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Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

Requirements for Graduation

1. Students must complete a total of 107 quarter units to fulfill the unit requirement for graduation.

2. A minimum grade of "B" is required in each completed course.

3. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained.

4. Students must meet attendance requirements as articulated in the Student Handbook. Students can only miss four classes throughout the academic year, and no more than one class in a specific academic course.

5. Students must submit and defend a Clinical Research Project accepted by the faculty.

6. Students are required to complete a minimum 1,000 hours of practicum.

7. Students are required to complete 1,500 hours of internship.

8. Students are required to complete 60 hours of personal therapy.

9. Students must successfully pass the Comprehensive Examination at the end of the third year.

10. Students must comply with all the policies and procedures articulated in the Student, Clinical Research Project, and Clinical Handbooks.

Comprehensive Examination
The Comprehensive Examination is designed to assess student competencies in the area of each of the three Program Domains: Clinical Practice, Research and Scholarly Inquiry, and Depth Psychology and Humanities. Students must pass all components of the Comprehensive Examination in order to advance to the fourth year in this Clinical Psychology Program.

Clinical Research Project
The Clinical Research Project Development course (CY 955) emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills related to evaluating research studies and the writing of a Clinical Research Project (CRP) in clinical psychology. The course focuses on the completion of an initial proposal, which contains a literature review of the seminal sources, a well-defined clinical research question, a preliminary review of method(s) to be used in addressing the question and an explication of the relevance of the question for the practice of clinical psychology. At the beginning of the third year in order to assure timely completion of the Clinical Research Project students must (1) complete the composition of their CRP committee, (2) complete Introduction, Literature Review and Methods sections and (3) finalize their ethics application. In addition students are encouraged to begin their data collection and analysis. At the beginning of the fourth year in order to assure timely completion of the Clinical Research Project students must (1) complete data collection (2) complete data analysis (3) complete the final CRP document including Results and Discussion sections (the Discussion section needs to include implications of CRP for the advancement of the practice of clinical psychology), (4) participate successfully in the Oral Defense of the CPR and (5) complete the final document edits as required by the Dissertation Office.



A minimum of 1,000 hours of practicum and 1,500 hours of internship are required. Students will be placed in practicum by the Director of Clinical Training. Students must obtain Internship through a competitive application process. It is recommended that internships be completed in a multidisciplinary setting offering a variety of training experiences. The choice of a culturally diverse site is encouraged.

For a full description of all clinical training requirements consult the current edition of the Clinical Training Handbook.




Each Student is assigned a Faculty Advisor for mentorship throughout the program. Faculty Advisors meet regularly with their student advisees to monitor their academic performance, discuss research interests, oversee clinical development, assist with Clinical Research Project progress, and provide personal and professional support. 


This curriculum is not intended to meet all the requirements of each state for licensure in clinical psychology. California students acquire regional accredited doctoral training necessary for licensure as a clinical psychologist in the state of California. Students may need to meet additional licensure requirements in their home states. Each student is responsible for determining and remaining current on their state licensure requirements.