About the Psychology Ph.D. Program
The Ph.D. programs typically require five to six years of full-time study. Extensive details regarding a typical curriculum are available in all the program handbooks, which are online at www.psychology.ttu.edu. Students may elect to earn an optional master’s degree during their pursuit of the doctoral degree.
The American Psychological Association accredits the clinical and counseling psychology doctoral programs. The accrediting association can be contacted at American Psychological Association, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street N. E., Washington, DC 20002-4242, 202.336.5979, 202.336.6123 (TDD/TYY) 202.336.5978 (fax). The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) accredits the Human Factors specialization within the experimental psychology doctoral program (Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, P.O. Box 1369, Santa Monica, CA 90406-1369 USA).
All three doctoral programs in psychology require courses specific to their own specialty, along with more general psychology courses that are department-wide requirements for graduate students, such as research methods, statistics, and some of the psychological bases of behavior (e.g., biological, cognitive, developmental, social, and historical bases of behavior). Courses in ethical and professional issues, multicultural issues and underserved populations, and supervision and consulting for the provision of psychological services are also required in clinical and counseling psychology.
All doctoral students are required to complete a second-year research project or its equivalent (e.g., an empirical master’s thesis), doctoral qualifying exams specific to each doctoral program in the department, and a dissertation. Students in the clinical and counseling psychology programs also complete numerous practicum courses and an approved one-year predoctoral internship. Interdisciplinary study with other relevant and cooperating departments/colleges on campus is also available. For example, some psychology doctoral students take elective human sciences courses such as child and adolescent development.
Application instructions and forms for psychology graduate programs are available at the Graduate School online application website. Deadlines for receipt of the complete application for clinical, counseling, and experimental programs is December 1. Note that applicants must apply through the Graduate School of Texas Tech University; applicants cannot apply directly through the Department of Psychological Sciences.
Many graduate courses in psychology—and all graduate courses in psychology with a practicum component—are limited to full-time graduate students who are officially admitted and enrolled in one of the psychology degree graduate programs. In most cases, full-time graduate students from other degree programs must get written permission from the instructor before enrolling in a psychology graduate course.
About the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program
The Ph.D. in counseling psychology program typically requires five to six years of full-time study, including an approved one-year internship at an appropriate training agency (e.g., approved university counseling center, community mental health center, hospital, outpatient clinic, correctional facility, healthcare system, psychological-services consortium). Extensive details regarding a typical curriculum are available in the program handbook, which is online at www.depts.ttu.edu/psy/counseling/. Though the program does not offer a terminal master’s degree, students may elect to earn an optional master’s degree in psychology during their pursuit of the doctoral degree. The master’s degree requires completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours in required coursework completed at TTU. These hours will also count toward the doctoral degree. Doctoral students in counseling psychology typically earn between 90-120 credit hours of required coursework in their graduate program before successfully completing their doctoral degree. They must also meet other program requirements. The counseling program ascribes to a scientist-practitioner training model that emphasizes training in both research and clinical skills, with a commitment to fostering an appreciation of multicultural diversity. The counseling program uses a mentoring model in which an attempt is made to match incoming students with a particular faculty member with whom they will work closely during their time in the program.