Given the ongoing demand for doctoral level training in professional psychology and the limited number of students that we will admit per year, admission to the Psy.D. program is expected to be quite competitive. The Psy.D. program enrolls eight students each year.
To earn a Psy.D. at Georgia Southern University, students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 114 credits of coursework (a minimum of one year, 12 continuous months of full-time coursework must be done in residency at Georgia Southern), three years of practicum, pass the Clinical Qualifying Examination (written and oral components), complete a dissertation, and complete a 12-month (2000-hour) clinical internship. The dissertation proposal and CQE must be defended before the student may apply for internship. The standard timeline for completion of the Psy.D. is 5 years (including the 12-month internship).
Although academic background, intellectual potential, and professional experience and skills will be key selection criteria, we intend to recruit students who are committed to providing service with predominantly rural and underserved populations. Therefore, students should carefully consider their interest in rural and underserved populations before applying to the program. Applicants will only be considered for admission to the Psy.D. program (i.e., students will not be admitted for a terminal masters degree in clinical psychology).
Undergraduate Prerequisites. To be admitted to the Psy.D. program an applicant need not have an undergraduate degree in psychology. However, the student must have earned a minimum grade of B in the following courses: Psychological Statistics, Research Design, Abnormal Psychology. In addition, students must have taken at least two of the following courses: Personality, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Learning and/or Cognition, Health Psychology, Tests and Measurement, Theories of Psychotherapy, and/or Psychology of Substance Abuse. Additional coursework in psychology and in related disciplines is likely to strengthen a candidate’s application.
Transfer of graduate courses from other institutions. Students may receive credit for graduate courses taken at a regionally accredited institution during the last five years. A maximum of 18 hours of graduate level coursework is allowed. All decisions on exempted courses lie with the Clinical Training Committee, and require any student desiring course transfer to provide documentation (e.g., syllabi, tests, grades) from the previous course.
Credit will not be given for clinical courses, with the exception of Assessment I: Psychometric Theory (PSYC 7231) and Assessment II: Intellectual Assessment (PSYC 7234).
Students wishing to be exempted from these courses must demonstrate proficiency as determined by the clinical committee. Students wishing to transfer these courses must demonstrate proficiency as determined by the Clinical Training Committee. Course equivalencies will be determined on a case by case basis. Any course deficiencies will need to be completed with attention to course sequences and prerequisites before a degree can be awarded.
Part-time Admission. The Psy.D. program is designed to be a full-time program completed in five years. However, we realize some students may desire to do a portion of the program part-time. Students may be admitted to the program with part-time status. The following criteria must be met:
- Students must apply via the same admission procedures as full-time students;
- Students can only begin the program in the Fall semester; and
- Students must be admitted with a minimum of 18 hours of course credit in non-clinical courses (i.e., they must enter the program with the maximum amount of transfer credit).
Once admitted, part-time students must:
- Enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours of coursework each semester;
- Be enrolled in the program every semester, unless a Leave of Absence is granted;
- Enroll in necessary co-requisite courses when they are required;
- Enroll in Foundations of Psychotherapy I, II, and Group Psychotherapy (PSYC 7232, 7433, and 7235) in consecutive semesters;
- Switch to full-time enrollment (minimum 9 credit hours per semester) for at least one full year to meet the residency requirement; and
- Complete the Psy.D. program within the 8-year time limit allowed for all students.
More information regarding admission to the Psy.D program.
Thresa Yancey, Ph.D. (Director of Clinical Training)