Department of Psychology

Doctoral Program Requirements

Course Requirements

The following are the basic required courses for the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. Courses with 6000 numbers are Master's level courses and those with 7000 or 8000 numbers are Doctoral level courses; students enroll in 7/8000 level classes after the Master’s Degree is conferred.

A. Core Coursework (Clinical and Experimental Doctoral Students; 44 credit minimum)

1. Statistics and Research Design: (12 credits) 
PSY 6100 Quantitative Methods in Psychology I – 3 credit hours 
PSY 6110 Quantitative Methods in Psychology II – 3 credit hours 
PSY 6130 Design & Evaluation of Psychology Research – 3 credit hours 
One advanced statistics elective (e.g., PSY 6/7150 Psychometrics and Scale Development; PSY 6/7930 Structural Equation Modeling; RESM 6130-6230, 6340-6360) – 3 credit hours

2. Core Content Coursesa,b,c (at least 4 of the following 5 courses = 12 credits)
PSY 6/7200 Systems of Personalityd – 3 credit hours
PSY 6/7400 Cognitive Psychology – 3 credit hours
PSY 6/7500 Developmental Psychology – 3 credit hours
PSY 6/7600 Behavioral Neurosciencee – 3 credit hours
PSY 6/7700 Social Psychology – 3 credit hours

a. Students must demonstrate broad and general exposure to the current body of knowledge and methods in each of these core areas. If this is not done through one of these core content courses, it must be done through a seminar course or other activity at the graduate level with sufficient breadth. Students must take at least 3 courses from the previous list. Broad and general exposure to the other 2 core areas can be demonstrated by taking either graduate seminar courses through the Department or graduate courses elsewhere (e.g., BGSU has reciprocity with UT). Alternatives must be coordinated with the faculty mentor and approved by the DCT. It is very important that the student and their mentor check with the APA C-7 discipline specific knowledge requirements. For the approved alternative, students should complete the Current Student Psychology Discipline Specific Knowledge (DSK) Course Alternative Form (see Appendix C) and place copies of all materials in their file.

b. Students also must fulfill a History and Systems of Psychology requirement that is not regularly offered as a formal course in our Department. Our program fulfills this history requirement—which is required by APA and most state licensing boards—by including the history and systems component across many of the required courses in our program—particularly PSY 6/7200 Systems of Personality. Therefore, a student entering with a Master's degree and wishing to transfer a personality course may not be successful unless it emphasizes the history and systems of psychology. Similarly, students who might consider taking an alternative course option instead of PSY 6/7200 Systems of Personality would need to find an alternative that encompasses the history and systems of psychology.

c. To demonstrate mastery of the History and Systems of Psychology and Affective Aspects of Behavior DSK requirements, each student is required to compile a portfolio that will contain assignments (e.g., written paper, exam question, graded presentation) relevant to the History and Systems and Affective Aspects requirements that have been graded by the relevant course instructor from each of the following courses: History and Systems of Psychology courses: PSY 6/7200 Systems of Personality, PSY 6/7220 Cognitive Assessment, PSY 6/7230 Personality Assessment, PSY 6/7340 Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy, PSY 6/7400 Cognitive Psychology, and PSY 67700 Social Psychology; Affective Aspects of Behavior courses: PSY 6/7200 Systems of Personality, PSY 6/7400 Cognitive Psychology, PSY 6/7500 Developmental Psychology, and PSY 6/7700 Social Psychology.  The student will collect these graded assignments in a portfolio that will then be submitted to the DCT and clinical faculty for review upon completion of the required coursework. Receipt of a passing grade on each of the assignments for each DSK area will be considered demonstrating mastery of that DSK domain.

d. Students who have completed a Psychology course in the History and Systems of Psychology at the undergraduate level may request to waive this course. To be eligible for consideration, the student must submit their undergraduate transcript indicating a grade of B- or higher and the syllabus for the History and Systems course to their mentor and to the DCT with the completed Current Student Psychology Discipline Specific Knowledge (DSK) Course Alternative Form (see Appendix C). Students who have an approved History and Systems undergraduate course do not have to submit a history and systems portfolio.

e. Clinical students may take PSY 6/7250 Emotion to fulfill this requirement without having to complete a Course Alternative Form. Successful completion of PSY 6/7250 fulfills the Affective Aspects of Behavior DSK requirement. Students who complete this course do not have to submit an Affective Aspects of Behavior requirements portfolio.

