Pepperdine University | Graduate School of Education and Psychology

PsyD in Clinical Psychology

A fifth year may be required for students who elect a two-year, half-time doctoral internship. These students must enroll in an additional unit of PSY 780.

* Students enroll in only one of the five Theories and Techniques: A and B course sequences during each of the second and third years.

** 2 units per term for a total of 6 units per academic year until student is eligible for Dissertation Completion course.

For detailed descriptions of each course, click on the course number to view details.

PsyD Pathway Curriculum

Year One Courses

Fall Term 
PSY 704 Cognitive-Affective Foundations of Behavior  (3)
PSY 705 Sociocultural Foundations of Behavior  (3)
PSY 706 Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues  (3)
PSY 707 Interviewing and Intake Evaluation  (2)
PSY 710 Cognitive Assessment  (3)
PSY 770 Doctoral Practicum: Clinical Skills Intensive A (2)
PSY 790 Applied Scholarship and Dissertation Development (1)
Spring Term
PSY 701  Research Methods in Clinical Psychology (2)
PSY 708  Foundations of Conceptualization and Psychotherapy in Multicultural Context (2)
PSY 711  Personality Assessment (3)
PSY 714  Advanced Clinical Psychopathology (3)
PSY 716  Developmental Foundations in Clinical Psychology (3)
PSY 771  Doctoral Practicum: Clinical Skills Intensive B (2) 
PSY 791  Applied Scholarship Intensive A (1)
Summer Term  
PSY 715  Behavioral Foundations in Clinical Psychology: Assessment and Intervention (3)
PSY 717  History and Systems of Clinical Psychology (2) 
PSY 772  Doctoral Practicum: Clinical Skills Intensive C (1)
PSY 792  Applied Scholarship Intensive B (1) 
  Total First Year Units 40

Year Two Courses

Fall Term
PSY 713 Advanced Psychological Assessment (3)
PSY 718 Interventions with Children and Adolescents (3)
PSY 730, 732, 734, 736, 738
Theories and Techniques (3)
PSY 773 Doctoral Practicum: Case Conceptualization, Assessment and Treatment Planning (1)
PSY 793 Clinical Applied Scholarship Intensive C (1)
Spring Term
PSY 702 Data Analysis in Empirical Research (2)
PSY 703 Social Foundations of Behavior (2)
PSY 731, 733, 735, 737, 739
Theories and Techniques (3)
PSY 774 Doctoral Practicum: Case Conceptualization, Assessment and Treatment Planning (1)
PSY 794 Dissertation Project A (1)
Summer Term
PSY 743 Group Interventions (1)
PSY 750-755 Electives (2)
PSY 775 Doctoral Practicum: Case Conceptualization, Assessment and Treatment Planning (1)
PSY 795 Dissertation Project B (1)
  Total Second Year Units 25

Year Three Courses

Fall Term
PSY 712 Biological Foundations of Behavior (3)
PSY 730,732,734,736,738
Theories and Techniques (3)
PSY 776 Doctoral Practicum: Clinical Supervision and Consultation (1.5)
PSY 796 Dissertation Project C (1)
Spring Term
PSY 731,733,735,737,739
Theories and Techniques (3)
PSY 756 Proseminar in Professional Development (1.5)
PSY 777 Doctoral Practicum: Clinical Supervision and Consultation (1)
PSY 797 Dissertation Writing A (1)
Summer Term
PSY 795 Dissertation Writing B (1)
  Total Third Year Units 16

Year Four Courses

Fall Term
PSY 780 Doctoral Internship (0.5)
PSY 799 Applied Scholarship Dissertaton Completion (if needed) (2)
Spring Term
PSY 780 Doctoral Internship (0.5)
PSY 799 Applied Scholarship Dissertaton Completion (if needed) (2)
Summer Term
PSY 799 Applied Scholarship Dissertaton Completion (if needed) (2)
  Total Fourth Year Units 1-5.5