I know that this subject appears to be in danger of becoming redundant, but I still have some questions that remain unanswered and thought it couldn't hurt to ask. I have been doing some informational researching for quite a while and I keep hitting a brick wall. Here are my questions: 1) If one can practice independently as a clinician with an MSW or MA in counseling, what are the reasons behind going as far as a PsyD? And what is the difference between the MSW and MA as far as job opportunities/limitations? 2) I know that there are no reputable PsyD programs that offer online degrees, but I was curious if anyone knew of any schools that offered part-time/long-distance PsyD programs. I have seen this very question/concept on other threads start some very heated debate regarding why someone would want to receive a high degree through such means and for the majority, I would understand. However, there are some circumstances that really require the usage of long-distance learning. For example, I have established myself in the community on an island which makes continued learning on a full-time basis quite difficult, unless I wanted to completely uproot myself for many years. I do hope to practice here on this island... it is in ever increasing need of mental health assistance. 3) Is it considered general procedure to receive your masters prior to earning your doctorate or is it possible to go straight on to your doctorate? Thank you in advance. Any help is greatly appreciated. I have been so overwhelmed!