Program Structure and Your Tasks

The Clinical Program enrolls 6-10 students each year with 40-50 students in residence annually. Of the seven programs in the Department, the Clinical Program trains the largest number of doctoral students, comprising 30-35% of the department’s graduate students. The Program requires a minimum of 3 years full-time graduate study and a year-long internship (or an equivalent two-year, halftime sequence) prior to awarding the doctoral degree. At least two of the three years of full-time graduate study must occur at the University of Connecticut. Students must attain a grade of B- or above in all required courses and must attain appropriate competency ratings in all clinical placements. Students must complete a research M.S. thesis or its equivalent, a research doctoral dissertation or a three-paper thesis and a written general examination. Students who enter the Program with a master’s that did not require a research thesis will be expected to meet an equivalent research requirement.

The faculty utilize student feedback and continually review course offerings and evaluative operations and make modifications in order to keep our training abreast of changes within the field. This section provides an overview of required courses and summarizes aspects of program processes that are not contained in the above-mentioned brochure.

Getting Organized and Staying Informed

Prior to beginning your classes, you will receive a detailed orientation to the Program and to the Department. You will learn how to register for your courses, who to see for keys and emotional support, where you can find (arguably) the best pizza, how to teach the basic psychology labs, and a mind-numbing amount of other information, including this manual. Here, we include a few reminders about how to get started in an organized way.

  1. Please return your student information sheet to us as soon as you can. It is particularly important that we have your phone number and email, as we distribute a list of contact information to all community members.
  2. Locate your mailbox in the Graduate Student Lounge (BOUS 187). You will find that notices, memos, and other communications will appear there. Check your email and mail frequently, as these are our most efficient ways to communicate with you.
  3. Complete the New Student Tech Training ( through University Information Technology Services (UITS) to set up and access university email and the Student Admin System and to find out about technology resources available to University students. For assistance with account set-up or access contact the UITS Help Center ( UConn uses your university email account to send all official notices and faculty communicate regularly with their students via e-mail, therefore it is extremely important that you set up and access your university account. If you do not wish to use your university email as your primary email account you can set up a forward to another email account.
  4. Complete the full-day Psychological Sciences Department Orientation and Graduate Student Meeting prior to the start of classes and the Institute for Teaching and Learning Graduate Assistant Orientation (see for date and registration information).
  5. Ask questions until you get answers that satisfy and make sense to you. We believe that the only “stupid” questions are the ones that remain unasked.