Psychology (Clinical), Psy.D.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Applying to the Psy.D. Program

Prerequisite Coursework

Applicants must have completed a minimum of 18 undergraduate semester hours of psychology, including statistics, experimental psychology or research methods, and abnormal psychology in order to be considered for admission. Please note that some courses may have undergraduate prerequisite coursework attached to them. While these undergraduate courses are not required for admission, they must be taken prior to a student’s enrollment in those courses with such prerequisites.

Application Deadline and Materials

Students are admitted to the Psy.D. program once per year for classes starting in the Fall semester. Applicants are required to submit the completed application form with all requested supplemental materials, official transcripts from degree-granting institutions, official transcripts of all previous graduate coursework, official report of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test (scores may not be more than five (5) years old), and three letters of recommendation. Completed applications along with all supporting materials must be received by the December 1 deadline to receive priority consideration for admission the following fall. It should be noted that the application process is competitive. It is recommended that scores on the Verbal section not be lower than 150 and scores on the Quantitative section not be lower than 141. Likewise, it is recommended that applications have a minimum combined total on those two sections of 297. Grade point averages for successful candidates typically range from 3.2 to 3.6. Application materials and current program information can be obtained by contacting the Marshall University Psychology Department, the Marshall University Graduate Admissions office, or by consulting the Psychology Department website at

Applicant Review Process

Applicants are divided into two groups as follows:

  1. Post-B.A.: This track is designed for students who either possess no graduate degree or whose graduate degree is in an area other than psychology. Students who have completed some graduate work towards a master’s degree in psychology but will not have completed the degree prior to admission to the Psy.D. program would also be a part of this track. Students accepted into this track are expected to enroll as full-time students throughout the program. A student accepted through this track may earn a master’s degree in general psychology as he or she makes successful progress toward the Psy.D.
  2. Advanced Standing: A student who already has a master’s degree in psychology can apply for advanced standing in the Psy.D. program. In order to apply for advanced standing, a student must have completed a master’s degree in psychology from an accepted, accredited institution. Students who are admitted with advanced standing must select to enter in either a full-time track or a part-time track by the end of their first semester of enrollment. These tracks are described as follows:

    Full-time track: Students who apply for advanced standing and the full-time track must be able to document coursework and practicum equivalencies equal to approximately 36 hours of coursework required in the Psy.D. program at Marshall University. Review of equivalencies is described in the next section. Students in the full-time track must commit to a minimum of 9 hours of coursework and practica per semester during the entire time of their enrollment. They must also commit to taking summer coursework as needed. As such, these students can anticipate completing the program in approximately four years. This would assume 5-6 semesters of coursework and a full year for the pre-doctoral internship. Students admitted to the full-time track can apply to change to the part-time track if their circumstances warrant such a change. Although students with extenuating circumstances may drop below full-time for a given semester without changing tracks, they should recognize that this change may impact the time it will take to complete the program. Students in this track desiring to attend part time for more than one semester may be required to switch formally to the part-time track.

    Part-time track: Students who apply for advanced standing and the part-time track are not required to document equivalencies at any particular level, although they must still possess a master’s degree in psychology from an accredited institution. Students in the part-time track may enroll either full-time or part-time in any given semester with the exception of the residency year, described in the next section. During the residency year, full-time enrollment is required. Students in this track should anticipate completing the program in no fewer than 5 years and no more than 7 years from the date of enrollment.

Vertical Team Practica

Practica in the program are arranged according to vertical teams. Each team is led by a clinical faculty member who is a licensed psychologist. Teams are organized around a particular orientation to clinical conceptualization and treatment planning. Teams include students at all levels of training and allow newer students to be exposed to practica in which they may be placed as they progress through the program. Vertical team arrangements also allow more experienced students to become mentors to more junior students.

Comprehensive Evaluation Process

All students admitted to the program must complete the portfolio evaluation review as part of the comprehensive evaluation process. In addition, students who are admitted without a master’s degree will take a written comprehensive prior to being awarded the master’s degree.

Doctoral Research Project

All students are required to complete a doctoral research project prior to receiving their Psy.D. degree. Details of the doctoral research process are discussed in the Psy.D. Student Handbook.

Internship Requirement

All students are required to complete a one year, full time (or two year, half time) internship in clinical psychology at an approved internship training site. There are a very limited number of local approved sites and students should anticipate the possibility of relocation during this portion of the training period. Please contact the Psy.D. program director for additional information concerning this requirement.

Residency Requirement

All students are required to enroll as full time students for a one year “residency” period. For most students, this will be the 4th year, when students focus on their doctoral research and their rural practicum placements.

