The primary purpose of the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology degree program is to educate and train students in the major aspects of clinical practice. To ensure that students are prepared adequately, the curriculum integrates theory, training, research, and practice, preparing students to work with a wide range of populations in need of psychological services and in a broad range of roles. Students who complete the clinical psychology program earn a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree. The awarding of this degree indicates that the recipient has mastered the fundamental academic and experiential elements of clinical psychology.
In contrast to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree, which is primarily a research degree attainable in a variety of academic disciplines, the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree program combines relevant research, applied theory, and field experience and is designed to prepare the graduate to apply psychological knowledge in a variety of settings and roles.
The program accepts students who have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Although prior degrees need not be in psychology, some psychology courses are required (as foundation courses), and some experience in psychological services is desirable.
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