Dissertation not required for many Psy.D. programs
I've been doing some research regarding requirements for the Psy.D. at various programs around the country. I've discovered that many programs do not require any dissertation. A couple of examples are George Washington University and Rosemead School of Psychology which are both APA approved programs. Even the Psy.D. programs that say they require a "dissertation," have a very loose definition of what constitutes a dissertation. Research projects, literature reviews, and an in depth case study all constitute a "dissertation" in many programs. Since the Psy.D. is supposed to be a practitioner degree and not a scientist/practitioner degree like the Ph.D. in psychology , these schools IMO should drop the pretense of calling these types of requirements "dissertations."
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| Psychology Degrees |
Psychologists study mental processes and human behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how people and animals relate to one another and the environment. To do this, psychologists often look for patterns that will help them understand and predict behavior using scientific methods, principles, or procedures to test their ideas. Through such research studies, psychologists have learned much that can help increase understanding between individuals, groups, organizations, institutions, nations, and cultures. •Job opportunities
are naturally best for individuals with higher degrees. Individuals with a doctoral degree are highly sought after, especially ones who holds degrees in a particularly in-demand subfield, such as health; those with a master’s degree will have good prospects in the corporate environment; bachelor’s degree holders will have limited prospects due to steep competition. •Employment growth
will vary by specialty; for example, clinical, counseling, and school psychologists will have 11% growth; industrial-organizational psychologists will have 26% growth; and 14% growth is expected for all other fields of psychology.
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Clearly this is to be determined on a case-by-case basis and not "across the board" for every single PsyD program in the country. I believe that many programs still require "dissertations" in the true sense of the word. However, I am a believer in the idea that a word means what it means and that if a program requires a "project" of some sort and the definition of that project does not substantially conform to the definition of a "dissertation," then it should not be called a dissertation.
(who is currently mired in his dissertation and so is forever finding new respect for those who have found their way out of that swamp.)