PsyD Clinical Psychology

The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program trains practitioner-scholar psychologists to work in a broad range of clinical settings, with an emphasis on a holistic approach to interdisciplinary care and service to diverse and underserved populations. In this American Psychological Association accredited program, the curriculum is oriented in cognitive-behavioral theory and empirically supported treatments addressing the most current developments in psychology, while enhancing learning through practical clinical applications. The program emphasizes professional self-reflection, attention to diversity, advocacy and social justice.

The learning in the first two years of the Clinical PsyD program is through didactic courses that cover the scientific and clinical foundations of the discipline, with inclusion of experiential components, and labs for skills training. Use of standardized patient actors provides a means for gaining formative feedback on the integration of didactic and clinical skills. Completion of the first two portions of the comprehensive examination makes students eligible to begin the dissertation process. Fieldwork and seminar experiences in the third and fourth years enable the student to integrate knowledge of theory and research with practicum experience. During this time, students are also mentored through the dissertation process. Successful completion of the first three years of coursework and the three-part comprehensive examination confers doctoral candidate status on the PsyD student, who may then proceed to internship. Upon completion of the comprehensive examinations and admission to doctoral candidacy, students are awarded a master of science in clinical psychology.

The internship provides the clinical psychology doctoral student with an intensive, yearlong, supervised work experience to develop, practice and integrate new clinical skills. It represents the culmination of the doctoral experience, the last practical training step before earning a doctorate in psychology. All students are required to apply to APA-accredited and APPIC internships.  Graduates of the PsyD program qualify for the Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) for partial fulfillment of the requirements for professional licensure.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Term 1Hours
CPSY 102 Doctoral Writing Skills Seminar No course credit is given. A $500 fee is assessed. 0
CPSY 601 Learning Theories 3
CPSY 603 Behavioral Medicine 3
CPSY 622 Ethics in Psychology 3
CPSY 695E Professional Development Seminar 1
 Hours10
Term 2
CPSY 103 Doctoral Writing Skills Seminar No course credit is given. A $500 fee is assessed. Following the first term, and at the discretion of the Program Director, students may have the option to waive this seminar for the remaining terms. 0
CPSY 608 Social Psychology 3
CPSY 616 Lifespan Development 3
CPSY 624 Research I: Research Design and Methodology 3
CPSY 695E Professional Development Seminar 1
 Hours10
Term 3
CPSY 104 Doctoral Writing Skills Seminar No course credit is given. A $500 fee is assessed. Following the first term, and at the discretion of the Program Director, students may have the option to waive this seminar for the remaining terms. 0
CPSY 620 Psychopathology (+ SCID Lab) 3
CPSY 623 Human Diversity: Multiculturalism and Individual Differences 3
CPSY 625 Research II: Univariate and Multivariate + Lab (+ Lab) 4
CPSY 695E Professional Development Seminar 1
 Hours11
Second Year
Term 1
CPSY 605 History and Systems 3
CPSY 607 Cognitive Affective Bases of Behavioral Intervention 3
CPSY 698A STEPPS Comprehensive Exam A 0
 Hours6
Term 2
CPSY 626 Assessment I: Assessing Cognitive Ability (+ Lab) 3
CPSY 629 Physiological Basis Behavior 3
CPSY 630 Cognitive Therapy (+ Therapy Skills Lab) 3
CPSY 688 Integrative Health Care 0.5
 Hours9.5
Term 3
CPSY 627 Assessment II: Objective Personality + Lab (+ Lab) 3
CPSY 662 Behavior Therapy (+ Therapy Skills Lab) 3
CPSY 688 Integrative Health Care 0.5
 Hours6.5
Term 4
CPSY 628 Assessment III: Projective Assessment (+ Lab) 3
CPSY 681 Essay Comprehensive Exam No course credit is given. A $500 fee is assessed. 0
CPSY 682 Objective Comprehensive Exam No course credit is given. A $500 fee is assessed. 0
CPSY 688 Integrative Health Care 0.5
 Hours3.5
Third Year
Term 1
CPSY 652 Practicum I 1.5
CPSY 698B STEPPS Comprehensive Exam B 0
 Hours1.5
Term 2
CPSY 653 Practicum II 1.5
CPSY 674 Research III: Dissertation Development Seminar 1.5
CPSY 788 Integrative Behavioral Health Seminar 1
 Hours4
Term 3
CPSY 654 Practicum III 1.5
