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Program Sequence

To graduate with a doctorate, you must complete 195 credits, which include:

  • 26 units of research and dissertation
  • Two one-year, part-time practicum placements
  • A full-time, one-year internship

You will earn a master of science degree in psychological science en route to your doctorate.

Year one: 48 credits

Autumn (13 credits)

  • History and Systems (5)
  • Ethics and Laws (5)
  • Clinical Foundations I (2)
  • Research/Dissertation (1)

Winter (13 credits)

  • Psychopathology (5)
  • Developmental Psychology (5)
  • Clinical Foundations II (2)
  • Research/Dissertation (1)

Spring (11 credits)

  • Biopsychology and Psychophysiology (5)
  • Personality Theory & Research (5)
  • Research/Dissertation (1)

Summer (11 credits)

  • Statistical Methods (5)
  • Cognition and Learning (5)
  • Research/Dissertation (1)

Year two: 52 credits

Autumn (12 credits)

  • Research Methods and Statistics I (5)
  • Psychological Interventions I: Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (5)
  • Research/Dissertation (2)

Winter (14 credits)

  • Research Methods and Statistics II (5)
  • Psychological Interventions II (5)
  • Pre-Practicum (2)
  • Research/Dissertation (2)

Spring (12 credits)

  • Research Methods and Statistics III (5)
  • Psychological Assessment: Intelligence and Achievement (5)
  • Research/Dissertation (2)

Summer (14 credits)

  • Social Psychology (5)
  • Psychological Assessment: Personality and Psychopathology (5)
  • Practicum (2)
  • Research/Dissertation (2)

Year three: 52 credits

Autumn (15 credits)

  • Psychological Interventions III: Family and Child Therapies (5)
  • Psychometrics/Theory of Test Construction (5)
  • Clinical Supervision and Consultation Group (1)
  • Practicum (2)
  • Research/Dissertation (2)

Winter (13 credits)

  • Group Psychotherapy and Community Processes (4)
  • Psychological Interventions IV: Addictive Behaviors and Co-Occurring Disorders (4)
  • Clinical Supervision and Consultation Group (1)
  • Practicum (2)
  • Research/Dissertation (2)

Spring (15 credits)

  • Diversity and Cultural Competence in Clinical Psychology (5)
  • Human Sexuality (5)
  • Clinical Supervision and Consultation Group (1)
  • Practicum (2)
  • Research/Dissertation (2)

Summer (9 credits)

  • Psychopharmacology (5)
  • Advanced Practicum (2)
  • Research/Dissertation (2)

Year four: 27 credits

Autumn (9 credits)

  • Cognate* (4)
  • Clinical Supervision and Consultation Group (1)
  • Advanced Practicum (2)
  • Research/Dissertation (2)

Winter (9 credits)

  • Cognate* (4)
  • Clinical Supervision and Consultation Group (1)
  • Advanced Practicum (2)
  • Research/Dissertation (2)

Spring (9 credits)

  • Cognate* (4)
  • Clinical Supervision and Consultation Group (1)
  • Advanced Practicum (2)
  • Research/Dissertation (2)

Year five: 16 credits

Summer Sessions, and Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters (4 credits each)

  • Internship

View the Clinical Psychology course descriptions.

*Cognate courses

In addition to clinical psychology core courses, you will choose cognate courses for more intensive study in a particular area of the discipline.

Clinical health/assessment psychology

  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
  • Hypnosis, Biofeedback, and Mindfulness Therapies

Clinical child/family psychology

  • Child Psychopathology and Interventions
  • Marital and Conjoint Interventions: Theory and Technique
  • Adolescent Psychopathology and Interventions
Lynette Bikos

Why I Teach at SPU

Lynette Bikos, Professor of Clinical Psychology

“Mentoring doctoral students in clinical and industrial-organizational psychology in their research projects is a privilege for which I am deeply grateful. We work at the leading edge of our disciplines, asking novel questions and using cutting-edge statistical approaches to analyze and interpret the results.”

Thane Erickson interacting with one of the students in his classroom

Why I Teach at SPU

Thane Erickson, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology

“I teach at SPU because it is a place that uniquely celebrates intellectual rigor, compassionate service, and integrative whole-person understanding, all core ingredient features for helping students to become flourishing clinical psychologists.”

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