Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Rosemead School of Psychology)
Normally, four years of residency are required unless the transfer of credit is brought in and advanced standing granted. While the doctorate is not awarded simply or completion of stated coursework, there are basic unit requirements for the degree (133 semester hours). Each student has a faculty advisor who assists in the planning of each semester's schedule of courses and supervises the student's progress in the program.
Psychology: Psy.D. students must complete a minimum of 76 semester hours of psychology. These 76 units must include 46 required psychology units, 18 units of practicum and 12 units of elective psychology courses. Students may apply up to 6 units of graduate coursework from the School of Intercultural Studies toward the total psychology hours requirement.
Psychotherapy Laboratory: Students in the Psy.D. track must complete 21 units selected from psychotherapy lab courses. These are taken in the second, third, and fourth years.
Theology: All students must complete a minor in theology, which includes a minimum of 17-semester units.
Integration Seminars: All students participate in a series of seminars (14 units) devoted to the integration of a variety of theological and psychological concepts in research, theory, and practice.
Research: Students in Rosemead's Psy.D. program may fulfill the 5 unit research component of their program either by writing a dissertation or by successfully completing a research sequence which includes a year-long doctoral research seminar, a doctoral paper consisting of a critical review of research literature on a clinical topic, and a proficiency examination on clinical research.
Second Year Evaluation (Preliminary Oral Interview)
All students have an oral interview with a faculty committee to evaluate their progress and potential for successful completion of the doctoral program. This interview is scheduled after the completion of three semesters in residence, including at least one practicum assignment. The results of this interview are reported to faculty, which votes (1) allowing the student to continue, (2) allowing the student to continue with conditions, or (3) not allowing the student to continue in the doctoral program.
All students must pass a set of doctoral-level comprehensive examinations covering the following areas: psychological assessment, intervention, professional ethics, and integration. These examinations are given twice during the summer and serve as the major means of evaluating a student's suitability to continue studies toward the doctorate. The examinations may be taken after completion of 75% (100 units) of the coursework and must be successfully completed prior to the Professional Qualifying Examination. Only one retake of the examination is allowed. The dates of the Comprehensive Examinations are specified in the Academic Calendar.
Admission to Candidacy
Official candidacy for the doctorate signifies an advanced stage in the student's progress. In order to be admitted to candidacy the student must have:
- Successfully completed the Preliminary Oral Interview
- Passed the Comprehensive Examination
- Received approval of the dissertation proposal by the Doctoral Committee or completed the two-semester, five credit Doctoral Research Seminar and comprehensive proficiency research examination.
- Completed training therapy
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