CPSY 674A Research IV: Method Development and Strategic Planning 1.5
CPSY 788 Integrative Behavioral Health Seminar 1
 Hours4
Term 4
CPSY 655 Practicum IV 1.5
CPSY 661 Administration, Consultation and Supervision: Behavioral Health 3
CPSY 674B Research V: Manuscript Development and Defense Planning 1.5
CPSY 788 Integrative Behavioral Health Seminar 1
 Hours7
Fourth Year
Term 1
CPSY 675 Dissertation Advisement Dissertation credits (beyond the 9 credits for Research III-V) do not count toward the minimum of 89 credits required for degree completion. 1
CPSY 710 Practicum V 1.5
CPSY 698C STEPPS Comprehensive Exam C 0
 Hours2.5
Term 2
CPSY 675 Dissertation Advisement Dissertation credits (beyond the 9 credits for Research III-V) do not count toward the minimum of 89 credits required for degree completion. 1
CPSY 711 Practicum VI 1.5
Elective 6 credits of electives to be completed after 2nd year courses are completed. Students choose from various 1, 2, or 3 credit electives. 2
 Hours4.5
Term 3
CPSY 675 Dissertation Advisement Dissertation credits (beyond the 9 credits for Research III-V) do not count toward the minimum of 89 credits required for degree completion. 1
CPSY 712 Practicum VII 1.5
Elective 6 credits of electives to be completed after 2nd year courses are completed. Students choose from various 1, 2, or 3 credit electives. 2
 Hours4.5
Term 4
CPSY 675 Dissertation Advisement Dissertation credits (beyond the 9 credits for Research III-V) do not count toward the minimum of 89 credits required for degree completion. 1
CPSY 713 Practicum VIII 1.5
Elective 6 credits of electives to be completed after 2nd year courses are completed. Students choose from various 1, 2, or 3 credit electives. 2
 Hours4.5
Fifth Year
Term 1
CPSY 667 Internship Students who begin internship placements within 2 weeks or less of the end of the summer term starting year 5 will not register for internship this term. Instead, register for internship starting in fall of year 5 and register for 1 credit/term from fall through summer. A total of 4 credits of internship must be completed over the terms which align with students' internship placements. .5
CPSY 675 Dissertation Advisement Dissertation credits (beyond the 9 credits for Research III-V) do not count toward the minimum of 89 credits required for degree completion. 1
 Hours1.5
Term 2
CPSY 667 Internship Students who register concurrently in a given term for one credit each of Internship and Dissertation Advisement will have the fee waived for one of these credits. 1
CPSY 675 Dissertation Advisement Dissertation credits (beyond the 9 credits for Research III-V) do not count toward the minimum of 89 credits required for degree completion. 1
 Hours2
Term 3
CPSY 667 Internship Students who register concurrently in a given term for one credit each of Internship and Dissertation Advisement will have the fee waived for one of these credits. 1
CPSY 675 Dissertation Advisement Dissertation credits (beyond the 9 credits for Research III-V) do not count toward the minimum of 89 credits required for degree completion. 1
 Hours2
Term 4
CPSY 667 Internship Students who register concurrently in a given term for one credit each of Internship and Dissertation Advisement will have the fee waived for one of these credits. 1
CPSY 675 Dissertation Advisement Dissertation credits (beyond the 9 credits for Research III-V) do not count toward the minimum of 89 credits required for degree completion. 1
 Hours2
Sixth Year
Term 1
CPSY 667 Internship Students who begin internship placements within 2 weeks or less of the end of the summer term starting year 5 will not register for internship that term. Instead, register for internship starting in fall of year 5 and register for 1 credit/term from fall through summer. A total of 4 credits of internship must be completed over the terms which align with students' internship placements. .5
CPSY 795 Dissertation Editing Doctoral students must register for 1 credit/term of CPSY 675: Dissertation Advisement each term until thesis is successfully defended. Students who have successfully defended their dissertations will register for CPSY 795: Dissertation Editing until all edits are made to the satisfaction of their dissertation chairs/committees and the final documents are submitted for binding. The fee will be waived for the first term; for any subsequent terms, students will be charged for one credit/term until the final documents are submitted for binding. Dissertation Editing credits do not count toward the minimum of 89 credits required for degree completion. 1
 Hours1.5
 Total Hours98

