Requirements and Details

Total Program: 120 semester hours

Year 1 coursework:

Code Course Title Units
PSY 605 Advanced Statistics I 3
PSY 605L SPSS Lab (Univariate) 1
PSY 606 Advanced Statistics II 3
PSY 606L SPSS Lab (Univariate) 1
PSY 608 Cognitive & Intellectual Assessment 3
PSY 610 Professional Development Seminar 0, 0
PSY 612 Advanced Psychopathology 3
PSY 614 Clinical Skills & Interviewing Techniques 3
PSY 615 Psychotherapy Efficacy and Outcome 3
PSY 617 Professional Issues & Ethics 3
PSY 623 Advanced Multicultural Competency I 3
PSY 624 Advanced Multicultural Competency II 3
PSY 628 Personality Assessment I 3

Year 2 coursework:

Code Course Title Units
PSY 603 Psychological Measurement 3
PSY 629 Personality Assessment II 3
PSY 635, PSY 636 Practicum I, II 2, 2
PSY 635L, PSY 636L Supervision Lab I, II 1, 1
PSY 640 Quantitative Research Methods 3
PSY 641 Qualitative Research Methods 3
PSY 645 Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy 3
PSY 645A Third-Wave Behavioral Treatment and Mindfulness-Based Approaches 3
PSY 647 Advanced Group Psychotherapy 3
PSY 649 Full Battery Assessment 3
PSY 660 Clinical Competency Exam 0

Year 3 coursework:

Code Course Title Units
PSY 604 Biological Bases of Behavior 3
PSY 633 Advanced Human Development 3
PSY 637 Advanced History & Systems 3
PSY 638 Cognitive & Affective Bases of Behavior 3
PSY 639 Advanced Social Psychology 3
PSY 643 Medical Psychology 3
PSY 655, PSY 656 Practicum III, IV 2, 2
PSY 661, PSY 662 Dissertation I, II 3, 3

Year 4 coursework:

Code Course Title Units
PSY 663, 664 Dissertation III, IV 3, 3
PSY 670, PSY 671 Adv. Supervision Skills I, II 1, 1
PSY 670L, PSY 671L Supervision Lab I, II 1, 1
PSY 672, PSY 673 Adv. Consultation Skills I, II 1, 1

Electives: A minimum of 8 semester hours from the following

Code Course Title Units
PSY 644 Counseling Older Adults 1
PSY 651 Substance Abuse: Detection and Treatment 1
PSY 652 Child Abuse: Detection & Treatment 1
PSY 653 Human Sexuality 1
PSY 654 Domestic Violence 1
PSY 657A Practicum V 1
PSY 657B Practicum VI 1
PSY 690 Selected Topics 1-3
PSY 699 Independent Study 1-3

Year 5 coursework:

Code Course Title Units
PSY 680A, PSY 680B Full-time Internship I, II 5, 5

*Course offerings subject to change

Applicants to the Psy.D. program must submit the following materials postmarked by December 31st (for admissions the following fall semester) to the office of Graduate Admissions:

1. Application for Admission form and a non-refundable application fee.

2. Official undergraduate transcripts from a regionally-accredited institution. An undergraduate major in psychology is required. Coursework in the major must include: introductory/general psychology, statistics, experimental psychology/research methods, and abnormal psychology; and two of the following courses: history and systems of psychology, social psychology, theories of personality, human development/developmental psychology, clinical psychology, physiological psychology/biopsychology, multicultural psychology, psychological testing/psychometrics, cognitive psychology, learning/memory, or sensation and perception. A minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.30 is required. A Masters degree is not required for admission and a Masters GPA may not be substituted for a deficient undergraduate GPA.

3. International students must submit proof of proficiency in the English language via a satisfactory total TOEFL score. The minimum required TOEFL total score for the 3 versions of the TOEFL are: 600 (paper-based version), 250 (computer-based version), and 100 (internet-based version). International students must also provide proof of financial sponsorship and financial statements.

4. Official test scores for the GRE General test (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing). The minimum required GRE scores are 300 (Verbal and Quantitative combined) and 3.5 (Analytical Writing). The GRE Psychology Subject test is recommended but not required. Scores must be recent (no older than 5 years).

5. Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic preparation, fieldwork, employment, or volunteer experience. All three letters must be from individuals who are qualified to objectively assess the applicant’s ability to succeed in doctoral-level study and potential to function competently as a professional clinical psychologist.

6. A current curriculum vitae.

7. A statement of professional goals and aspirations explaining why the applicant wants to pursue doctoral study in clinical psychology and outlining what the individual anticipates for his or her future as a result of earning the Psy.D.


Following receipt of all application materials, only applicants being considered for admission are interviewed. The program admits only full-time students and part-time applicants are not accepted. Interviews are held in February and include: individual interviews with core doctoral faculty members, a group experiential activity, a writing assignment, a campus tour, and meeting current students. The program strongly favors interviews to be held in person, but telephone interviews may be arranged for applicants from distant locations. Students are notified of their admission status by the middle of March, and are given until April 15th to respond. To be officially admitted to the program, students must provide documentation of having completed an undergraduate degree in psychology prior to enrolling in the fall. Only admitted students may take courses in the program.

Program Progress, Doctoral Candidacy, and the Clinical Competency Examination

Students are admitted into the program as pre-candidates. To be advanced for doctoral candidacy, pre-candidates must at a minimum (a) complete 92 semester hours of coursework, (b) complete a minimum of 1500 clinical practicum hours, (c) pass the Year 3 Clinical Competency Exam, PSY 660, and (d) complete PSY 662, Dissertation Proposal Defense. Evaluation for doctoral candidacy occurs after completion of both PSY 660 and PSY 662. All students must earn candidacy status in order to complete the program. Dismissal of a student may occur even after the conferring of can- didacy and passing the Clinical Competency Exam if the student’s personal or professional behavior does not continue to meet required standards for the profession.

M.S. in Psychology

Students may apply for an M.S. in Psychology at the completion of their second year of the Psy.D. Program (70 semester hours). This degree is intended only as an en route degree toward completion of the Psy.D. and is not a terminal master’s degree. Students must be in good academic standing at time of application and have successfully completed PSY 635, PSY 636 (Practicum I & II), PSY 635L, and PSY 636L (Supervision Lab I and II). The M.S. degree is awarded during fall of students’ third year in the program . Those awarded the degree may participate in the January Commencement following the award.

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement

Each student is required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of personal psychotherapy during the program. Students must complete a minimum of 10 hours of personal psychotherapy during each year of required practica (PSY 635-636, 655-656). Students must complete their 20 hours of personal psychotherapy prior to taking the Year 3 Clinical-Community Compe- tency Exam.


Courses in the Psy.D. curriculum are consistent with educational requirements for licensure in California. Because licensure requirements vary among states, students interested in practicing outside of California are encouraged to consult the licensing boards in the states where they intend to practice.