Doctoral Program (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology

Doctoral study in the helping professions rooted in psychology and the Catholic tradition.


Psy.D. Curriculum

IPS graduates with a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology are well prepared to meet today’s mental health challenges. As licensed clinical psychologists our alumni are working in private practice; conducting assessments and running therapy groups in various clinical settings; serving as resident therapists in dioceses and seminaries; and writing and speaking on topics in the field of psychology.

The Psy.D. Program consists of 122 semester credit hours of course work (see below).  Students must also complete a minimum of 1,250 hours of clinical externship, of which 750 hours occur in the Center for Psychological Services; pass a series of comprehensive exams, author and defend a doctoral dissertation, and complete a pre-doctoral internship. Typically students will also complete additional clinical placements in other sites outside of the Institute. Doctoral students must be continuously enrolled until they have completed all program requirements, including the dissertation and internship.  Scroll down to see the Program Objectives.

A typical path for the completion of the program by students enrolled full-time is as follows:

LIB 500 Library and Information Use and Research
PHT 502 Philosophical and Theological Anthropology
PSY 500 Psychology: History and Systems
PSY 504 Psychological Measurement
PSY 507 Psychopathology
PSY 516 Basic Interviewing and Clinical Skills
PSY 610 Child Psychotherapy
PSY 611 Marital Therapy
PHT 614 Practical Reasoning and Moral Character
PSY 721 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 760 Professional Roles and Issues

PSY 503 Personality Theories
PSY 512 Law, Ethics, and Psychology
PSY 608 Cognitive/Behavioral Assessment
PHT 635 Theology of Marriage and Family
PSY 609 Adult Psychotherapy
PSY 613 Personality Assessment
PSY 718 Research Design for Psychological Sciences
PSY 729 Advanced Statistical Methods
PSY 832 Integrative Dissertation Seminar

Electives (2)

PSY 701 Foundational Clinical Practicum/Externship I
PSY 702 Foundational Clinical Practicum/Externship II
PSY 724 Advanced Adult Psychotherapy
PSY 734 Advanced Child, Marital, and Family Therapy I
PSY 735 Advanced Child, Marital, and Family Therapy II
PSY 736 Child Psychopathology
PSY 822 Biological Bases of Behavior
PSY 825 Social Psychology
PSY 827 Cultural, Religious, and Individual Diversity in Clinical Practice
PSY 836 Advanced Personality Assessment
PSY 899 Dissertation

PHT 633 Major World Philosophies and Religions
PSY 535 Integration of Psychology and Spirituality
PSY 605 Developmental Psychology
PSY 801 Advanced Clinical Practicum/Externship I
PSY 802 Advanced Clinical Practicum/Externship II
PSY 820 Group Psychotherapy
PSY 830 The Psychologist as Supervisor and Educator
PSY 899 Dissertation

PSY 899 Dissertation
PSY 890 Pre-Doctoral Internship (off campus)

Please click here for a PDF document of the Program Training Handbook.