3. Research: (20 hrs minimum) 
PSY 6960 Master's Thesis – 6 credit hours 
PSY 8960 PhD Dissertation – 14 credit hours

B. Clinical Psychology Area of Concentration (48 credits minimum)

1. Clinical Core Courses: (14 hrs) 
PSY 6/7210 Psychopathology – 3 credit hours 
PSY 6/7220 Cognitive Assessment – 4 credit hours 
PSY 6/7230 Personality Assessment – 4 credit hours

And at least one of the following: 
PSY 6/7310 Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents – 3 credit hours 
PSY 6/7330 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy – 3 credit hours 
PSY 6/7340 Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy – 3 credit hours 
PSY 6/7350 Family and Couple Therapy – 3 credit hours

2. Clinical Practica: (21 hrs2
PSY 6810 Clinical Practicum I – 0 credit hours 
PSY 6/7390 Clinical Laboratory – 3 credit hours

And at least 18 hours from the following practica*
PSY 6/7820 Clinical Practicum II – 3 credit hours 
PSY 6/7830 Clinical Practicum III – 3 credit hours 
PSY 6/7840 Clinical Practicum IV – 1-3 credit hours

*Students typically enroll in a practicum each academic semester from the spring of their 1st year into summer of their 4th year (unless they arrive with a master’s and leave for internship early). However, students planning an academic research career can elect to substitute 6-hours of research practicum for one year of clinical practicum in their 3rd or 4th year, with the approval of their mentor. Students seeking to substitute research practicum for clinical practicum must complete the Substitution of Clinical with Research Practicum Form found in Appendix Q of the Clinical Program Handbook.

3. Systems of Psychology: (6 hrs) 
PSY 6/7260 Professional and Ethical Issues (taught alternate years) – 3 credit hours 
PSY 6/7050 Culture and Psychology (taught alternate years) – 3 credit hours 
For other approved multicultural courses please see Section 12 
Cultural and diversity topics are also covered in other required courses, including: PSY 6/7390 Clinical Laboratory, PSY 6/7210 Psychopathology, and PSY 6/7220 Cognitive Assessment.

4. Electives: (4 hrs)a 
To be chosen in consultation with and approval of the mentor: 
PSY 6/7250 Seminar in Clinical Psychology (e.g., Community Psychology; Public Mental Health) – 3 credit hours 
Additional Psychotherapy didactic courses (i.e., PSY 6/7310, 6/7330, 6/7340, 6/7350) – 3 credit hours 
Additional Stats or Methods courses (i.e., PSY 6/7150, PSY 6/7930) – 3 credit hours

a. For clinical students, one 3-hour elective course used to fulfill this requirement must be the core content course not previously fulfilled in the above list. For example, if the student has taken 6/7200, 6/7400, 6/7500, and 6/7600 to fulfill the core content course requirement above, one of the electives to fulfill the elective requirement must be 6/7700, or a course equivalent as described in footnote ‘a’ to requirement 2A above.

5. Internship: (3 hrs) 
PSY 8940 APA-Accredited Clinical Internship


2Students entering with their Master's Degree can qualify to take fewer practicum hours. These students may also qualify to pass out of 1st year practicum (PSY 6/7390). These decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis and require the approval of their mentor and the DCT.

Research and Professional Development Requirements

Conference submissions. Each student is required to submit two first-authored poster or presentation abstracts to professional conferences by the end of their second year. Each submission must have mentor approval.

Empirical paper submissions. Each student is required to submit one first-authored, peer-reviewed manuscript by the end of their 3rd program year. This submission must be formally submitted to the relevant publication outlet by the last day of classes of the student’s 3rd year. This submission requires mentor approval.

Clinical case presentation. Third year students are required to give a Clinical Case Presentation during the course of their third program year; the schedule of presenters will be determined for the coming year at the end of each spring semester. Each third year student will be evaluated on their presentation according to a standardized rubric that will be completed by each core clinical faculty member in attendance. Formative feedback will be provided to the student on the basis of these evaluations. The rubric will be placed in the student’s file to demonstrate completion of this program requirement.

Last Updated: 10/30/19