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Academic Year in Residence

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The Academic Year in Residence (AYR) is a requirement for doctoral training in professional psychology. It offers the opportunity for you to focus on developing your skills and knowledge as well as honing the attributes and attitudes of a professional psychology practitioner. You will work closely with your peers and program faculty members, interacting formally and informally to create a network of colleagues; receive specific feedback on your progress; and practice skills you will need for the future.

Highlights and Benefits

Acquisition and demonstration of clinical skills and knowledge:

  • Receive in-residence instruction of skills in clinical assessment and intervention, professional ethics, and multicultural competence.
  • Use hands-on exercises such as role play, small-group work, modeling, and application to gain expertise and knowledge.
  • Gain practice with assessment instruments and methods, scoring and interpretation of tests, diagnostic formulation, and clinical report writing.
  • Learn evidence-based therapeutic techniques that prepare you for supervised practice in the practicum and internship segments of the program.
  • Receive feedback on skill development from faculty members.

Socialization into the profession:

  • Interact on a regular and consistent basis in-person with faculty members and peers.
  • Receive student success advising support.
  • Receive mentoring from faculty members to help navigate the doctoral program and prepare for career entry.
  • Gain insight into your areas of focus through formal and informal conversations with faculty and students on topics of interest in psychology.
  • Receive feedback on your professional presentation and the attitudes and attributes of being a psychologist, which you will build and develop over the year.

Practitioner preparation:

  • Support your practitioner training with a foundation of theory and knowledge to broaden your understanding of the field.
  • Prepare for field training (practicum and internship) through skill development, practice, and feedback from your faculty members.
  • Process case examples that include complicated diagnostic, multicultural, and ethical features.
  • Study models of consultation and supervision as well as gain skills and knowledge in specialized areas of psychological practice.


The Academic Year in Residence (AYR) typically takes place during the sixth through the ninth quarters of your program.

Prior to starting your AYR, you must attend your first academic residency (which typically occurs in the first 90 days after you begin the program) as well as complete the prerequisite coursework as outlined in the specialization’s program of study.

The AYR spans 12 consecutive calendar months, a standard requirement for doctoral training in psychology. Your AYR comprises eight courses (as listed below), which are completed over four quarters in a blended format. Part of each course is online, but the majority is taught face-to-face in Minneapolis. You will also experience formal and informal interaction with faculty members, administrators, students, staff members, and other professionals as part of the in-residence year.

The AYR comprises the following courses for students in the Clinical Psychology specialization:

  • Ethics and Standards of Psychological Practice
  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Personality Assessment
  • Multicultural Psychology
  • Cognitive Behavioral Psychology
  • Clinical Psychopharmacology
  • Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology
  • Consultation and Supervision in Psychology

Costs and Funding

Costs and fees related to the Academic Year in Residence (AYR) are added directly to your tuition bill. These costs do not include travel, lodging, and most meals during the residency.

If you qualify for financial aid, you may be able to use it to pay residency fees. Travel, lodging, and meals cannot be paid directly from financial aid.