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University Catalog 2023-2024 
University Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Clinical Psychology, Psy.D.

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PsyD in Clinical Psychology
 AU New England
Credits for Degree: 120 semester credits
Standard Mode of Instruction: Classroom
Standard time to completion: 84 months

Program Overview

The Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology is a five-year, full-time program that includes four years of coursework plus the completion of a year-long internship (which may be done half-time over two years). Full-time study is defined as the completion of, on average, 30 credits within a calendar year for a total of 120-128 credits over the four years. Students have a breadth of practicum opportunities available to them through our own Psychological Services Center and in the northeast region, including Boston, Albany, and New York City.

The requirements outlined also show how the program meets the requirements for accreditation by the American Psychological Association (APA) and our National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) educational model with its seven competencies (relationship, assessment, intervention, research and evaluation, consultation and education, management and supervision, and diversity).

The program’s curriculum customarily prepares students to be eligible for licensure in psychology. It remains for students to ensure they are eligible for licensing in the specific state(s) in which they intend to practice. The program also meets the requirements for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, which has included the program in its list of Designated Doctoral Programs in Psychology. During the program, students follow a comprehensive curriculum sequence of required courses and advanced elective seminars.

Elective studies - minimum of nine semester credits over four years

In addition to 27 to 30 semester hours of required classes and practica, students pursue elective studies through one or more of the following three options:

  1. Elective weekend workshops;
  2. Elective practica; and/or
  3. Supervised independent studies.

Most students pursue elective practica in their fourth year and at least one to two semester credits per year prior to that, which will yield more than the required 120 semester credits by the conclusion of their doctoral studies.

Current Tuition and Fees

University Tuition and Fees  

Plan of Study


Biological Aspects of Behavior (APA, NCSPP) - 3 Semester Credits

Cognitive and Affective Aspects of Behavior (APA, NCSPP) - 3 Semester Credits

Consultation and Education (APA, NCSPP) - 2 Semester Credits

Cultural and Individual Diversity (APA, NCSPP) - 4 Semester Credits

Dysfunctional Behavior or Psychopathology (APA, NCSPP) - 3 Semester Credits

History and Systems of Psychology (APA, NCSPP) - 3 Semester Credits

Human Development (APA, NCSPP) - 3 Semester Credits

Individual Differences (APA, NCSPP) - 3 Semester Credits

Social Aspects of Behavior (APA, NCSPP) - 4 Semester Credits

Advanced Seminars - 17 Semester Credits

Complete 17 semester credits in advanced seminars from the options below. 

Professional Seminar and Case Conferences - 6 Semester Credits

Professional Standards and Ethics & Relationships (APA, NCSPP) - 6 credits

Required Practicum Intervention and Assessment (APA, NCSPP) - 12 Semester Credits

(600 hours of approved practicum during each of the second and third years) Intervention and Assessment (APA, NCSPP) - 12 semester credits

Elective Practicum Intervention and Assessment (Optional)

The following courses are optional, but highly recommended:

Electives (optional)

Optional electives may be completed to reach the minimum 120 credits required for the degree. The following elective courses are examples that have been regularly offered:

Additional Information

1800 hours of internship within 24 consecutive months or participation in an APA approved internship, beginning typically in the fifth year. Satisfactory performance on the Qualifying Examination with one part at the beginning and another at the end of the third academic year. Satisfactory completion of a doctoral dissertation which demonstrates doctoral level scholarship.

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology After the successful completion of required coursework specified for the first three years of the program (90 credits) including two years of practicum placements, matriculated students are awarded the Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology. Courses must be completed through the spring semester of the third year; Qualifying Examinations are not required. Students are not admitted separately for the MS, nor is the degree designed to meet master’s level licensing requirements.

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