Aug 13, 2020  
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin 
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology (Clinical), Ph.D.

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Doctoral Degree Programs

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

The school offers the Doctor of Philosophy in psychology in four emphasis areas: clinical, counseling, brain and behavior, and school psychology. These doctoral emphasis areas are designed to ensure that students receive strong preparation in the research and theoretical literature of psychology as an experimental behavioral science.

Students are admitted to one of these doctoral programs and earn a master's degree (M.A.) in psychology en route tot eh doctorate. Applicants are judged on the basis of prior academic record, GRE scores, three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess the applicant's readiness for graduate study, and personal statement. Applicants are expected to have completed appropriate undergraduate foundation courses in psychology (e.g., statistics, experiemental, and history and systems). A student may be invited to come to campus for a personal interview as part of the application process. The school typically receives aaplications from a larger number of qualified applicants than it can enroll. Prospective students should specilfy their intended emphasis area at time of application. Description of each of these areas are available online at New students are admitted only for the fall semester. Applications received by December 1 (clinical, counseling, school) or January 3 (Brain and Behavior) will receive a full review. 

The School of Psychology values diversity, and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Additionally, whereas participation in on-campus admissions seminars and interviews is highly recommended for applicants who enter the final selection pool, alternative arrangements may be requested through the director of training for those individuals who are unable to travel to Hattiesburg.


Students must meet the residency requirements specified in this Bulletin.

Research and Scholarly Integrity Education

All faculty holding Regular or Associate graduate faculty status, must complete CITI training modules required by the Graduate School and their schools. All graduate students must complete the CITI training modules required by the Graduate School and their schools the first semester they are enrolled in graduate school. The RSIE policy and training information are found on the Graduate School web page – Contact the Dean of the Graduate School if you have any questions regarding the policy of training information.

Comprehensive Exam

Doctoral qualifying exams may be required. A comprehensive exam is required for all doctoral students and must be passed before proceeding to the dissertation. A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation.

Continuous Enrollment Requirement: Students must meet the requirements specified in the front section of this Bulletin for continuous enrollment.

Common Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Research Tool(s)

Research tools are completed as part of the master's in psychology (MA) earned en route to the doctorate.

PSY 661  - Research Evaluation in the Behavioral Sciences 3 hrs.

PSY 662   - Quantitative Methods I 3 hrs. or REF 762  - Quantitative Analysis II 3 hrs.

PSY 663   - Quantitative Methods II 3 hrs. or REF 830  - Multivariate Analysis 3 hrs.

PSY 698   - Thesis 3 hrs.

School Courses:

Psychological Foundations:

Completion of 3 of the following 4 content areas is required for the MA in Psychology earned en route to the doctorate:
(Completion of the remaining 4th content area is required for the doctoral degree.)

Individual Differences and Life Span Development area:

Other School Requirements


Thirty-eight credits are required to complete the MA, earned enroute tot he doctorate. The MA degree requirements include the Research Tools (12 hours), 3 of the 4 Psychology foundation courses (9 credits) and an additional 17 credits of electives. All choices between core courses as well as selection of elective courses must be approved by the student's major advisor and the emphasis area director of training.

Requirements for an Emphasis in Clinical Psychology

In addition to the requirements listed under common requirements for the doctor of philosophy degree, the student must take the following:

Additional Research Design and Analysis (3 hours)

Practica, Externships, and Internship (26 hours):


We offer generalist training in clinical psychology with elective concentrations. Regardless of concentration, students in the clinical concentration are required to take PSY 624 , PSY 679 , PSY 716 , and PSY 750 . Upon admission to the program, students choose a concentration in either Adult Clinical or Child Clinical. Adult Clinical: Students electing the Adult Clinical concentration will be assigned an Adult Clinical research mentor, have a minimum 4 semesters of Adult Clinical practicum training, and complete Adult Clinical coursework earlier in sequence. They are also required to complete PSY 740 . Child Clinical: Students electing the Child Clinical concentration will be assigned a Child Clinical research mentor, have a minimum 4 semesters of Child Clinical practicum training, complete Child Clinical coursework earlier in sequence, complete PSY 640 .

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