Therapies, Neuropsychological Assessment, Psychometric Theory Sport and Health, Structural Equation Modeling

Course descriptions can be found in the current Graduate Bulletin.

Typical Program

(Note: Electives are taken as desired, including the summer. Practica typically include at least some of the summer.)


508 Ethics and Professional Issues I  
526 Psychopathology  
Fall Spring
545 Graduate Statistics I 546 Graduate Statistics II
504 Individual & Cultural Differences 501 Biological Bases of Behavior
510 Assessment I (cognitive) 512 Assessment II (personality)
525 Developmental Psychopathology 523  Theories of Psychotherapy
597 Research (1 hr) 597 Research (1 hr)



Fall Spring
503 Learning, Cognition, and Motivation 502 Social Bases of Behavior 
506 Therapy I 507 Therapy II
540 Research Methods 591 Master's Thesis
591 Master's Thesis Elective
533 Practicum (1 hr) 533 Practicum (1 hr)
597 Research (1 hr) 597 Research (1 hr)



Fall Spring
554 Multivariate Statistics 509 Ethics and Professional Issues II
Elective(s) Elective
597 Research (1 hr) 597 Research (1 hour)
533 Practicum (1 hr.) 533 Practicum (1 hr.)
  505 History and Systems (offered odd numbered years)


Electives as needed, 691 Dissertation , 599 Internship

Complete Program Description (PDF)
Forms for Current Students
Graduate Bulletin