Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Graduation Requirements

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Degree Requirements


Requirements for Graduation

  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.

Clinical Training
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.


Faculty Mentorship
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.


Preparation for Clinical Psychology Licensure
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.

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