The requirements to obtain the Psychology Doctorate degree are:
- Approve all required and elective courses, as well as all practicum and seminars while maintaining a good standing in the University. A minimum of 86 credits is needed to satisfy the academic requirements. Additionally, the student will complete all required clinical training hours and a 2000 pre-doctoral internship hours. The doctoral dissertation and the pre-doctoral internship do not carry credit value as they are computed by the hour
- Successfully complete 1100 hours of clinical practice during the first 6 semesters of the program as follows:a. 2 hours per week for 25 weeks of the first and second semester of the first year attending PSY 581/582 for a total of 50 hours per semester
b. 2 hours each week of the first and second semester of the second year attending didactic sessions (PSY 683 / 685) and 8 hours per week of direct clinical contact during 25 weeks for a total of 250 semester hours.
c. 2 hours each week of the first and second semester of the second year attending didactic sessions (PSY 786 / 787) and 8 hours per week of direct clinical contact during 25 weeks for a total of 250 semester hours.
- Approve the Comprehensive Examination offered by the end of the second year and the Clinical Practice Examination (CPX) to be taken by the end of the third year.
- Complete 2000 hours of a doctoral internship. The internship may be completed in 40 hours per week during a 12-month period (Full Time) or 20 hours per week in a 24-month period (Half Time).
- Present a research project (doctoral dissertation) directly related to the field of Psychology, preferably, on a topic related to Professional Psychology, or an Intensive Case Study.