Professional Psychology Curriculum & Credits


The University Bulletin lists program requirements and brief descriptions of courses offered in the PsyD Program. Not all courses listed in the Bulletin are offered every year, and new courses not yet listed in the Bulletin may be added. Students may access Course Registration Numbers (CRNs) and other registration data through online.

The University Bulletin also lists general rules of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences for continuing enrollment and satisfactory academic progress.

Transfer Credits

On a case-by-case basis, students may receive approval for graduate transfer credits. Transfer credits must be approved by the program after review by the student’s advisor. 


First Year, Fall - 9 credits

  • Psychological Assessment (PsyD 8201) (3 credits)  
  • Lab in Clinical Psych Assessment (PsyD 8201) (0 credit)
  • Biological Bases of Clinical Psychology (PsyD 8204) (3 credits)
  • Psychodynamic Psychopathology (PsyD 8205) (3 credits)

First Year, Spring - 12 credits

  • Psychological Assessment II (PsyD 8202) (3 credits)
  • Lab in Clinical Psych Assessment (PsyD 8202) (0 credit)
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy I (PsyD 8220) (3 credits)
  • Discussion – Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (PsyD 8220) (0 credit)
  • Advanced Statistics (PsyD 8209) (3 credits)
  • Empirical Research (PsyD 8270) (3 credits)

First Year, Summer - 7 credits

  • Group and Organizational Dynamics (PsyD 8207) (3 credits)
  • Psychological Assessment III (PsyD 8270) (3 credits)
  • Practicum in Clinical Skills (PsyD 8203) (1 credit)
  • Discussion- Practicum in Clinical Skills (PsyD 8203) (0 credit)

Second Year, Fall - 11 credits

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy II (PsyD 8221) (3 credits)
  • Discussion – Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (0 credits)
  • Theories of the Mind I  (PsyD 8226) (3 credits)
  • Track course (Child track takes PsyD 8264) (3 credits)
  • Practicum In Clinical Psychology (PsyD 8203) (1 credit)
  • Practicum in Assessment (PsyD 8203) (1 credit)

Second Year, Spring - 11 credits

  • Theories of the Mind II (PsyD 8226) (3 credits)
  • CBT (PsyD 8221) (3 credits)
  • Track or Group Therapy course (Child track takes PsyD 8262) (3 credits)
  • Practicum In Clinical Psychology (PsyD 8203) (1 credit)
  • Practicum in Assessment (PsyD 8203) (1 credit)

Second Year, Summer - 6 credits

  • Cognitive and Affective Bases of Clinical Psychology (PsyD 8206) (3 credits)
  • Track or Short Term Therapy course (3 credits)

Third Year, Fall - 11 credits 

  • Life Span Human Development (PsyD 8260) (3 credits)
  • Supervision (PsyD 8270) (3 credits)
  • Track course (3 credits)
  • Major Area Paper (PsyD 8270) (1 credit)  
  • Practicum In Clinical Psychology (PsyD 8203) (1 credit) 

Third Year, Spring - 9 or 12 credits

  • History and Systems of Clinical Psychology (PsyD 8227) (3 credits)
  • Consultation (PsyD 8246) (3 credits)
  • Track, Group Therapy or Family Therapy Course (3 credits)
  • Supervision practicum or Research practicum (PsyD 8203) (1 credit)  
  • Practicum In Clinical Psychology (PsyD 8203) (1 credit)
  • Major Area Paper (PsyD 8270) (1 credit)

Third Year, Summer - 4 or 7 credits 

  • Ethics & Professional Issues (PsyD 8210) (3 credits)
  • Supervision practicum or Research practicum (PsyD 8203) (1 credit)  

Total Credit Hours in Curriculum: 83  

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

Satisfactory completion of at least 83 credits of approved graduate coursework. A maximum of 12 credits may be taken in courses offered by the other affiliated members of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. Doctor of psychology students must complete all degree requirements within five years of matriculation in the program.

Successful completion of all required coursework and practical requirements and the general examination.

Curriculum requirements
Core courses
PSYD 8201Psychological Assessment
PSYD 8202Psychological Assessment
PSYD 8203Practicum in Clinical Psychology
PSYD 8204Biological Bases of Clinical Psychology
PSYD 8205Psychodynamic Psychopathology
PSYD 8206Cognitive Bases of Clinical Psychology
PSYD 8207Group and Organizational Dynamics
PSYD 8209Statistics and Research Design
PSYD 8210Professional Issues
PSYD 8220Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
PSYD 8221Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
PSYD 8222Behavioral–Cognitive Therapies
PSYD 8225Theories of Mind
PSYD 8226Ego Psychology/Object Relations Theory
PSYD 8227History and Systems of Clinical Psychology
PSYD 8231Short-Term Psychotherapy
or PSYD 8240 Group Psychotherapy
PSYD 8246Community Intervention (Consultation)
PSYD 8260Child Development
PSYD 8270Current Topics in Clinical Psychology *
*Topics offered annually include Psychological Assessment III, Empirical Research, Prevention, and Supervision.
Additional coursework
Courses chosen from one of three tracks (adult, assessment, or child and adolescent) to complete the minimum requirement of 83 credits in graduate coursework.
Practical requirements
Successful completion of the practicum seminar PSYD 8203 in summer of first year and each fall and spring semester thereafter, as well as an additional practicum during a summer session.
Successful completion of an externship comprising a year-long, part-time supervised clinical assignment in two years of the program. A failed externship may, in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the program director, be repeated. If the student fails a second time, no further opportunity will be provided, and the student’s degree candidacy is terminated.
Successful completion of a one-year, full-time internship at an institution approved by the program faculty is required. If the student fails the internship, no further opportunity will be provided and the student’s degree candidacy is terminated.
General examination
Satisfactory completion of the general examination.

The Degree of Master of Psychology

Students who have earned 53 credits toward the PsyD may receive the degree of master of psychology (MPsy) degree.

Transfer of Credit

Provisions are the same as those of the doctor of philosophy program, above, except that up to 27 credits may be transferred into the program.


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