Nov 29, 2020  
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 
    
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Clinical Psychology, Ph.D.


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Doctor of Philosophy Program


The Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered in the areas of clinical, developmental, industrial/organizational, and social psychology. The department of psychology only accepts full-time graduate students.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the college graduate admission requirements, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for unconditional admission to the Ph.D. in Psychology program:

Requirements include either a baccalaureate degree in psychology or an undergraduate degree that includes 24 semester hours in psychology; a 3.00 (A=4.00) grade point average in the most recent 60 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate courses; Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores; three letters of recommendation; and a goals statement. (Verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing GRE scores are examined separately and evaluated as one information source in the total application.)

The psychology department admits only students whose objective is a Doctor of Philosophy degree. Admission is for the fall semester only, with a December 15 deadline for the Clinical Program; January 15 for the I/O, Social, and Developmental Programs. Prospective students should apply directly to the department. Applicants are being accepted for the Developmental Program in the area of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at this time. Students interested in Clinical Neuropsychology should apply to the Clinical Program; applications are no longer accepted to a separate Clinical Neuropsychology Program.

Between 20 and 25 students are accepted annually from approximately 300 applicants. Successful applicants have approximately a 3.50 (A=4.00) grade point average and average scores in the 600s on both the GRE verbal and quantitative tests.

Application information may be found at the Psychology Department website.

Program Requirements


Master of Arts Degree (45 semester hours)


Distribution electives taken from foundation courses or equivalents (6 semester hours)

Research or applied practica (12 semester hours)

Major concentration (12 semester hours)

Thesis research including (6 semester hours)

Doctor of Philosophy Degree (27 semester hours)


Major area, minor area, and specified related courses (15 semester hours)

Dissertation research (12 semester hours)

Total (minimum) 72


Students must also complete a thesis, dissertation, comprehensive examination, and any special requirements of the major area of concentration.

Special Academic Regulations


Three grades of C or lower during the course of the graduate program are grounds for automatic dismissal. The master’s degree should be completed within two years after admission to graduate school. The Ph.D. degree is expected to be completed by students within four years after admission to graduate school for those areas not requiring internship, externship, or practicum, and within five years after admission for those areas requiring internship, externship, or practicum. The maximum expected time allowed for the completion of the Ph.D. degree after admission is six years for those areas not requiring an internship, externship, or practicum and seven years for those areas requiring internship, externship, or practicum. A satisfactory rate of progress toward completion of the degree requirements is required throughout enrollment. The department may terminate a student’s enrollment at any time if the rate of progress or academic performance is not satisfactory.

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