Ph.D. Clinical Psychology: Graduation Requirements

1. Residence requirement

The Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 3 full-time academic years of graduate study (full-time is defined as at least 27 units per year; starting in Year 5, full-time is defined as a minimum of 3 units per quarter) and completion of an internship prior to awarding the doctoral degree.

Number of units required to graduate: 168 units

a. Required Courses: 150 units

b. Elective units: 18 units

2. Personal Therapy Requirement

8 Hours of individual psychotherapy with a doctoral-level licensed psychologist or board-eligible psychiatrist. Personal therapy hours are required prior to registration for the Oral Clinical Competency Exam.

3. Publication/Presentation Requirement

Students must make a meaningful contribution to the scientific literature in the form of a peer-reviewed journal publication, book chapter, or significant scholarly product (e.g., develop treatments/manual for unique population).

4. Milestones

a. Competency/Area Exams

-(Written) Research Competency Examination 

-(Written) Clinical Competency Examination 

-(Written) Assessment Competency Examination 

​-Oral Clinical Competency Examination

b. Practicum. Students must complete Practicums in the 2nd year (Gronowski Center) and 3rd year (External Practicum). Although 4th year is optional, virtually all students complete a second year of external practicum to obtain diverse clinical training experiences and accrue more clinical hours to be competitive for internship. 

c. Dissertation: 30 units (minimum) 

d. Internship: 12 units