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Waiver Credit for Graduate Coursework

Students entering SOPP who have taken graduate-level course work in a Master’s, Doctoral, or other graduate program: if the content covered in a course you have taken in another graduate program is judged to be equivalent to that covered in an SOPP course, a course waiver may be approved. If a student is granted course waiver for one or more graduate-level courses, these will not be reflected on the student's WSU transcript, but the student will not be required to take the equivalent course in the SOPP curriculum. Credit for supervised clinical practicum experiences may also be waived if it is substantively equivalent to supervised practicum in the SOPP program. Students may receive credit for a minimum of 400 hours and maximum of 700 hours of graduate practicum training that is supervised by a licensed psychologist. Course waivers for prior courses or supervised clinical experiences will free up some time during which students can enroll in other courses, work on the dissertation, or involve themselves in other educational experiences.

Waiver of Credit for Graduate Coursework


SOPP’s guidelines for Waiver of Credit for Graduate Coursework are as follows:
  • All students, including those with prior graduate education, are admitted to the SOPP with the expectation that they will matriculate on a five-year curricular plan. Waivers for course or practicum will not shorten your time in the program unless you waive an entire year of coursework, as well as a full year of practicum, and meet all of the requirements to qualify for the accelerated (3 + 1) plan.
  • Students can waive a maximum of 36 credit hours of equivalent coursework. This corresponds to the credit associated with approximately 12 SOPP courses or seminars.
  • In general, course waivers will be granted only for courses or seminars taken in a Psychology Department or Clinical Psychology Program within the past five years. Exceptions to the five year time frame may be made if the student can demonstrate that s/he has continuously been involved in applying the skills and/or content of the course in a practice or other setting since the course work was originally taken.
  • Decisions concerning course waivers are based upon the extent to which a course taken in another program does or does not match, in terms of the content and depth or extent of coverage of an academic subject, a course in the SOPP program. If course waiver is not granted for a course taken in another program, that decision should be viewed only as an indication that the SOPP faculty view the content or coverage of the course as not matching that of the SOPP course. The decision by SOPP faculty regarding the match of prior graduate coursework with SOPP coursework to determine award of course waiver is final.
  • In general, individuals requesting course waivers will have a Master’s degree in clinical psychology, although requests from students with graduate coursework in closely related fields will be reviewed. Because of differences in training models, courses from counseling programs and social work programs often do not match sufficiently well with SOPP courses to warrant course waivers.
  • Only under very unusual circumstances would one course or seminar taken in another program be waived in such a way as to count toward more than one SOPP course or seminar.
  • Currently, all courses and seminars are open to course waiver with the exceptions of the Diversity sequence, Professional Development, Practice Tutorial, Professional Dissertation, and Internship. Note that the courses which are open to waiver may be modified by the faculty at any time. The faculty reserves the right to require demonstration of proficiency prior to course waiver for any course or seminar.

The following courses require demonstration of proficiency prior to course waiver: Cognitive Assessment and Lab (PSI 8110/8110L), Objective Personality Assessment (PSI 8120), and Statistics (PSI 8050). With respect to the Cognitive and Objective Personality Assessment courses, we will provide the latest course syllabi to aid you in matching coursework and labs from your Master's educational programs. In some cases, prior to granting course waiver, instructors of the assessment courses or laboratories may want to evaluate work samples, either psychological assessment reports you have done previously or in vivo, or visual/audio recorded administrations of one or more assessment instruments, to ensure that you have mastered administration and interpretation of basic psychological assessment instruments.

We will also provide the latest course syllabus for PSI 8050, Statistics. Waiver for this course will be granted based on a student having had equivalent course work and passing a written proficiency examination. Students who have had equivalent coursework and who wish to obtain course waiver for this course may want to review their texts and course notes, or the texts used for SOPP's course in Statistics after which they may contact the Office of Academic Affairs to schedule a time to take the proficiency exam.

  • Students who wish to request that graduate coursework taken prior to entering SOPP be considered for course waiver should submit the following information to the Office of Academic Affairs:
  1. A cover letter indicating which course(s) you would like considered for course waiver(s) and the corresponding course(s) in the SOPP curriculum you believe is comparable. Course descriptions are available in the Wright State University catalog.
  2. A copy of a transcript with the course(s) in question and the grade(s) you received highlighted. The transcript you submit for this purpose does not have to be an official transcript. Because the entire transcript is retained in the Office of Academic Affairs, it should not be your only copy of the transcript.
  3. The course syllabus used in each course you would like considered for course credit transfer. Decisions related to course waivers will not be made without a detailed syllabus for each course under consideration. A detailed syllabus includes, among other things, a statement of the course objectives, the text or readings for the course, and a week-by-week breakdown of the coverage of the topical matter. An example detailed syllabus is available to students upon request to the Office of Academic Affairs.

NOTE: Course descriptions from a catalog do not contain sufficient information on which to base a course waiver decision.

Course Waiver for Clinical Practicum or Fieldwork


Credit from prior supervised clinical practicum or fieldwork experiences may be waived if it is equivalent to one year of supervised clinical practicum in the SOPP program. One year of supervised clinical practicum in this program involves clinical work for two days per week for one calendar year (minimum of 700 hours) under the direct supervision of a licensed psychologist on site. Students may receive a waiver for a minimum of 400 hours of graduate practicum training that is supervised by a licensed psychologist. Students may be allowed to register for a minimum half-time practicum during their first year of the program. In this case, students must be available to begin their first year practicum by July 1.
  • Students who wish to request a course waiver for supervised clinical practicum or supervised fieldwork should highlight the course and grade received on the transcript. In addition, each clinical supervisor will need to complete a Documentation of Training Supervision form.  If a syllabus for the supervised clinical practicum or fieldwork course is available, this should also be submitted.
  • In order to have a course waiver for supervised clinical practicum, a student must also receive course waivers for courses considered prerequisites in the SOPP program for beginning the first practicum. These courses include: Interviewing, Psychopathology (Adult and Child), and Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy. Students should also have completed coursework in assessment/intervention that prepares them for a first assessment or intervention practicum. This requirement would typically include coursework in cognitive and personality assessment, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and at least one other intervention course.
  • A student waiving the requirements for a first practicum may be considered for practicum in their first year of matriculation on a space available basis. Once a course waiver for clinical practicum has been approved, please request consideration for first year practicum in writing to the Director of Clinical Training.
  • Stipends for students completing first year practicums are based on available funding. 

Timeline for Submitting Documentation for Course Waivers


All requests for course waivers and related documentation must be submitted to SOPP no later than April 15 for students requesting the 3+1 track, or May 31 for students requesting general course waiver. Materials received after this date will not be considered for course waivers unless there are significant extenuating circumstances.

If you have questions about this process in the meantime, use the contact information listed below.


IMPORTANT: Course waiver materials should be scanned and emailed or printed and mailed as follows:

Heather Ruch
School of Professional Psychology
Wright State University
110 Health Sciences Building
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH 45435-0001
heather.ruch@wright.edu
(937) 775-3492
(937) 775-3493 (Fax)

Updates: 5/12, 8/12, 9/13, 2/14, 9/15