Graduation Requirements

For more comprehensive information regarding policies and procedures, please see the Student Handbook and Student Rights and Responsibilities & Code of Conduct, available here.

Students are recommended and approved for the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Degree by the California Northstate University College of Psychology. Approval is awarded provided that the student has met with the following requirements:

  • Conduct themselves in an ethical, moral, professional, and lawful manner as outlined in the
    Student Rights and Responsibilities and Code of Conduct document
  • Complete all required didactic coursework with a score of 80% or better (Grade of B or higher)
  • Meet all Minimum Level of Achievement requirements
  • Complete all required credits through the College of Psychology curriculum
  • Pass the Integrative Case Presentation and Oral Examination
  • Gain written approval from Academic Advisor
  • Be free of any probationary status
  • Complete a dissertation and have it accepted by the College
  • Complete of all practicum requirements
  • Complete of all internship requirements
  • Fulfill all tuition and financial requirements of California Northstate University
  • Complete all necessary graduation paperwork for California Northstate University and the College
    of Psychology

* Students who receive a grade of C in a course will be required to pass a remediation assignment that demonstrates mastery of key concepts

All degree requirements must be completed within 7 years or 84 calendar months from the time
the student was initially registered and attended their first course in the Psy.D. program.

Graduation with Honors

Degree Honors
Students who meet the cumulative GPA (CGPA) listed below will receive degree honors. The honor is noted on the degree.
With Highest Distinction – Cumulative GPA of 3.80 or higher
With Distinction – Cumulative GPA of 3.65- 3.79