Doctor of Psychology

Doctor of Psychology

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Doctor of Psychology




Program disclosures for Denver Campus
Program disclosures for Online

This program is not intended to lead to certification or licensure.^

See deeper. Achieve the pinnacle of academic achievement with your Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) from University of the Rockies.

Degree Objective

In this ultimate curriculum, you will discover how to further the emotional and mental health of your fellow human beings whether you’re in a clinical setting or a modern workplace. Begin by building a knowledge base in the history and systems of psychology. Then you will pursue more advanced courses with research, statistics, and measurement. Finally, demonstrate your expertise by writing your Applied Doctoral Project or Dissertation.  


Click on one of the links to the left to go deeper and specialize in one of psychology’s many specific applications.

Graduation Requirements

To fulfill the requirements for the Doctor of Psychology,** you must successfully:

  • Complete program coursework of 62 credits;
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00;
  • Complete three non-credit In-Residence Workshops*** (online students); and
  • Complete Applied Doctoral Project or Dissertation requirements.****

Note: The date of degree conferral recorded on the student's transcript and diploma will reflect the date the student completes all degree requirements. However, release of transcripts, diplomas, and verifications for degrees awarded are contingent upon submission of an electronic version of the Applied Doctoral Project or Dissertation for binding, the Petition to Graduate form, payment of the graduation fee, and payment of any outstanding balances with the University.

** There are unique degree requirements for the Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Specialization. Please visit the PsyD, Clinical Specialization page to read its specific requirements.

***For the PsyD programs, you are required to attend three In-Residence weekend workshops in Denver, CO. Please refer to these Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the In-Residence Workshop requirement.

**** As a requirement for graduation from University of the Rockies with a degree of Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), each student must complete and successfully defend an Applied Doctoral Project (ADP) or Dissertation. The ADP is intended to extend or apply research by examining an issue within a real-world setting for a practical situation, leading to many different forms of studies that are different than the traditional dissertation. An ADP may look a lot like a dissertation study, or it can be a meta-analysis, a program design, program evaluation, a theoretical work, an action research, or a case study. The purpose of the Dissertation is to ensure that the student has mastered the ability to pursue a systematic investigation, which examines significant issues or problems in applied psychology. The Dissertation requirement is also designed to contribute to the student's knowledge, skills, and research expertise in psychology. Students choose a topic that addresses carefully chosen research questions that the student then investigates with quantitative or qualitative research, with a meta-analysis, or with a program design or program evaluation. Prerequisites, timelines for completion, and attendance requirements for an Applied Doctoral Project and Dissertation, as well as a detailed explanation of each step in the process, are described in the Applied Doctoral Handbook and the Dissertation Handbook.

Online Schedule

Your course schedule is flexible. Take online courses one at a time. Online courses are offered in an accelerated six-week format and can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Applied Doctoral Project and Dissertation courses and the Doctoral Capstone Seminar are nine weeks in length.


Your faculty members all have earned doctorates and have recent experience practicing what they teach. At University of the Rockies, both the theory and its practical application are taught. Your instructors will enliven your discussions and enhance your feedback with real-world lessons from their workplace experience.

^Licensure Information


This program of study does not meet, nor is intended to meet, the requirements for professional licensure in the State of Colorado. The Doctor of Psychology program is not a licensure program.


The Doctor of Psychology program is not a licensure program. University of the Rockies cannot confirm whether its courses or programs meet requirements for professional licensure in your state. For information regarding professional licensure requirements in your state, you should contact the applicable licensing board or agency in your state and determine whether the program meets requirements for licensure in the state where you reside.

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