Clinical Psychology Doctorate (Psy.D.) Sample Curriculum

113 total credits (51 at the Master's level; 62 doctoral credits). The prerequisite requirements and the Psy.D. curriculum have been designed to assure that course and supervised training requirements are met for Pennsylvania licensure.

Required Courses (Master’s Level):

  • Human Development or Advanced Seminar in Developmental Psychology

  • Assessment of Adult Personality & Psychopathology or Socio-emotional Assessment of Children & Adolescents

  • Contemporary Learning Theories

  • Cognitive Assessment

  • Personality

  • Introduction to Psychological Testing

  • Physiological Psychology

  • Introduction to Individual Psychotherapy

  • Research Methods and Statistics I

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

  • Research Methods and Statistics II

  • Practicum

  • Psychopathology

  • Practicum II

  • Child Psychopathology

  • Master's Thesis Proposal

  • Social Psychology

  • Master's Thesis

Required Courses (Doctoral Level):

  • Advanced Statistical Analysis I

  • Community Practicum

  • Advanced Statistical Analysis II

  • Community Practicum II

  • Introduction to Psychotherapy Practice

  • Practicum III

  • Multicultural Issues in Psychology

  • Practicum IV

  • Marital and Family Therapy

  • Professional Ethics

  • Seminar in Adjustment and Psychopathology

  • Supervision and Consultation Seminar

  • Interpersonal Intervention Strategies

  • Practicum V

  • Behavior Change and Outcome Assessment

  • Practicum VI

  • Child Psychotherapy

Required Internship:

  • Students must complete a one year full time, or two year part time internship.


Students may select several elective courses as part of their curriculum. Electives include:

  • Behavior Management Approaches

  • Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology

  • Cognitive Psychology

  • Contemporary Methods in Projective Personality Testing

  • Counseling the Divorced and Separated

  • Forensic Psychology

  • Human Sexuality

  • Introduction to Group Psychotherapy

  • Models of Teaching

  • Program Evaluation (Learning Outcomes/Assessment)

  • Stress, Coping, and the Self ConceptAssessment of Learning

  • Chemical Dependence

  • Community Psychology

  • Counseling the Abuser of Drugs and Alcohol

  • Family-School Interventions

  • Group Process in Counseling

  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology

  • Loss and Bereavement

  • NeuropsychologyPsychopharmacology

  • Therapy with Children