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

An applicant to the doctor of psychology in clinical psychology program must have successfully completed a master’s degree in mental health counseling, psychology, social work, psychiatric/mental health nursing, counseling, school psychology, family therapy or pastoral counseling from a regionally accredited institution, with a 3.3 grade point average or better prior to matriculation. Master’s degree programs in other specialty areas will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

An applicant’s undergraduate transcripts are used to evaluate the exposure the candidate has had to formal coursework in psychology. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better is required.

In order to ensure that program courses are taught at the highest possible level, applicants must have also completed during undergraduate or graduate education the following courses prior to admission:

  • Statistics/Research
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychopathy Theories of Personality, 
  • Developmental Psychology

The Clinical PsyD program at PCOM participates in PsyCAS, the centralized application service for graduate study in psychology. Beginning in September, prospective doctoral students in psychology may submit their application through a secure Web server, PsyCAS. Be advised that your full PsyCAS application must be e-submitted, completed and verified to be considered for admission to PCOM. Note that official college transcripts from all colleges/universities schools attended must be sent directly to:

PSYCAS
P.O. Box 9138
Watertown, MA 02471

Letters of Recommendation can be sent through the evaluator portal on PsyCAS or directly to PCOM Admissions in .pdf format to recommend@pcom.edu.

Instructions on how to use PsyCAS can be found at: https://help.liaisonedu.com/PSYCAS_Applicant_Help_Center

The PsyD in Clinical Psychology program utilizes a rolling admissions policy. Thus applications will be considered throughout the year as they are received and all required materials have been submitted. However, the Faculty Committee on Admissions will use three priority deadlines to evaluate completed applications. The deadlines are December 30, 2021, March 30, 2022 and June 30, 2022. New students will be accepted into the program until the desired class size is achieved. It is therefore recommended for candidates to submit applications early. Classes begin in the fall term (early August).

Once your application has been downloaded from PsyCAS, you will be contacted via email with a confirmation of its receipt including reminders of the appropriate steps to complete the application process. Note that there is no institutional application fee to PCOM.

Your application will be processed and assessed by the Faculty Committee on Admissions only after the receipt of:

  • Three letters of reference (if not already submitted through PsyCAS)
  • A general autobiographical statement explaining you interest in this academic program as it relates to your career goals (in 500 words or less).
  • Writing sample (preferable graded) or professional report or evaluation. (APA style research paper preferred).

The Admissions Committee evaluates applicants on a number of factors. These include: past academic performance, letters of recommendation, the content and writing style of autobiographical essays, prior work history and volunteer experiences, research activities and publications, presentations at workshops or conferences in psychology or a related field, membership in professional organizations, and personal and professional presentation in the interview. Intellectual ability, academic potential, strong writing skills, emotional stability, maturity, integrity, motivation and high ethical standards are necessary for successful program completion and acceptance into the professional community.

Re-specialization candidates who have already completed a doctoral degree in psychology may apply for admission using the criteria listed below. The timeline to complete the degree program will be determined upon a full application review.