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PhD Requirements Clinical Psychology Specialization

The following courses are required for the PhD degree in Psychology with Clinical Specialization.  The sequence below is a recommended progression through the graduate program, but all students will work with the Academic Advisor, Faculty Mentor, and the Director of Clinical Training to tailor their program depending on individual circumstances, including one’s background and licensure requirements.

PhD Requirements

Credits
Year 1: Semester 1  
  Information Competency and Library Use 2
  Proseminar: Humanistic Psychology 0
  Developmental Psychology 3
  History and Systems of Psychology 3
  Biological Bases of Behavior 3
  Theories of Personality 3
  Graduate Colloquium: First Year Experience 0
Year 1: Semester 2  
  Ethics in Psychotherapy and Psychological Research 3
  Psychopathology and Diagnosis 3
  Systems of Psychotherapy 3
  Methods of Research 3
  Graduate Colloquium: First Year Experience 0
Year 2: Semester 1  
  Multicultural Psychology 3
  Statistics 3
  Clinical Intervention I 3
  Elective course 3
  Graduate Colloquium: Second Year/Pre-practicum Experience 0
Year 2: Semester 2
  Cognition & Affect in Human Behavior 3
  Health Psychology 3
  Clinical Intervention II 3
  Elective course 3
  Graduate Colloquium: Second Year/Pre-practicum Experience 0
Year 3: Semester 1  
  Cognitive Assessment 3
  Advanced Research Methods 3
  Clinical Intervention III 3
  Clinical Practicum I 3
  Graduate Colloquium: Comprehensive Exam Preparation 0
Year 3: Semester 2
  Personality Assessment 3
  Social Psychology 3
  Intervention IV 3
  Practicum II 3
  Graduate Colloquium: Comprehensive Exam Preparation 0
  Comprehensive Exam 1
Year 4: Semester 1
  Dissertation Proposal I 3
  Psychopharmacology 3
  Elective course 3
  Pre-doctoral Internship 0
  Graduate Colloquium: Internship Experience 0
Year 4: Semester 2
  Dissertation Proposal II 3
  Elective course 3
  Elective course 3
  Pre-doctoral Internship 0
  Graduate Colloquium: Internship Experience 0
Year 5: Semester 1  
  Dissertation 6
  Graduate Colloquium: Advanced Candidacy 0
Year 5: Semester 2
  Dissertation 6
  Graduate Colloquium: Advanced Candidacy 0
 
Total Credits Required: 105

Students entering the program with an MA/MS degree or prior graduate work may be eligible to transfer up to 15 credits applied to Electives:
-prior graduate degree transfer credit, up to 15 credits
-prior Saybrook non-degree certificate transfer credit, up to 15 credits
-prior Saybrook non-degree transfer credit, up to 9 credits

* Additional electives can be taken. This will result in exceeding the minimum number of credits required for the degree.

Completion of this curriculum does NOT result in completing an APA accredited program. Saybrook's clinical specialization program is not APA accredited. However, completing an APA equivalent academic program may be of some benefit regarding licensure in some states. For further information, if you are a prospective student, please contact admissions@saybrook.edu. If you are an enrolled student, please contact the Director of Clinical Training.

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Or, to  find out more about the PhD with specialization in Clinical Psychology is for you, please email admissions@saybrook.edu or call 800-825-4480.