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Degree Requirements

Required Courses
The courses required to complete the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at University of the Cumberlands are listed below.


First Year Core Content
Coursework in: psychological theory, statistics, research methods, personality theory, lifespan development, social bases of behavior, biological bases of behavior, professional ethics, professional identity, and grief and crisis intervention.


Second Year Skill Development Courses
Coursework in: Fundamentals of Clinical Interviewing and Psychotherapy, Cognitive- Behavioral Approaches, Existential- Humanistic Approaches, Group Psychotherapy, Cognitive and Personality Assessment, yearlong practica seminars, and beginning dissertation coursework.


Third Year Advanced Courses
Coursework in: Psychodynamic Approaches, Supervision, Management, and Consultation, Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior, History and Systems, Special Topics, yearlong practica seminars, and advanced independent dissertation coursework.


Practicum & Internship
The 2 year long clinical practica and the yearlong pre-doctoral internship are intended to expose our students to a wide variety of mental disorders and provide an opportunity to assess and treat mental health in clients of all ages, both sexes, and many cultures.


Doctoral Dissertation
University of the Cumberlands is committed to maintaining the tradition that research, together with writing and defending a significant doctoral dissertation, is the best possible preparation for a lifetime of learning. To that end, University of the Cumberlands requires every student to write an original doctoral dissertation that represents significant contribution to the field of clinical psychology.


Viva Voce
To ensure quality and originality, an oral defense known as a viva voce is required of each student. The viva voce represents the final step in the educational process. Successful defense of the ideas presented in the doctoral dissertation serves as the basis for awarding the Doctor of Philosophy degree by the faculty and officers of University of the Cumberlands.


Time Limit for Degree Completion
The Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology must be completed within seven years of enrolling. The Program Director must approve any request for an extension of this time limit.

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