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Psy.M. Procedures

photo of a sopp graduateThe School of Professional Psychology (SOPP) was granted approval by the Ohio Board of Regents in 2009 to award the Master of Clinical Psychology (Psy.M.) degree to its students. Students are admitted to the Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) degree program which serves as the terminal degree for SOPP students. Students do not apply for admission separately for the Psy.M. degree as it is not a terminal degree program. Rather, it is completed en passant as students matriculate through the Psy.D. program. SOPP students who are awarded the Psy.M. degree have a competitive edge with regard to practicum placement and internship.


Degree Requirements

The Program of Study lists the curricular requirements, both academic and clinical, that must be completed and documented for award of the Psy.M. degree. The degree requirements are summarized as follows:

Summary of Requirements for the Master of Clinical Psychology (Psy.M.) Degree
  • Completion of 58 credit hours from the first two years of course work in the SOPP doctoral program; this may include approved graduate waiver credit not to exceed 29 credit hours.
  • Two semesters of Practice Tutorial (PT) seminars.
  • Two semesters of Professional Development (PD) seminars
  • A minimum of 100 hours and two academic terms of First Year Clinical Experience, if required by the Office of Clinical Training
  • Four consecutive semesters of Practicum completed in the first and second year of the doctoral program (12 credit hours)
  • Four (4) hours of Professional Dissertation credit
  • Good academic standing (minimum of 3.0 GPA and not on probation)

Students who are approved for waiver of graduate coursework may apply 36 credit hours toward completion of the Psy.M. degree. This waiver credit must be shown on the Program of Study.

A student who is on academic probation is not considered in good standing and is therefore not eligible to apply for the Psy.M. degree until he/she has been removed from probation.

Application for the Psy.M. Degree

Students will typically complete requirements for the Psy.M. degree at the end of their second year in the program. The Psy.M. degree will be awarded to SOPP students who apply for the degree after their second year in the program. This will allow students to successfully complete their first year of practicum in the second year of the program. Students who have earned a Master’s in Clinical Psychology degree from another institution may apply for and be awarded the Psy.M. degree from the School of Professional Psychology. However, all Psy.M. degree requirements as stated in the Program of Study must be completed.

The Office of Academic Affairs will manage the Psy.M. degree application process. Once certified, the Psy.M. degree will be conferred to students in the Fall of their third year.

A diploma will be issued to students who have completed all degree requirements and apply for the Master of Clinical Psychology (Psy.M.) degree. Students are invited to attend Fall commencement along with other Wright State University graduates.

Program of Study

  • Theories of Personality, 3 credit hours
  • Interviewing, 3 credit hours
  • Psychopathology, 4 credit hours
  • Multicultural Lab, 3 credit hours
  • Cognitive Assessment & Lab, 4 credit hours
  • Professional Development, 2 credit hours
  • Research Methods, 3 credit hours
  • Objective Personality Assessment, 3 credit hours
  • Human Development, 3 credit hours
  • Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies, 3 credit hours
  • Neuropsych of Affect & Behavior, 3 credit hours
  • Group Therapy, 3 credit hours
  • Intro to Projective Assessment, 3 credit hours
  • Professional Dissertation, 4 credit hours
  • Practicum, 12 credit hours
  • Practice Tutorial, 2 credit hours
  • Statistics, 3 credit hours
  • Diversity Integration I, 3 credit hours
  • Dynamic & Interpersonal, 3 credit hours
  • Neuropsych Assessment, 3 credit hours
  • Crisis Intervention, 3 credit hours
  • History & Systems, 3 credit hours
  • Total credit hours, 76

Courses shown above are typically completed in Years 1 and 2 of the program. These courses may vary so long as students complete two full years of coursework (for a minimum of 58 credit hours) and 3 consecutive semesters of Supervised Experience (Practicum) in the second year of the program. The Practicum semesters are: Summer B First Year, Fall, Spring, Summer A Second Year.

Graduate waiver credit applied to the Psy.M. degree may not exceed 36 credit hours, or 1/2 of hours listed on program of study.