The Clinical Training Program


American Psychological Association (APA) Requirements

The course work of clinical students is largely determined by the American Psychological Association's requirements for accrediting Clinical programs. There is some flexibility, however, and the selection of "electives" is decided by students with advice and guidance from their advisors.

Course Work

All graduate students must have at least 78 hours of course credit for completion of their doctoral degree (see Model Ph.D. Program Schedule).

Students can use the Record of Courses and Requirements to track their progress through the program:


All clinical graduate students gain teaching experience through presentations in graduate courses, mentoring junior graduate students on their clinical practicum team and research team, and completing at least three of six additional teaching experiences (see Doctoral Comprehensive Portfolio (pdf)).

Research Requirements

All students are involved in research during all years that they are enrolled in the program. The Doctoral Comprehensive Portfolio (pdf) presents the minimum research requirements: students are strongly encouraged to exceed these minimum requirements.

During years one and two all clinical students initiate and complete a second-year Research Project. This is equivalent to a masters thesis. It is expected that, if appropriate, the article will be submitted for publication.

In addition, students are required to complete a research-based dissertation. The dissertation proposal is written and proposed to a doctoral committee (see Program-Wide Information); the data-based study is conducted, analyzed, written, and finally defended in front of this committee.

Preliminary Examination

The preliminary examination in Clinical Psychology is fulfilled by the successful completion, at a passing level, of a research project, including a final oral and written defense. This is the Second-Year Research Project.