The successful completion of a Dissertation is required for graduation. This is intended as a scholarly work that permits students an opportunity to enhance their knowledge about a particular clinical area. A committee of faculty members, including a designated Dissertation Chair, will assist with this process. By the start of the second year, students will develop a dissertation topic and a committee will be assigned. