Doctoral Program (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology

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

Academics

Psy.D. Curriculum

The Psy.D. Degree requirements are designed to be completed in five years of full-time study, four years of academic coursework on-campus, and one year in a pre-doctoral internship site. Students are expected to enroll on a full-time basis throughout the completion of academic coursework. In rare cases where significant, extenuating circumstances are present, students may petition the Academic Dean for an exemption to enroll part-time; however, this exemption period must not exceed one academic year.

Students normally enroll in 14-17 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters and 6-7 credit hours in the summer sessions. A typical course sequence for the completion of the program by students enrolled full-time is as follows.  Click here to download the PDF.

Academic Year I: Fall

LIB 500 Library: Information Use and Research
PHT 502 Philosophical and Theological Anthropology
PSY 512 Law, Ethics, and Psychology
PSY 516 Basic Interviewing and Clinical Skills
PSY 610 Child Psychotherapy

Academic Year I: Spring

PHT 614 Practical Reasoning and Moral Character
PSY 504 Psychological Measurement
PSY 507 Psychopathology
PSY 609 Adult Psychotherapy
PSY 827 Cultural, Religious, and Individual Diversity in Clinical Practice
PSY 832 Integrative Dissertation Seminar
(PSY Psychology Overview II)

Academic Year I: Summer

PSY 605 Developmental Psychology
PSY 721 Cognition & Emotion
PSY 899 Dissertation

Academic Year II: Fall

PSY 503 Personality Theories
PSY 500 History and Systems of Psychology
PSY 601 PsyD Introductory Practicum I
PSY 608 Cognitive/Behavioral Assessment
PSY 718 Research Design for the Psychological Sciences
PSY 822 Biological Bases of Behavior
PSY 899 Dissertation

Academic Year II: Spring

PHT 635 Theology of Marriage and Family
PSY 602 PsyD Introductory Practicum II
PSY 611 Marital Psychotherapy
PSY 613 Personality Assessment
PSY 729 Advanced Statistical Methods
PSY 899 Dissertation
(PSY 699 MS Comprehensive Exam)

Academic Year II: Summer

PSY 736 Advanced Child Psychopathology
PSY 825 Social Psychology
PSY 899 Dissertation

Academic Year III: Fall

PSY 701 Foundational Clinical Practicum/ Externship I
PSY 724 Advanced Adult Psychotherapy
PSY 734 Advanced Child, Marital, and Family Therapy I
ELECTIVE #1 _________________
PSY 899 Dissertation

Academic Year III: Spring

PSY 702 Foundational Clinical Practicum/ Externship II
PSY 836 Advanced Personality Assessment
ELECTIVE #2 _________________
PSY 899 Dissertation
(PSY 799 PsyD Comprehensive Exam)
(Dissertation Proposal)

Academic Year III: Summer

PSY 703 Foundational Clinical Practicum/ Externship III
PSY 760 Professional Roles and Issues
PSY 899 Dissertation

Academic Year IV: Fall
PSY 801 Advanced Clinical Practicum/Externship
PSY 820 Group Psychotherapy
PSY 830 The Psychologist as Consultant, Supervisor, and Educator
PSY 899 Dissertation

Academic Year IV: Spring

PHT 535 The Catholic Vision of Spiritual Maturity
PSY 802 Advanced Clinical Practicum/Externship II
PSY 899 Dissertation

Academic Year V: Fall

PSY 890 Pre-Doctoral Internship (0ff campus)
PSY 899 Dissertation (if needed)

Academic Year V: Spring

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

Academic Year V: Summer

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

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