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PhD in Clinical Psychology Degree Requirements

The PhD in Clinical Psychology degree at Palo Alto University (PAU) is designed for those who seek careers as clinicians and researchers in their chosen concentration. Students attend classes at our Palo Alto and Los Altos campuses.

Are You Ready to Earn Your PhD in Clinical Psychology?

The PhD in Clinical Psychology program takes an average of five years to complete and is open to individuals who hold a bachelor's or master's degree and have completed the required prerequisites prior to applying for admission. Space in the program is limited, and students must complete each step of the admissions process to be considered for admission. Upon acceptance, students are required to complete academic coursework as well as clinical training.

What You Need in Order to Graduate

The PhD in Clinical Psychology program at PAU requires that candidates complete 150 units of required coursework and 18 elective units for a total of 168 units, which typically takes three years for full-time attendees. During their final two years of full-time enrollment, students complete other graduation requirements.

  • Publication and Presentation: Students must make a significant contribution to a peer-reviewed journal article, book chapter, or literary contribution to another scholarly publication.
  • Milestones: In addition to the Oral Clinical Competency Exam, three written exams on research competency, clinical competency, and assessment competency must be taken. Additionally, students are required to complete a dissertation of 30 minimum units, a 12-unit internship, and at least two years of practicums.

The PhD in Clinical Psychology program at Palo Alto University expands opportunities for academic success and professional advancement. Check out our frequently asked questions about our program to learn more.