May 23, 2018  
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctoral Program in Counseling and School Psychology (Psy.D.)

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The Rivier University Combined Doctoral program in Counseling and School Psychology follows the practitioner-scholar model. Students are prepared as critical thinkers and problem solvers who work in applied settings and draw upon the theory and knowledge of psychology and education to deliver a continuum of empirically supported services. Students are prepared in a cohort model to be consumers of research to inform practice as highly skilled professionals delivering assessment, intervention, consultation, and preventive services to their clients and constituents.

The Doctoral Program in Counseling and School Psychology builds upon existing M.A. and C.A.G.S. programs in both school and mental health counseling that are approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education. The doctoral program curriculum meets the State of New Hampshire licensure requirements as a psychologist and is consistent with the Accreditation Guidelines and Principles of the America Psychological Association (APA). 

Learning Outcomes:

  • To graduate professional psychologists competent as reflective practitioner-scholars;
  • To graduate professional psychologists who are knowledgeable about and clinically competent in the areas of assessment, diagnosis, treatment and supervision and consultation;
  • To graduate professional psychologists competent in the conduct, comprehension, and application of research to professional practice;
  • To graduate students with a strong commitment to the ethical practice of psychology and their professional identity as psychologists.

Doctoral Degree Requirements (120 credits)

The Combined Doctoral Program in Counseling and School psychology builds upon existing M.A. and CAGS programs in both school psychology and mental health counseling. These programs serve as foundational courses for the Psy.D. core curriculum and emphasis courses. Students may enter the program by completing 60 graduate credits in either Mental Health Counseling or 60 credits in School Psychology.Students who would like to obtain the M.A. in Mental Health Counseling or the CAGS in School Psychology may require additional coursework. Following the completion of the foundation courses or their equivalent, student move into the core courses of the Psy.D. program as listed below. Students admitted with Advanced Standing enter the Psy.D. core courses immediately.


  • Master’s Degree in Counseling;
  • CAGS in Counseling or School Psychology;
  • Foundational Courses equal to 60 credits.

Elective Courses (15 credits)

Dissertation Research (5 credits)

Program Requirements

Students must successfully:

  • Complete all 60 credits of foundation courses or their equivalent;
  • Complete 45 credits of core doctoral courses and 15 credits of specialization courses, including a 50 week, 2000 hour clinical internship;
  • Complete oral and written comprehensive examinations;
  • Complete the Praxis II examination for School Psychology (Required for School Psychology students only);
  • Mentor with an advisor and dissertation committee to conduct research related to their area of interest and defend and complete a dissertation within seven years of beginning the program.

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