Loyola University Maryland


Combined M.S./Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

The Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology is a full-time, five-year program of study. All entering students must complete and pass a background check prior to admission. Students entering the program with a Bachelor's degree begin the program at the first year of the curriculum, as 1st year students. The first year of the curriculum consists of a total of 42 credit hours, including coursework, professional supervision, and clinical placement.  First-year students will be awarded the M.S. Clinical, Practitioner track degree upon successful completion of the required credit hours (typically in January of the 2nd year). Students who enter the program at the first-year level will complete a total of 132 credits, including credit hours for dissertation, clinical placement, professional supervision, doctoral comprehensive exams, and course work.

Students accepted to the program who have already obtained a Master's degree in Psychology may be eligible to begin their course of study at the second year of the curriculum, as 2nd year students. The second through fourth years of the curriculum consist of a total of 93 credit hours. Students will take written and oral comprehensive exams following the third year of the curriculum, prior to applying for doctoral internship. The final, fifth year is a full-time doctoral internship for all students.

All requirements for the Psy.D. program, including the dissertation and doctoral internship, must be completed within seven years of enrollment in the program. This necessitates that students apply for doctoral internship no later than the fall of their sixth academic year.

Program Director:
Heather Z. Lyons, Ph.D.

For more information contact:
Traci Martino, M.S., Director of Program Operations 

*Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC  20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation



Meet Leanna, a doctoral student who loves Loyola’s small class sizes and the emphasis on clinical and practical application and networking opportunities in her program