Doctoral Degree Clinical
The Doctoral Clinical psychology program expands upon the subject matter offered in the Masters Degree Clinical psychology program. The Doctoral Clinical psychology program is now being offered not only in the United States, but also in the Middle East and in Southeast Asia. The core courses in this program expose students to a wide array of clinical knowledge, applications, and approaches, while elective offerings will give students the opportunity to explore specialty subjects which may become an area of emphasis in their future careers. Part of the training curriculum for clinical doctoral students includes in-depth instruction and practice with those psychological tests used in modern psychological evaluations.
For residents of the State of California who wish to obtain their psychology license, it is important to note that this degree meets the educational requirements of the Board of Psychology for licensure in the State of California as a Psychologist. This program requires completion of 116 units. Licensing with the Board of Psychology as a Psychologist is complicated — you may want to review our Overview of Licensing.
Three Doctoral Tracks
There are three tracks open to students wishing to pursue the Doctor of Psychology in clinical psychology (the Psy.D).
Track I is available to students entering with a bachelor’s degree. After successful completion of 43 units of pre-doctoral courses in the first year of study, these students matriculate into the Psy.D program.
Students who hold a master’s degree in psychology or in a closely related field may enroll in the Track II program. Typically, such students have not completed a core of clinical masters-level classes. They will complete certain key Masters Degree coursework before moving on to the full doctoral curriculum.
Students who hold a master’s degree in psychology with a clinical emphasis may qualify to enter directly into the Track III program and immediately begin doctoral level coursework.
Course Requirements for Licensing
All clinical doctoral students who are residents in the State of California and are seeking license in California should be aware that the Board of Psychology in California adds requirements for licensure that may not be included in the curriculum. Typically, these requirements are low unit courses and are available from different educational venues, including regional and state conferences.
Please visit www.psychboard.ca.gov/faq.shtml to review these requirements:
- Laws and Ethics*
- Spousal and Partner Abuse*
- Human Sexuality*
- Substance Abuse*
- Aging and Long-Term Care
- Child Abuse*
* denotes courses taught at the Masters level at PSP