Psy.D. Degree

The educational and training philosophy of the School of Professional Psychology (SOPP) explicitly emphasizes generalist training at the doctoral level. Accordingly, the faculty has designed course work, clinical practica, and other educational experiences to give students broad exposure to theoretical models, clinical skills, and professional roles that prepare students for the current and future practice of psychology.

The SOPP's curriculum has been organized around competency areas fundamental to the practice of psychology: relationship, assessment, intervention, basic science/research and evaluation, consultation/education, management/supervision, and diversity. SOPP students demonstrate mastery of the seven core competencies as they proceed through course work and their clinical practicum training.

Clinical Psychology and the Practitioner Model of Training

We were among the first doctoral programs in the country to develop a practitioner model program and grant the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree. We were founded in 1978, accepted our first students in 1979 and have been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since graduating from our charter class in 1982.

As a practitioner model program, we focus on training students for professional practice. Our educational and training goals are summarized in our Mission Statement. We are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association (APA).

For questions regarding accreditation, contact the APA at:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
(202) 336-5979

The Psy.D. Degree

The Doctor of Psychology degree is designed for individuals who have been educated for the professional practice of psychology. It is the degree awarded by most doctoral programs nationwide that emphasize training for practice.

Successful completion of the Psy.D. degree in the School of Professional Psychology meets educational requirements for the Psychology license/certification in Ohio as regulated by the Ohio Board of Psychology.

Licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state, and we have not determined if this program meets requirements outside of Ohio. If you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please contact the appropriate licensing entity ( in that state to seek information and guidance regarding that state’s licensure or certification requirements.

A Focus on Generalist Training

Our educational philosophy explicitly emphasizes generalist training at the doctoral level. Accordingly, we have designed our coursework, clinical practica, and other educational experiences to give you broad exposure to theoretical models, clinical skills, and professional roles. We believe generalist education and training at the doctoral level best prepares students to meet the current and future challenges posed by changes in health care delivery while capitalizing on practice opportunities in the rapidly changing world of professional practice.

Within our generalist model of training, you will find opportunities to pursue interests and achieve added depth in selected areas of practice. Students may elect to pursue added depth in the following emphasis areas: child, health rehabilitation and primary care, or forensic psychology.

A Competency-based Curriculum

The curriculum of the SOPP is organized around the profession-wide competency areas of the standards of accreditation from American Psychological Association: research, ethical and legal standards, individual and cultural diversity, professional values, attitudes, and behaviors, communication and interpersonal skills, assessment, intervention, supervision, and consultation, interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills. 

SOPP students demonstrate mastery of these nine core competencies as they proceed through coursework and clinical practicum training. To be approved for an internship, SOPP students must demonstrate their competence in each of the areas in the Comprehensive Clinical Examination (CCE)

Diversity and the Educational and Social Context

We devote ourselves to ensuring diversity throughout the program. Consistent with our mission, our focus is to recruit and retain a diverse community that is welcoming and inclusive

Students with Disabilities

Wright State University offers a number of support services and a highly accessible campus for students with disabilities. On the main campus, several buildings are connected via a system of underground tunnels to help all students navigate the campus, particularly in inclement weather. 

University-Based Program

Our university-based doctoral program enables SOPP students to have access to all university facilities and activities. These include the library and student support services. In addition, as part of a university-based program, students may also participate in numerous sports. You can take advantage of the university's physical fitness center, indoor swimming pool, sauna facilities, and a gym equipped with free weights and the latest in cardiovascular fitness machines.

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Support

Wright State University is a state-supported university, therefore, our tuition and fees are modest when compared to those of other similar doctoral and professional programs in psychology. In addition, the SOPP will provide more student support to its students than most programs in the country. In recent years, the SOPP has provided assistance to its students in the form of scholarships of various kinds and stipends from some practicum sites.