Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Degree Requirements


Degree Requirements for Graduation

  1. Students must complete a total of 104 quarter units to fulfill the unit requirement for graduation.
  2. A minimum grade of "B" is required in each completed course. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained.
  3. Students must meet attendance requirements as articulated in the Student Handbook.
  4. Students must submit and defend an original dissertation accepted by the faculty.
  5. Students are required to complete a minimum 1,000 hours of practicum, 1,500 hours of intern ship, and 60 hours of personal therapy.
  6. Students must successfully pass the evaluation of their Comprehensive Examination Portfolio at the end of the third year.

Yearly Global Assessment

In order to evaluate each student's progress in both academic and clinical work, the faculty conduct a yearly Global Assessment process with each student at the end of the Spring Quarters. The result of this assessment can be: 1) endorsing the student's progress as satisfactory; 2) endorsing with reservations and recommendations; or 3) recommending that the student discontinue the program.

Comprehensive Examination Portfolio

Upon completion of ten quarters of Ph.D. coursework, a student in good academic standing is eligible to begin work on their Comprehensive Examination Portfolio. The Comprehensive Examination Portfolio 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 Portfolio in order to advance in the Clinical Psychology Program to Dissertation Writing (CP 990) or Internship.

Doctoral Dissertation

The dissertation process involves the completion of all courses in Research Designs and Methodology, Dissertation Development, and Dissertation Writing. Students must complete an approved concept paper before enrolling in Dissertation Writing. The dissertation committee is composed of a Chair, a Reader, and an External Reader. Selected committee members must possess an earned doctorate in psychology, unless this requirement is waived by the Director of Research.

For a full description of all dissertation requirements consult the current edition of the Dissertation Handbook.


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 highly recommended that these internships be completed in a multidisciplinary setting offering a variety of training experiences.

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 dissertation decisions, and provide personal and professional support. In addition, students have a chance to work with a variety of faculty in research and clinical practice interest groups, based on faculty scholarship interests.


This curriculum is not intended to meet all the requirements of each state for licensure in clinical psychology. Students will acquire the 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 regarding their state licensure requirements.

For a full description of all requirements, consult the current edition of the Pacifica Student Handbook.