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Psy.D. Curriculum

The Psy.D. Degree requirements are designed to be completed in five years of full-time study, four years of academic coursework on-campus, and one year in a pre-doctoral internship site.  Students must be enrolled on a full-time basis throughout the completion of the Psy.D. program.

Students should be aware that courses at the University are offered once each academic year and often have pre-requisites. Taking courses outside the established sequence could postpone eligibility for externship/internship as well as graduation

Students normally enroll in 14-17 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters and 6-7 credit hours in the summer sessions. A typical course sequence for the completion of the program by students enrolled full-time is as follows:

Academic Year I: Fall
PSY 504 Psychological Measurement                     

PSY 512  Law, Ethics, and Psychology           

PSY 516  Basic Interviewing and Clinical Skills

PSY 610  Child Psychotherapy

PHT 505  Philosophical and Theological Anthropology I

LIB  500  Library: Information Use and Research


Academic Year I: Spring
PSY 507 Psychopathology                 

PSY 608  Cognitive/Behavioral Assessment

PSY 609  Adult Psychotherapy

PSY 827  Cultural, Religious, and Individual Diversity in Clinical Practice

PSY 832  Integrative Dissertation Seminar

PHT 506  Philosophical and Theological Anthropology II


Academic Year I: Summer          
PSY 605  Developmental Psychology

PSY 721  Cognition & Emotion

PSY 899  Dissertation I


Academic Year II: Fall
PSY 601  Psy.D. Introductory Practicum I  

PSY 613  Personality Assessment

PSY 718  Research Design for the Psychological Sciences

PSY 822  Biological Bases of Behavior

PSY 899  Dissertation II

PHT 614 Practical Reasoning and Moral Character


Academic Year II: Spring
PSY 503  Personality Theories         

PSY 602  Psy.D. Introductory Practicum II

PSY 611  Marital Psychotherapy

PSY 836  Advanced Personality Assessment

PSY 899  Dissertation III

PHT 635  Theology of Marriage and Family


Academic Year II: Summer
PSY 603  Psy.D. Introductory Practicum III

PSY 736  Advanced Child Psychopathology                

PSY 825  Social Psychology

PSY 899  Dissertation IV


Academic Year III: Fall
PSY 500  History and Systems of Psychology

PSY 701  Foundational Clinical Practicum/Externship I

PSY 724  Advanced Adult Psychotherapy

PSY 734  Advanced Child, Marital, and Family Therapy

PSY 899  Dissertation V


Academic Year III: Spring
PSY 702  Foundational Clinical Practicum/Externship II

PSY 820  Group Psychotherapy

PSY 729  Advanced Statistical Methods

PSY 899  Dissertation VI


Academic Year III: Summer
PSY 703  Foundational Clinical Practicum/Externship III

PSY 760  Professional Roles and Issues

PSY 899  Dissertation VII


Academic Year IV: Fall
PSY 801  Advanced Clinical Practicum/Externship I

PSY 830  The Psychologist as Consultant, Supervisor, and Educator


PSY 899  Dissertation VIII


Academic Year IV: Spring
PSY 802  Advanced Clinical Practicum/Externship II


PSY 899  Dissertation IX         

PHT 535  The Catholic Vision of Spiritual Maturity


Academic Year IV: Summer
PSY 890  Pre-Doctoral Internship (off campus)

PSY 899  Dissertation (if applicable)


Academic Year V: Fall
PSY 890  Pre-Doctoral Internship (off campus)

PSY 899  Dissertation (if applicable)


Academic Year V: Spring
PSY 890  Pre-Doctoral Internship (off campus)

PSY 899  Dissertation (if applicable)


Academic Year V: Summer
PSY 890  Pre-Doctoral Internship (off campus)

PSY 899  Dissertation (if applicable)