Psy.D. Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the program?

The PsyD program is designed to take four years. Students complete course work, comprehensive examination, thesis research, and practica in the first three years. The fourth year is a one-year pre-doctoral residency/internship.

If I don’t have an undergraduate degree in Psychology can I still apply?

In order to be considered for admission into the PsyD program an honours degree in Psychology (including an honours thesis) OR an equivalent degree (with equivalent courses in psychology and equivalent research experience) is required.

Is there a thesis?

Yes. Each student is required to complete a thesis during their course of study. For more information on this program component see the PsyD Dissertation Guide under Policies and Procedures.

Is part-time study allowed?

No, only full-time students will be admitted.

Are there program requirements during the summer?

Yes, there is required course work and other activities during all three semesters: Fall (September to December), Winter (January to April) and Spring (May to August).

Can I get advanced standing if I have a Masters degree?

In some cases, advanced standing may be given to students who have already completed a graduate school program. However, advanced standing can only be applied to some courses and does not apply to clinical or thesis work. Decisions pertaining to advanced standing will be made by the course instructor and the PsyD Director of Clinical Training (DCT).

How many students will be admitted each year?

We typically receive over 100 application per year. From these, a maximum of 6 students are admitted into the program each year.

Is the program accredited?

Our PsyD program has been accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) since 2017. As per accreditation requirements, we adhere to all standards, guidelines and policies of the CPA. Our current term is 2022-2023 until 2027-2028.

Can I take PsyD courses if I am not in the PsyD program?

No. Only students admitted to the PsyD program are eligible to enroll in courses specific to that degree program.

What is the difference between a PsyD and a PhD?

A Psy.D. is considered a clinical doctorate, which means that the primary focus of the program is on clinical skill development and the application of research findings to clinical practice. The Psy.D. is designed to take four years to complete. Ph.D. programs typically have a more substantial focus on research training, as well as clinical skills. Ph.D. programs typically take between five-to-six years to complete due to the increased research emphasis.

Will having a Psy.D. – as opposed to a PhD – impact my ability to gain employment as a clinical psychologist?

PhD programs are typically more research-intensive than the PsyD program. As such, PsyD graduates do not typically apply to academic positions following graduation. All of our PsyD graduates have secured employment as registered psychologists following graduation, and work in a wide variety of settings such as hospitals, universities, private practices, and schools.

Does the PsyD program offer funding to graduate students?

Yes. Students normally receive funding through the MUN School of Graduate Studies in the form of a fellowship as well as teaching or research assistantships. This funding is offered for the first three years of study. The fourth year is a one-year pre-doctoral residency/internship. Applicants are also encouraged to apply for Tri-Council Funding (e.g., SSHRC, CIHR). For more information on funding, see