Degree Requirements

The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) is a 106 – 142 unit degree that meets the California academic requirements for Psychologist licensure in the State of California.  The program is a practitioner-scholar model and follows the core competencies of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology.

To complete the degree students must also complete a clinical dissertation,  a pre-doctoral internship (1 year full-time or 2 years part-time) and must pass both the comprehensive  and professional competency exams.  




Professional Competency Exam And Comprehensive Exam

Students attend full-time and complete 3-4 years of academic study depending on whether enrollment is at the post-bachelor’s level (4 years/142 units) or post-master’s level (3 years/106 units). Students enroll for 11-13 units per quarter over 9-12 quarters and 1 unit for internship that commences in year 5 of the program.  

The curriculum and program includes 15 units of practicum and 12 units of courses in Family Forensic Psychology which includes child custody evaluation.   Students engage in supervised clinical work in a community-based clinic. Post bachelors complete 1150 hours and post masters complete 1000 hours in fulfillment of the practicum requirement.   

Students must complete their degree within 8 calendar years of the first admission including any leaves of absence or periods of withdrawal. Development of a proposal for the clinical dissertation begins during year 3 and may be completed prior to beginning the internship.