Doctor of Psychology in the Field of Clinical Psychology

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

Satisfactory completion of at least 83 credits of approved graduate coursework. A maximum of 12 credits may be taken in courses offered by the other affiliated members of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. Doctor of psychology students must complete all degree requirements within five years of matriculation in the program.

Successful completion of all required coursework and practical requirements and the general examination.

The Degree of Master of Psychology

Students who have earned 53 credits toward the PsyD may receive the MPsy degree. Further information on the requirements of the Doctor of Psychology degree appears under Professional Psychology in the Courses of Instruction.

The three-year program includes:
The core curriculum:
PSYD 8201Psychological Assessment I
PSYD 8202Psychological Assessment II
PSYD 8270Current Topics in Clinical Psychology (Courses offered each year under PSYD 8270 include: Psychological Assessment III, Empirical Research, Prevention, Supervision)
PSYD 8203Practicum in Clinical Psychology
PSYD 8204Biological Bases of Clinical Psychology
PSYD 8205Psychodynamic Psychopathology
PSYD 8206Cognitive Bases of Clinical Psychology
PSYD 8207Group and Organizational Dynamics
PSYD 8209Statistics and Research Design
PSYD 8210Professional Issues
PSYD 8220Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
PSYD 8221Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
PSYD 8222Behavioral–Cognitive Therapies
PSYD 8225Theories of Mind
PSYD 8226Ego Psychology/Object Relations Theory
PSYD 8227History and Systems of Clinical Psychology
PSYD 8260Lifespan Development
PSYD 8231Short-Term Psychotherapy (PSYD 8231/Short-Term Psychotherapy or PSYD 8240/Group Psychotherapy is required)
PSYD 8240Group Psychotherapy (PSYD 8231/Short-Term Psychotherapy or PSYD 8240/Group Psychotherapy is required)
PSYD 8246Community Intervention (Consultation)
Completion of the practicum seminar/PSYD 8203 for each fall and spring semester as well as two practicum during the summers
Courses chosen from the areas of adult and child psychotherapy or psychological assessment to total 83 credits
Satisfactory completion of the General Examination

In addition, successful completion of an externship—a year-long, part-time supervised clinical assignment—is required in two years of the program. A failed externship may, in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the program director, be repeated. If the student fails a second time, no further opportunity will be provided, and the student’s degree candidacy is terminated.

A one-year, full-time internship at an institution approved by the program faculty is required for completion of the degree program. If the student fails the internship, no further opportunity will be provided, and the student’s degree candidacy is terminated.

Transfer of Credit

Provisions are the same as those of the Doctor of Philosophy Program, above, except that up to 27 credits may be transferred into the program.

The General Examination

Students are required to complete the general examination no later than the beginning of the final semester of the program. A student who fails to pass any part of the general examination may, in exceptional circumstances, and with the approval of the program, repeat the examination at the next scheduled date. If the student fails a second time, no further opportunity to take the examination is permitted and the student’s degree candidacy is terminated.

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