Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Graduation Requirements




1.  Students must complete a total of 115 quarter units to fulfill the unit requirement for graduation. A total of 106 academic units and a total of 9 pre-doctoral internship units.

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 dissertation 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, Dissertation, 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, as well as Depth Psychology and Humanities. Students must pass all components of the Comprehensive Examination Portfolio 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 and research skills related to evaluating research as well as creating a study with focus on clinical application. The course serves as a foundation for writing of a Clinical Research Project (CRP) and focuses on the completion of an initial proposal. During the third year, in order to assure timely completion of the Clinical Research Project, students are expected to (1) finalize the composition of their CRP committee, (2) complete Introduction, Literature Review and Methods sections and (3) finalize their ethics application. During the fourth year students will be expected to (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.

For a full description of these requirements consult the current edition of the Clinical Research Project 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 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.  

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 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.