Dissertation not required for many Psy.D. programs

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  1. Rob Coates

    Rob Coates New Member

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    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."
     
  2. Jack Tracey

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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.
    Jack
    (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.)
     

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