Rural Practicum Placement

A key component of our program is training in and supervised delivery of psychological services in rural settings. All students will spend at least one academic year (two sequential full semesters) placed in an approved rural training site. This placement will require driving to the site and may require an overnight stay each week. More information about this part of the program is available from the Psy.D. Program Director and/or the Practicum Coordinator.

Scheduling of Coursework

Courses are offered during Fall, Spring and Summer terms, with most courses offered no more than once per year. Students must plan to take courses during each term to make appropriate progress through the curriculum.

Other information about program (e.g. comprehensive exams, specific procedures for requesting evaluation of prior graduate coursework, graduate assistantships and other student funding opportunities; the doctoral program fee charged to students each semester of enrollment) is available from the psychology department; please contact the Psy.D. Program Coordinator.

Program Requirements

Two-C Rule and Student Behavior

The following two statements are applicable to all psychology graduate programs. 

  1. 2-C Rule: Psychology students cannot be admitted to, or continue in, a graduate program in psychology if they earn more than one grade of "C" or lower in any graduate course in psychology or any course included in the plan of study. Such students will not be permitted to continue taking courses or to work on a doctoral research project. Please see the complete description of the 2C Rule on the second page of the M.A. in Psychology section. 
  2. Ethics and Student Behavior: Students in all programs are expected to behave in accordance with the APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct. Consequences for violations may include suspension or dismissal from the student's program of study. When students in the clinical area of emphasis (M.A. program) or the Psy.D. program exhibit behavior indicating inability or limited capacity to successfully perform clinical roles and functions, they may be suspended or dismissed from their program of study. 

Plan of Study

Plan of Study

Following are the courses required for the Psy.D. program. A curriculum by year can be found by visiting the website at

Foundational Psychotherapy
PSY 633Individual Psychotherapy3
Foundational Assessment
PSY 706Integrated Assessment I3
PSY 707Int Assessment Pract I1
PSY 708Integrated Assessment II3
PSY 709Int Assessment Pract II1
Adv Psych Assessment
Biological Bases of Behavior
PSY 674Biological Bases of Behavior3
PSY 618Psychopharmacology1
PSY 750Clinical Health Psychology3
Cognitive and Affective Aspects of Behavior
PSY 672Cognition and Emotion3
History and Systems of Behavior
PSY 560History & Systems Psych3
Research Methodology and Data Analysis
PSY 723Clin Res Meth in Psych3
PSY 799Doctoral Research (6 or more credits)6
PSY 717Adv Quantitative Analysis3
or EDF 625 Qualitative Research Educ
Human Development and Individual Differences
PSY 615Adv Developmental Psychology3
PSY 712Geropsychology3
PSY 764Adv Human Sexuality3
PSY 608Differ Diagnosis & Treat Plan3
Professional Standards and Ethics
PSY 605Ethic Legal & Prof Issue Psych3
Social Aspects of Behavior
PSY 606Adv Social Psychology 13
Cultural and Individual Diversity
PSY 752Rural Community Psych I3
PSY 726Adv St Cross Cult Psych3
Advanced Psychotherapy
PSY 635Child/Fam Diagn Therapy3
PSY 731Psychotherapy I3
PSY 732Psychotherapy II3
PSY 733Psychotherapy III3
PSY 755Rural Community Psych II3
PSY 634Group Therapy3
Consultation and Supervision
PSY 753Supervision in Clin Psy3
Clinical Practica
PSY 670Clinical Practicum1-3
PSY 671Clinical Practicum1-3
PSY 769Pract in Clinical Psychology1-3
PSY 713Adv Assess Practicum3
PSY 714Adv Assess Practicum3
PSY 770Adv Practicum in Clin Psy3
PSY 771Adv Practicum in Clin Psy3
PSY 772Rural Pract I3
PSY 773Rural Practicum II3
Select 3-9 credits from the following:3-9
Pre-Doctoral Internship
Pre-doctoral Internship
Pre-doctoral Internship
Pre-Doctoral Internship
Clinical Seminars
Select two of the following:6
Sem: Clinical Psychology
Sem: Clinical Psychology
Sem: Clinical Psychology
Sem: Clinical Psychology
Sem: Clinical PSY
Sem:Clinical Psychology
Sem: Clinical PSY
Teaching Experience
Teaching Psychology
Total Credit Hours111-123

Note: PSY 606 Adv Social Psychology carries a prerequisite of having taken an undergraduate course in Social Psychology. This prerequisite must be fulfilled before taking PSY 606 Adv Social Psychology as a program requirement.