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Overview: Clinical Psychology PhD and PsyD Programs

Customizable Curricula

The curricula for the Clinical Psychology PhD and PsyD programs feature four important areas of study:

  • Foundations of psychology
  • Clinical and professional theory and skills
  • Applied clinical research
  • Professional growth

Students can customize a curriculum to match their own interests and career goals by selecting specialized series of courses, research and field placements. Curricula are continually updated.

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Critical Competencies

Students in both Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programs acquire mastery of knowledge-, research- and practice-based competencies in seven areas:

  • interpersonal/relational
  • assessment
  • multimodal intervention
  • research and evaluation
  • consultation/teaching
  • management/supervision/training
  • quality assurance

Read about the competencies in detail in our course catalog.

Real-World Experience

All students in our PsyD and PhD in Psychology programs benefit from extensive fieldwork throughout their program. Skills learned in the classroom are quickly put to practice as students participate in their professional training experiences. Our training sites offer invaluable real-world experience in a variety of settings with a wide range of patient populations.

Outstanding Psychology Internships

The culminating clinical training component is the pre-doctoral internship. CSPP students are encouraged to pursue a full-time, APA-accredited internship in the last year, but also have the option of pursuing two half-time internships in the last two years. Clinical psychology internship requirements meet and in some programs exceed the 1,500 hours of pre-doctoral internship required by the California Board of Psychology for licensure as a psychologist.

Dissertation or Doctoral Project

Doctoral students complete either a dissertation or a doctoral research project. To see dissertation samples, visit the Alliant Library Catalog.