Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required to Earn the Degree: 32-68, depending on area of specialization1:

Clinical Psychology68
Cognition and Neuroscience 232
Developmental Psychology 232
Social Psychology 232

Required Courses:

Area of Specialization in Clinical Psychology

Core Courses
PSY 8011Graduate Statistics I 13
PSY 8015Teaching of Psychology0
PSY 8017Professional Issues for Psychology Careers0
PSY 8021Graduate Statistics II 13
PSY 8410Multicultural Issues in Clinical Psychology3
PSY 8411Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies3
PSY 8412Core Course in Psychopathology3
PSY 8413Psychological Assessment I3
PSY 8423Psychological Assessment II3
PSY 8433Clinical Psychology: Scientific and Professional Dimensions3
PSY 8481Social, Cognitive, and Developmental Aspects of Behavior3
PSY 9187Clinical Practicum 23
PSY 9287Clinical Practicum 23
PSY 9387Clinical Practicum 23
PSY 9411Clinical Research Methodology3
PSY 9485Ph.D. Internship Course2
PSY 9487Clinical Practicum 23
PSY 9987Assessment Practicum6
Bio-integrative Course 33
Clinical Elective3
General Electives6
Research Courses 46
PSY 9994
Preliminary Examination Preparation
PSY 9998
Pre-Dissertation Research
PSY 9999
Ph.D. Dissertation Research
Total Credit Hours68

Areas of Specialization in Cognition and Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, and Social Psychology

Core Courses
PSY 8011Graduate Statistics I 13
PSY 8015Teaching of Psychology1
PSY 8017Professional Issues for Psychology Careers1
PSY 8021Graduate Statistics II 13
Electives and Topical Seminars18
Research Courses 26
PSY 9994
Preliminary Examination Preparation
PSY 9998
Pre-Dissertation Research
PSY 9999
Ph.D. Dissertation Research
Total Credit Hours32

Optional Concentration in Quantitative Methods

Number of Credits Required to Complete the Optional Concentration: 3

Coursework taken as part of the Psychology Ph.D.
PSY 8011
Graduate Statistics I
PSY 8021
Graduate Statistics II
Two Advanced Multivariate Methods courses 1
Coursework required outside of the Psychology Ph.D. 2
PSY 8031Survey of Multivariate Techniques3
Total Credit Hours3

Internship: An internship is required for the Clinical Psychology area of specialization.

Culminating Events:
Preliminary Examination:
The purpose of the preliminary examination is to demonstrate critical and interpretive knowledge in a specialized area of Psychology. The exam should be modeled after published literature reviews in the field and evaluated by the criteria applied to reviews that are submitted for publication to scholarly journals. The examination evaluates the student's ability to apply specific research foci to anticipated problems in Psychology. The student must demonstrate a high level of oral and written competency in reviewing, synthesizing, and evaluating an important topic in the field of Psychology.

The preliminary examination is generally completed by the end of the third year of study. The subject areas are determined, in advance, by the student and the Doctoral Advisory Committee. The Doctoral Advisory Committee must include at least three Graduate Faculty members from Temple's Psychology Department. The committee may be expanded to include other Temple Presidential faculty (from inside or outside the Department) and/or doctorally prepared experts from outside the University, provided that a majority of the members of the committee are members of Temple's Graduate Faculty. The Doctoral Advisory Committee evaluates the examination. Each member votes to pass or fail the student. In order to pass, a majority of the committee members must agree that the exam has been satisfactorily completed. The examination is defended orally following an evaluation of the written document.

Students who are preparing to write their preliminary examinations should confirm a time and date with the Chair of the Doctoral Advisory Committee and notify all members of their training program.

The dissertation proposal demonstrates the student's knowledge of and ability to conduct the proposed research. The proposal should consist of the following:

  1. the context and background surrounding a particular research problem;
  2. an exhaustive survey and review of literature related to the problem; and
  3. a detailed methodological plan for investigating the problem.

The Doctoral Advisory Committee evaluates and approves the proposal or requests modifications by the student.

The doctoral dissertation is an original empirical study that makes a significant contribution to the field of Psychology. It should expand the existing knowledge and demonstrate both the student's grasp of research methods and a mastery of her/his primary area of interest. Dissertations should be rigorously investigated; uphold the ethics and standards of the field; demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the primary area of interest and the broader field of Psychology; and be prepared for publication in a professional journal.

The Dissertation Examining Committee evaluates the student's dissertation and oral defense, including the student's ability to express verbally her/his research question, methodological approach, primary findings, and implications. The Dissertation Examining Committee consists of the Doctoral Advisory Committee plus at least three additional doctorally prepared individuals. The majority of the individuals on the Committee must be members of the Temple University Graduate Faculty. The Dissertation Examining Committee votes to pass or fail the dissertation and the defense at the conclusion of the public presentation.

If a student needs to change a member of either the Doctoral Advisory Committee or the Dissertation Examining Committee, the new member must be approved by the Departmental Chair and registered with the department's Graduate Secretary and the Graduate School.

Students who are preparing to defend their dissertation should confirm a time and date with their Dissertation Examining Committee and register with the Graduate Secretary at least 15 days before the defense is to be scheduled. The Graduate Secretary arranges the time, date, and room within two working days, and forwards to the student the appropriate forms.

After the Graduate Secretary has arranged the time, date, and room for the defense, the student must send to the Graduate School a completed "Announcement of Dissertation Defense" form, found in TUportal under the Tools tab within “University Forms,” at least 10 working days before the defense. The Department posts announcements of the defense, and the Graduate School lists the defense on its website.