University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

The Clinical Training Program

Model Ph.D. Program Schedule

Timeline

The Department recognizes that timelines may vary as a function of the nature of the individual’s research. Note: After the first year, many courses are taught in alternating years; therefore, the model program will have to be adapted for when courses are offered.

Students entering the program with graduate course work in psychology from another university often can transfer credits to fulfill program requirements. Students with a completed Master’s Degree from another university often can complete their coursework one year sooner than those times indicated below. Guidelines for developing and completing the second year project (equivalent to a master’s thesis) and dissertation are as follows:

  1. Begin to develop the second year research proposal during the first year, formally propose the project at the beginning of the second semester of year two.
  2. Defend the project by the end of the second year of study.
  3. Formally propose the Ph.D. dissertation during the third year, and no later than November 1 of the fourth year of study.
  4. Defend the Ph.D. dissertation during the fourth (or fifth) year of study.
First Academic Year
First Semester Credits   Second Semester Credits
385 Advanced Clinical Practicum 0   385 Advanced Clinical Practicum 0
304 Advanced Statistics I 3 305 Advanced Statistics II 3
371 Adult Psychopathology 3 375 Adult Behavior Therapy 3
373 Adult Assessment 3 372 Child Assessment 3
491 (GRAD) Dissertation Research 1 491 (GRAD) Dissertation Research 1
           
  Total 10   Total 10
Expectations
  • Participate on a Vertical Team
  • Engage in research with major advisor
  • Develop second-year project
Summer Semester (see note 2) Credits  
491 (GRAD) Dissertation Research 0-5  
Summer Expectations
  • Participate on a Vertical Team
  • Engage in research with major advisor
  • Work on second-year project
Second Academic Year
First Semester Credits   Second Semester Credits
385 Advanced Clinical Practicum 1   385 Advanced Clinical Practicum 1
370 Child Psychopathology 3 374 Child Behavior Therapy 3
315 Proseminar (Biobehavioral) 3 330 Proseminar (Social) 3
303 Research Methodology 3 491 (GRAD) Dissertation Research 3
           
  Total 10   Total 10
Expectations
  • Participate on a Vertical Team
  • Engage in research with major advisor
  • Complete and defend second-year project
Summer Semester (see note 2) Credits  
491 Dissertation Research (see note 1) 0-5
Summer Expectations
  • Participate on a Vertical Team
  • Engage in research with major advisor
Third Academic Year
First Semester Credits   Second Semester Credits
385 Advanced Clinical Practicum 1   385 Advanced Clinical Practicum 1
376 Cross Cultural 3 491 Dissertation Research (see note 1) 3
300 History of Psychology 3 380 Profession Affairs and Ethics 3
350 Proseminar (Developmental) 3 XXX Elective (see note 3) 3
  Total 10   Total 10
Expectations
  • Participate on a Vertical Team
  • Engage in research with major advisor
  • Develop dissertation
Summer Semester (see note 2) Credits  
491 (see note 1) (GRAD)Dissertation Research 0-5
Summer Expectations
  • Participate on a Vertical Team
  • Engage in research with major advisor
  • Develop dissertation
Fourth Academic Year
First Semester Credits   Second Semester Credits
385 Advanced Clinical Practicum 1   385 Advanced Clinical Practicum 1
XXX Elective (see note 3) 3 XXX Elective (see note 3) 3
491 (GRAD) Dissertation Research (see note 1) 6 491 (GRAD)Dissertation Research (see note 1) 6
  Total 10   Total 10
Expectations
  • Participate on a Vertical Team (if in Behavior Therapy & Psychotherapy Center)
  • Engage in research with major advisor
  • Propose dissertation by November 1st (if applying for internship in November of fourth year)
  • Complete and defend dissertation (if going on internship in Year 5)
Summer Semester (see note 2) Credits  
491 (GRAD) Dissertation Research (see note 1) 0-5  
Fifth Academic Year

If on campus, complete any remaining dissertation credits.

If on campus and involved in any clinical practicum activity at the BTPC or another placement, enroll in PSYS 385 Advanced Clinical Practicum (1 hour per semester).

If on campus, complete and defend dissertation.

If on internship, sign up for PSYS 389 Clinical internship (0 hours credit) both semesters

Sixth Academic Year

If on internship, sign up for PSYS 389 Clinical internship (0 hours credit) both semesters.

If not done already, complete and defend dissertation.

Notes

  1. A total of 20 dissertation research credit hours is required.  When the 20 hours of GRAD 491 should be taken will vary depending on type of financial support, course requirements, and other factors.  Taking as many of these hours as soon as possible is important!
  2. Funded students with a stipend of at least $2K/month in June, July, and August can take up to 5 credits in the semester without paying for them.  Ten (10) credits per semester can be taken on a full GTA/GRA placement.
  3. Electives need to add up to 9 hours.  Electives can consist of 1, 2, or 3 hour courses.  One elective must be a 3-credit treatment course.

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