Clinical Psychology Concentration
Clinical students in the MA/PhD track are required to satisfy all requirements for the MA degree in clinical psychology as part of their PhD requirement. A minimum of 45 semester hours is required for the MA component of the PhD. The PhD in Clinical Psychology requires 105 semester hours including internship hours (2 credits). All credits taken to satisfy the MA component may be applied toward the PhD requirements.
Students who receive an MA in Clinical Psychology from another institution will submit syllabi, thesis document, and other materials for review. The students will work closely with their advisor and the Director of Clinical Training to develop their doctoral plan of study. All courses taken at another institution are reviewed for course equivalence with our required courses. If deemed equivalent, the course requirement is waived. In addition, the thesis is reviewed by a committee of three faculty, and, if viewed as comparable in scope and theoretical focus to the UNC Greensboro thesis requirement, no additional thesis work will be required.
For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.
In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, applicants must submit a Psychology Department Application Form, which is available at http://www.uncg.edu/psy/grad/applying.html.
It is important to note that the department does not accept students who seek a terminal MA degree in clinical psychology, only those seeking a PhD.
For clinical program students, course grades lower than a B cannot count toward either the MA or PhD degree; these courses must be re-taken, or substitute courses taken. Course equivalents are decided in consultation with the advisor, the student's planning committee and the Director of Clinical Training.
M.A. Degree Program Requirements
Required: 45 credit hours
|Research and Quantitative Analysis||17|
|Statistical Methods in Psychology I (4 creditd)|
|Statistical Methods in Psychology II (4 credits)|
|Research Methods in Psychology (3 credits)|
|Thesis (6 credits)|
|History and Systems of Psychology||1|
|Graduate Problems in Psychology (1 credit)|
|Psychological Disorders in Children (3 credits)|
|Psychological Disorders in Adults (3 credits)|
|Theory and Methods of Psychotherapy (3 credits)|
|Theory and Methods of Personality Assessment (3 credits)|
|Theory and Methods of Behavioral Assessment and Therapy (3 credits)|
|Theory Mthds Intellctl Assess (3 credits)|
|Clinical Practicum Training||9|
|Contemporary Practicum Topics (3 credits total, 1 credit taken in each of three semesters)|
|Practicum in Clinical Intervention (6 credits)|
Ph.D. Degree Program Requirements
Required: 105 credit hours
In addition to the MA requirements (45 credit hours), students must complete the following 60 credits:
|Discipline Specific Knowledge (Basic and Advanced Integrative)||6|
|Students must select 2 courses (6 credits) from the following: *|
|Social and Emotional Development|
|Health and Aging|
|Gender and Health|
|Additional Profession-Wide Competencies Required for the Ph.D.||9|
|Ethical Responsibilities of Clinical Psychologists (3 credits)|
|Contemporary Problems (3 credits)|
|Multicultural Issues in Clinical Psychology (3 credits)|
|Additional Quantitative Course/Seminar Requirement for the Ph.D.||6|
|At least 3 credits from the following courses:||3-6|
|R for Education and the Social Sciences|
|Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analytic Methods for Scale Construction|
|Structural Equation Modeling in Education|
|Hierarchical Linear Modeling|
|Additional Seminar Requirement||0-3|
If only 3 Quantitative hours are earned, an additional 3 credit hour seminar is required as described above.
|Additional Ph.D. Research Requirements||21|
|Independent Doctoral Research (6 credits)|
|Preliminary Examination: Integration Across at Least Two Areas Within Psychology (3 credits)|
|Doctoral Dissertation Research (12-24 credits)|
|Ph.D. Clinical Practicum Training||16|
|Contemporary Practicum Topics (4 credits minimum post--M.A., 1 credit in each of four semesters)|
|Practicum in Clinical Intervention (6 credits in addition to those earned for the M.A.)|
|Advanced Practicum in Clinical Psychology (6 credits)|
|Required Internship Training||2|
|Internship in Clinical Psychology (2 credits, 1 in each of two semesters)|
Courses offered at sister institutions may also fulfill this requirement as deemed by the planning committee.
Discipline Specific Knowledge (Basic and Advanced integrative)
Coverage of basic knowledge in 5 core areas of Psychology (Biological, Developmental, Social, Cognitive, and Affective) and advanced integration of this knowledge across at least two of these areas is evaluated and met through a variety of ways including: 1) formal graduate level coursework which builds on a student’s pre-matriculation experiences and competencies, 2) laboratory based research, including the thesis and dissertation, and 3) preliminary examination paper. In some cases, pre-matriculation competencies may fulfill the basic foundational requirement for one or more areas. Regardless of the specific way in which a student meets these requirements outside of formal coursework, a minimum of 2 graduate level courses is required to complete this requirement.
Students select from a menu of courses, based on their pre-matriculation experiences and in consultation with the planning committee. At least 2 courses, each incorporating at least 2 of the basic core areas and including integration across the area, are required. In choosing from an array of courses, coverage of at least 4 different core areas must be attained. Students will obtain foundational coverage in the fifth basic areas through other educational means (e.g., thesis prelim or dissertation, pre-matriculation competencies, etc.). Regardless of means of acquiring advanced integrative knowledge, all educational experiences are evaluated at the graduate level.
Specific courses fulfilling this requirement are individually planned for each student in consultation with the doctoral planning committee and are determined in part by the student’s pre-matriculation competencies and research and career goals.
Additional Quantitative Course/Seminar Requirement for the Ph.D. Degree
Note that a minimum of 3 credits must be in the Quantitative area. If 6 credits are taken in Quantitative, no additional seminar is required. If only 3 credits are taken in the Quantitative area, the student must supplement their coursework with an additional seminar (a PSY 735 course either in clinical or within another area(s) of Psychology, or an outside seminar approved by the doctoral planning committee).