Interested students ask a number of questions regularly about the School of Professional Psychology. Below, some of these frequently asked questions are answered. We encourage you to to contact our admissions office for support and additional information.
I have taken graduate courses in another program. Will the courses I have taken in my Master’s (or Doctoral) program transfer to the SOPP?
The School of Professional Psychology offers a course waiver program for students with previous graduate coursework. If the content covered in a course 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, the student will not be required to take the equivalent course in the SOPP curriculum. Up to 36 hours of SOPP coursework may be waived.
What is SOPP’s retention rate for students? Of those who are admitted each year, how many actually graduate?
Due to the selective (and inclusive) nature of the admissions process, we make every effort to ensure that students who are have the best fit are admitted to the program. As a result, we have program that graduates students in a timely manner. Please review the program outcomes.
How many students are admitted to SOPP each year?
The number of students admitted to SOPP averages 25 per year, although the number of students admitted in any year may vary slightly.
My primary interest is in a career in practice, but I am also interested in research. Does the SOPP offer students opportunities to learn about or become involved in research?
There are numerous opportunities for SOPP students to learn about and become involved in research. All faculty at SOPP engage in some form of research or scholarship, and students may assist faculty in their research or scholarly pursuits. Most faculty research and scholarship is focused on clinical or applied topics, and faculty scholarship may take the form of developing and/or evaluating programs addressing specific clinical treatment issues or client needs. In addition to assisting faculty with research and scholarship, SOPP students enroll in coursework designed to develop their skills in research and evaluation.
I have heard that competition for internships, and particularly APA accredited internships, has become fierce nationwide in recent years. How have SOPP students fared in national competition for internships?
There is no doubt that there has been increasing competition for internships over the past several years. During that time, the SOPP has maintained an outstanding record in terms of having its students place at APA accredited internship sites. This has been the case each year, even as the national internship crisis has worsened. In 2014, 88% of our students were placed in internships and over the past seven years the placement has been 92%. Of those in 2014, 100% were APA accredited internships; over the last seven years 84% have placed in APA accredited internships.
What financial support is available to SOPP students?
The decision the decision to pursue a professional degree comes with its own set of joys and challenges. As a public institution, Wright State Univeristy is committed to offering a high quality education at a affordable amount. There is no substitute for careful planning when it comes to financing the Psy.D. degree and we offer academic scholarships for students who are accepted into the program. With respect to practicum placements, the SOPP is one of the few programs nationally that provides several practicum placements that are paid.
Can SOPP students take courses in other departments to broaden their education?
Because the SOPP is a university-based program, there are a number of opportunities for students to enroll in coursework in other departments in the university. In Wright State’s College of Business and Administration, a number of courses in the MBA program are open to SOPP students, including courses in marketing, business administration, accounting, finance, business law, and human resource management. Due to the School’s strong ties to Wright State’s Center for Healthy Communities, and the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, SOPP students are also provided opportunities to participate in multi-professional work with medical and nursing students. The SOPP also has established collaborative arrangements with the Women’s Studies Program where students can receive a Graduate Certificate Program Award in Women’s Studies.
Does SOPP offer a Masters degree while matriculating through the program?
SOPP awards the Master of Clinical Psychology (Psy.M.) degree after students have completed two years of the doctoral program. This includes first year clinical experience (if required) and one year of practicum. This may also include credit for supervised clinical practicum experience (not to exceed 12 credit hours). The Psy.M. degree is not a terminal degree program and is not applied for, but rather completed as students matriculate through the Psy.D. program. NOTE: Other degree requirements apply.
Since it is a university-based program, does the SOPP provide opportunities for students to gain clinical experience in the community?
The SOPP’s faculty, students, classrooms and other training resources are housed in three locations; two of these, the Health Sciences Building and the Counseling and Wellness Services(CWS), are located on the main campus of Wright State University. The third location, the Ellis Human Development Institute, is located in an urban area of Dayton, approximately 20 minutes from campus on W. Third Street. Our resources in the Health Sciences Building include classrooms, seminar and conference rooms, a student lounge, faculty offices, and the School’s main administrative offices.
The Ellis Human Development Institute, houses faculty and student offices, a student lounge, classrooms, and clinical offices for individual and group treatment. At the Ellis Institute, SOPP students provide a wide range of assessment and treatment services, mainly to a clientele from the community. The practicum placements at both CWS and the Ellis Institute are considered “internal” practicum sites because supervision is provided by our core or adjunct faculty.
In addition to our internal practicum sites, the program has many other affiliated training sites in public and community agencies and private practices that provide students with a wide range of clinical experiences. Practicum sites are located in the Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus areas of Ohio.
The School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University is one of a relatively small number of university-based practitioner training programs. What are advantages in a university-based program compared to a free-standing professional psychology program?
There are a number of advantages to attending a university-based training program. SOPP students can take advantage of numerous resources at Wright State University. One of these resources is the university library, where one can find an extensive holdings of books, electronic databases, journals, and access to resources of all other public universities in Ohio. Wright State also has a Computing and Telecommunications Service that assists students and faculty to use technology in learning, teaching, and research. There are several other graduate and professional schools at Wright State, including the School of Medicine, College of Nursing, Business Administration, and Education and Counseling. The existence of these and other programs on campus allows SOPP students to interact, and in some cases, to enroll in courses and other training experiences in a wide range of professions and academic disciplines.
SOPP students are able to take advantage of university housing, university sports and recreational facilities, cultural events including lecture and artist series, and live performances in music, dance, and theater.
Some programs admit a large number of students each year. At times, fewer actually graduate from the program. What is SOPP’s retention rate for students? Of those who are admitted each year, how many actually graduate?
At SOPP, we make every effort to ensure that each student admitted to the program graduates with the doctorate degree. We also help them graduate in a timely manner. The SOPP’s retention rate has been excellent over the past seven years. Of the students who have been admitted, 89% have graduated, on schedule, with the Psy.D. degree.
How many students are admitted to SOPP each year? What is the average class size and what is ratio of students to faculty?
The number of students admitted to SOPP is approximately 25 per year, although the number of students admitted in any year may vary slightly. Class size for required courses, most of which are taken during the first year, will be close to or the same as the number of students admitted that year. Elective courses, most of which are taken during the second, third and fourth years, have an average enrollment of 12 students.
I understand that the SOPP faculty emphasizes a “generalist” model of training. Is there an advantage to “generalist” training? What about specialization?
The SOPP emphasizes generalist training because we believe that students are best served by a breadth of training and educational experiences at the predoctoral level. Also, we believe k that a solid foundation in generalist training is particularly important in today’s changing professional practice arena. A broad-based, generalist foundation provides an educational base from which SOPP graduates may pursue specialist training in one or more areas as a part of postdoctoral training,continuing professional education, and throughout their professional careers.
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