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Program Information

Official program requirements include at least 90 credit hours, including a 6-credit master's thesis and an 18-credit dissertation. Prior to beginning the dissertation, students must pass a doctoral qualifying exam, which consists of preparation of a critical review of a substantive area in Clinical Psychology. A full-time, one-year internship is also required before the Ph.D. is awarded. 

Program of Study

The doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Syracuse University admits students to begin full-time study in the fall semester. Our curriculum has evolved in order to meet both responsibilities to the profession of Psychology as well as individual student needs. Doctoral students in Clinical Psychology typically follow a common core sequence in their first two years of study. The course content in the first two years is structured to ensure that all doctoral students receive comprehensive training in statistics and research design, theoretical underpinnings to Clinical Psychology as well as developing core foundational skills in evidence-based treatments. Students are also expected to complete their Master’s thesis in their first two years of study.

This core sequence is then followed by an opportunity for students to tailor their training and study to match personal interests. These subsequent years of doctoral study include elective courses, additional research and dissertation work, clinical practical, and a one-year predoctoral internship.

A typical sequence of courses is shown below. Consult the Course Catalog for specific requirements. For more complete information, please see the Clinical Psychology Graduate Student Handbook.

YEAR

FALL

SPRING

SUMMER

1

Assessment I (647)

Statistics II (655)

Psychopathology (843)

Research

Res. Methods Clin Psy (624)

Assessment II (600)

Statistics III (756)

Research

Thesis (997)

Elective or APA Core course

Research

2**

APA Core Course

APA Core Course

Practicum (847)

Research

Thesis (997)

Psychotherapy (745)

Practicum (847)

Research

Elective or APA Core course

Research

3**

APA Core course

Elective

APA Core course

Clinical Therapy Experience Practicum (851)

Research: Qualifying Exam

Elective

APA Core course

APA Core course or Elective

Clinical Therapy Experience Practicum (851)

Research: Qualifying Exam

Elective or APA Core course

Dissertation (999)

Research

4

Elective or APA Core course

Dissertation (999), 6 credits

Elective or APA Core course

Dissertation (999)

Dissertation (999), 6 credits

5

APA-Accredited Clinical Internship (Enroll for Psy 996)

Our APA accredited Clinical Psychology doctoral program is also identified as New York State licensure-qualifying. This ensures that the education of program graduates will be accepted for licensure immediately in New York. The core courses that our doctoral students must complete are those require by New York State for licensure.

In addition to completing the degree requirements for the doctorate in Clinical Psychology, students in good academic standing can also enroll in the Neuroscience Concentration, which appears as a graduate specialization on a student’s transcript. The Concentration is a 4-course sequence that spans broad areas of Neuroscience, including biological and psychological processes, and is meant to provide students with a breadth of knowledge across core disciplines. Students are admitted to the Clinical Psychology doctoral program, and then complete interdisciplinary neuroscience coursework. Your Ph.D. will be awarded from the Psychology department with the "Neuroscience Concentration" listed as an area of specialization on your degree. More information about the concentration can be found here