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Time to Program Completion

The PhD program can be completed in 5.2 years (enter in September of Year 1, graduate in October of Year 5) if students begin a program of research early in the program and complete the doctoral certification requirements (research methods examination, theoretical and empirical paper) by the 4th year of the program. Typically, most of the coursework (including practica, fieldwork, and externship) is completed by the end of the third year if the student completes only the one required externship. However, all students opt to do two externships to make themselves more competitive in the APPIC match (one in a clinical setting, one in a public school), extending externship into the 4th year. The 4th and 5th years are devoted to dissertation and internship.  Some students have chosen to do a third externship if they are specializing in intellectual disabilities/autism or child neuropsychology. Though they may take an extra year (6.2 years to completion), the third externship increases competitiveness in the internship match and postdoctoral competition.

Please see the table below for more detailed information about PhD students' time to completion from 2007-2013: