Focused on graduating socially  
responsible scholar-practitioners.

Focused on graduating socially
responsible scholar-practitioners.

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Overview

The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program prepares students for the general practice of professional clinical psychology with particular focus on socially responsible practice that includes education and training regarding the broader social and systemic factors that contribute to human dysfunction.

Our Psy.D. program aligns with the scholar-practitioner model of training and education developed by the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology to develop knowledge, skills, and values in seven core competency areas: relationship, assessment, intervention, research and evaluation, consultation and education, management and supervision, and individual and cultural diversity.

The Vancouver campus program curriculum parallels the Chicago campus Psy.D. curriculum that has received accreditation from the American Psychological Association. The program curriculum has been specially designed to meet the curricular requirements of most provincial and state licensing and registration bodies. Graduates of the parallel Chicago campus Psy.D. program have registered as Psychologists in Canada and the United States. Applicants are encouraged to consult the registration requirements of the jurisdiction in which they hope to become licensed or registered to verify that the program meets their specific jurisdictions requirements. 

The program is structured for completion in five years of full-time study, which includes a full year internship. Generally, students will spend four years in coursework and practicum experience, followed by a one-year (full-time) internship. 

Training: Practica and Internship

The program requires 1500 hours of clinical practicum experience with appropriate supervision from credentialed supervisors and group supervision by School faculty. After completing all coursework, practicum training experiences and clinical qualifying examinations, students will be required to complete a 1600 hour Internship at a site approved by the University. In addition, the program requires a 150 hour Social Justice Practicum, taken during the first year of study, that provides students with experiential learning on issues of diversity and social justice as they relate to individual and community mental health and well-being.

Research Training and the Dissertation

The dissertation requires students to design, implement and prepare a comprehensive report on a research study examining a clinical issue relevant to the practice of clinical psychology. The dissertation is designed to contribute to a student’s knowledge, skills, and expertise in scholarship and its importance to the science and practice of professional psychology. It serves as an important capstone requirement for cumulative, sequential learning in research methodologies and evaluating the ability to integrate research and practice.


Applicants to the program must have the following:

  • An honours baccalaureate degree in psychology or the equivalent from an accredited institution. Equivalency means at least 60 credits of coursework in psychology.
  • A GPA of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate or graduate course work.
  • Completed senior courses in statistics, research methods, neuroscience, cognition, abnormal psychology, social psychology,
    developmental psychology, tests and measurement theory, personality and learning.
  • Practicum or work experience in psychology or a related field is highly desirable and is considered in the evaluation of applicants.
  • Submission of the Graduate Records Exam general score.
  • Approved applicants will be evaluated through an in-person writing sample and interview as the final step in the application process.

Students accepted for admission with an M.A. from Adler University may be granted transfer credit for graduate level courses that overlap with the Psy.D. curriculum. Students accepted that have previously taken graduate level coursework at another accredited institution will also be considered for transfer credit. For these students, a maximum of (24) semester credits may be transferred into the Psy.D. program. For Transfer credit consideration, eligible courses must have been completed in the last 5 years. Adler University does not grant credit for any curriculum requirements based on prior learning assessment.