You have to understand the nature and difference of graduate education Vs an undergraduate degree. Graduate level courses are not designed to transfer. As dark_dan said, a stand alone MA/MS is designed to get someone licesned as a practitioner. A PsyD is geared more towards practice Vs philosophy, but there is much more depth and exploration than in a masters program. Most programs will accept some master's level courses but no program exists which takes an entire MA/MS and gives full credit towards the PsyD or PhD. There is too much variability between institutions and programs for them to trust what the student's actual competencies are. Accreditation is extremely important in some ways and not in others. I know people with PhDs and PsyDs who are not licensed as a psychologist because their programs were not accredited. They did meet the licensure requirements for a Masters Level practitioner so that is the license they hold. They still get paid based on their license, not on their education. Make sure you understand the difference there too.
Does transfer and matriculation get political, sure. Is it expensive to earn a degree, yes. Do you want to waste your money, no. Can an online degree provide you with an equivalent education as a butt in seat program, debatable.
If you are going to be a pactitioner, just go for a masters and be done with it. There is little return on investment beyond the MA level to justify completing a PhD or PsyD. You want to get the most value for your money if you decide to continue on and not every program can be made online and meet rigor and professional skills. Most online programs require some attendance to workshops or internships, etc. You will have to do some traveling and spend some money.
Dreams + work/sacrifice/commitment = reality
Dreams + wanting it to be convenient/cheap/comprehensive = a dream
I just completed my Maters in Professional Counseling and seeking a Psy.D online program as well. I began my search under the APA Accreditation Colleges that help with my research. This web site is very detailed and allows you to view the schools and their accreditation status such as probation and so on.
Originally Posted by thepsyguy
Its touch, when I used Google search various universities were displayed offering a Psy.D program, many of these school do not understand the difference between Psy.D and PHD. I recently completed registration for Liberty University, thinking that I would compliment my Master in Professional Counseling with a degree in Marriage and Family counseling, until I could find Psy.D, program, (allowing another level of specialization to my Master. After sending the school my official transcripts, I was told that they needed my Bachelor transcripts which they would use for admission. This of course made no sense, why would you develop a course of study without looking at both transcripts. Mind you during my search Liberty University continued to show up offering a course of study for Psy.D. Anyway, I will continue my search. Listed below is the web site.
Choosing a Program
Regent U. has Psy.D.
If you are considering Liberty but discovered that it does not have a Psy.D. then check a similar school but with a Psy.D. program like Regent U.:
School of Psychology & Counseling, Regent University - Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)
Originally Posted by steplittle