Track II Doctoral Clinical Program

The Professional School of Psychology has offered graduate programs in psychology since 1979. The School focuses on quality education, preparation for professional practice, and meeting the educational needs of mature, working professionals. The Professional School of Psychology is approved under California Education Code 94310.2.

Students who enroll in the Doctor of Psychology — Clinical program typically intend to seek licensure as Psychologists. This program meets the academic requirements for the California Psychologist license granted through the California Board of Psychology. Prospective students must stay informed of the laws and regulations concerning licensure, available on the website of the Board of Psychology.

The Track II program is designed for students who have a masters degree in psychology or a closely related field but lack a limited number of key clinical classes.

The Application Process

The application process begins with a personal screening interview to ensure ‘goodness of fit’ with the program and educational philosophy of the School. With the concurrence of a representative of the School, a prospective student may visit a class. The Admissions Committee ordinarily communicates a decision on a completed application within two weeks. Requirements include a masters degree in psychology or a masters degree in a closely related field. Access to a computer, printer, and e-mail is essential.

Qualified students are allowed to take up to three classes or twelve units on a class by class (non-matriculated) basis, typically while they are gathering application material. In this case, students submit Part I of the application (received after a personal interview) and pay the per unit cost of the classes. If the student applies and is accepted into a program at the School, then both financial and academic credit can be applied to the program in which the student enrolls.

Course Requirements

TRACK II KEY MASTERS LEVEL COURSESQuarter Units
Psychopathology I5
Psychopathology II (Prerequisite: Psychopathology I)3
Theory & Techniques of Psychotherapy I4
Theory & Techniques of Psychotherapy II4
Ethics, Law and Psychology4

Total Units: 18

In addition, Behavioral Science Research Methods (2) and Psychological Tests and Measurements (4) are recommended for students without a background in clinical psychology.

DOCTORAL CORE COURSESQuarter Units
Personality Theory4
Social Bases of Behavior4
Behavioral Neurobiology4
Cognitive Bases of Behavior4
CLINICAL CORE COURSESQuarter Units
Behavioral Health Medicine4
Clinical Psychopharmacology4
Neuropsychological Assessment4
Psychodiagnostic Assessment I5
Psychodiagnostic Assessment II5
Psychodiagnostic Assessment III5
Advanced Psychopathology4
Advanced Psychotherapy I4
Advanced Psychotherapy II4
Advanced Psychotherapy III4
Electives (2 courses)8
FIELD EDUCATION AND SUPERVISIONQuarter Units
Supervised Internship (1500 hours)10
Clinical Case Conference4
DISSERTATIONQuarter Units
The Nature of Psychological Inquiry I5
The Nature of Psychological Inquiry II5
The Nature of Psychological Inquiry III5
Dissertation Design5
Dissertation Project15

Total Units: 116

Notes: 

  • Psychopathology I is a prerequisite for Psychopathology I.
  • Psychopathology I and II are prerequisites for Behavioral Health Medicine and Advanced Psychopathology.
  • Psychopathology II and Behavioral Neurobiology are prerequisites for Clinical Psychopharmacology.
  • The Psychodiagnostic Assessment series (I, II, III) is a prerequisite for Neurodiagnostic Assessment.
  • The Theory and Techniques of Psychotherapy series (I, II) is a prerequisite for the Advanced Psychotherapy series (I, II, III).

Comprehensive Examination

Successful completion of an all-day on-site written comprehensive exam.

Personal Psychotherapy

Students must complete 50 hours of personal psychotherapy with a licensed mental health professional.