Degree Requirements: Clinical Psychology
The doctoral degree in clinical psychology requires a minimum of 96 credits. En route to doctoral candidacy the student must complete the requirements for a master’s degree in psychology according to the following:
Master’s Degree: 48 Total Credit Hours
Doctoral Degree: 48 Total Credit Hours
A master’s degree in psychology equivalent to the above and the following 48 credits:
(required credits: 12)
(required credits: 12)
The dissertation must be orally proposed and defended.
Psychology Electives Credits: 6
Biological aspects of behavior Credits: 3*
Cognitive and affective aspects of behavior Credits: 3*
Social aspects of behavior Credits: 3*
Developmental Aspects of Behavior Credits: 3*
Note: *Courses must be chosen from approved list in the Student Handbook or be approved by petition of the Clinical Program Committee.
The Comprehensive examination for the doctoral program will consist of an examination administered once each year. Students may take the exam after they have completed 66 credits and the Master’s thesis.
Electives consist of any 700-level psychology course. 700-level courses offered by other departments may fulfill the elective requirement with approval of the student’s advisor and the Clinical Program Committee.
Students must obtain a grade of B- or better in each course taken for that course to count toward the degree. One grade below a B- (i.e. C+ or lower) will result in probation. Once on probation for receiving a grade below a B-, a second grade (in the same or different classes) below a B-, will result in immediate separation from the program. If a student re-takes a course in which s/he received a grade lower than a B- (i.e. C+ or lower) and earns a B- or better, s/he will be removed from probation. A student may only be on academic probation twice during their graduate career in Psychology; a third probation will result in separation from the program. No student shall be allowed more than two simultaneous grades of incomplete, except in the case of a documented and approved medical leave.
Students must conform to all policies of the UNLV Graduate College, as stated in the UNLV Graduate Catalog, those stated in the UNLV Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program Student Handbook, and the American Psychological Association Code of Ethics. Students will be evaluated at least yearly across several professional competencies in the following five areas: (1) academic performance; (2) scholarly research activity; (3) clinical knowledge and skill; (4) ethical behavior and professional conduct; and (5) assistantship performance, if applicable. Inadequate performance in one or more may result in the imposition of additional requirements, loss of Graduate Assistantship, probation, or separation from the program.
Admitted clinical students may waive credits or transfer credits from graduate studies in other programs contingent upon departmental approval and in accordance with Graduate College policy.