Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements encompass core coursework, qualifying examinations or qualifying paper, master's thesis and dissertation, and research and teaching requirements. These requirements vary by program track and depend on whether or not a student is enrolled in the clinical program.

Coursework

Common to all programs are several core foundation courses and statistical courses that provide students with training in basic psychological principles and research methods. Most of these core courses are generally completed during the first two years of graduate study. All graduate students are required to take three methods/statistics courses. In addition, clinical students are required to take seven core foundation courses, while nonclinical students enroll in a subset of these courses depending on their specific program and research interests. For additional information on curriculum requirements please visit the Clinical Curriculum‌ link.

Clinical Students

  • Clinical students must complete a Master's thesis.
  • Clinical students must pass three written qualifying examinations prior to the Doctoral dissertation. The qualifying examinations cover material in general clinical psychology and in the student's chosen track-specific area of focus (adult, child, pediatric, health). Passing these examinations and completing a Master's thesis allow the student to seek candidacy for the Ph.D.
  • It is expected that clinical students will complete their dissertations during their fourth or fifth year of study prior to internship. Students also must defend a dissertation proposal prior to applying for clinical internship.
  • All clinical program tracks require successful completion of a one-year full-time clinical internship; this is done in an APA-accredited internship setting. The vast majority of students leave South Florida for their clinical internship.
  • Continuous participation in research is also required of all clinical students.
  • All students are expected to teach an undergraduate course in their third or fourth year as part of their training.
  • Clinical students also complete clinical coursework and practicum hours. For more information on clinical training please see the Practicum page link.

Nonclinical Students

  • Students must complete a Master's thesis prior to the dissertation.
  • Admission to Ph.D. candidacy is also contingent upon completion of a qualifying paper that is generally a detailed review and critique of a content area of the student's choosing.
  • The dissertation is the culmination of the student's graduate training at the doctoral level. Continuous participation in research is also required of all students.
  • All students are expected to teach an undergraduate course in their third or fourth year as part of their training.
  • Students in nonclinical programs are encouraged to obtain specialized training in a Post-Doctoral research setting