General Program

The General Program allows students to choose areas of focus not otherwise reflected in the following specializations and tailor part of the curriculum to their interests.

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 cr.)
  • Foundation course (5 cr.)
  • Core courses (45 cr.)
  • Research courses (20 cr.)
  • Elective courses (15 cr.)
  • Clinical practicum (6 cr.)
  • Internship (12 cr.)
  • Academic Year in Residence (40 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Dissertation
    • Dissertation Writing courses (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion)
  • Four 4-day PhD residencies

Walden students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

Please refer to Walden’s catalog for more information about degree requirements.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment specialist at 844-675-1041.


Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8880G Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)

Foundation Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code CPSY 8002 Course Foundations of Graduate Studies in Clinical Psychology Credits (5 cr.)

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code CPSY 8781 Course Psychopathology from a Clinical Perspective Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code CPSY 8245 Course Interpersonal Psychotherapy Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code CPSY 8247 Course Social Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code CPSY 8316 Course Tests and Measurement Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code CPSY 8215 Course Lifespan Development Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code CPSY 8226 Course Biopsychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code CPSY 8700 Course Psychology and Social Change Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code CPSY 8238 Course Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code CPSY 8207 Course History and Systems of Psychology Credits (5 cr.)

Elective Courses

The PhD in Clinical Psychology program requires 15 credits (three courses) of electives. Select three courses from any of the PhD in Clinical Psychology specialization courses or choose elective courses from the other PhD in Psychology specializations (Educational, Forensic, General, Health, Organizational, and Social Psychology). Please note that the per-credit-hour cost will be slightly higher if you choose courses other than those PhD Clinical Psychology specializations; see Tuition and Fees for exact costs.

Research Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code RSCH 8110 Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8210 Course Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8310 Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8260 Course Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)

Clinical Practicum

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code CPSY 8290 Course Clinical Psychology Practicum I Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code CPSY 8291 Course Clinical Psychology Practicum II Credits (3 cr.)

Academic Year in Residency†

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code PSYR 8704 Course Ethics and Standards of Psychological Practice Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYR 8340 Course Cognitive Assessment Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYR 8350 Course Personality Assessment Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYR 8421 Course Multicultural Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYR 8232 Course Consultation and Supervision in Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYR 8240 Course Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYR 8117 Course Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYR 8346 Course Clinical Psychopharmacology Credits (5 cr.)

Internship

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code CPSY 8292 Course Psychology Internship I Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code CPSY 8293 Course Psychology Internship II Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code CPSY 8294 Course Psychology Internship III Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code CPSY 8295 Course Psychology Internship IV Credits (3 cr.)

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone

Dissertation Writing Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code CPSY 9000L* Course Dissertation Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms)

AYR courses begin in the sixth quarter and end with the completion of the ninth quarter. These courses are blended with online and face-to-face components.

*Students are continuously enrolled in CPSY 9000L for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion of their dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

8-Year Maximum Timeframe
Students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements. See the policy in the Walden University Student Handbook. Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe, but an extension is not guaranteed.

Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.

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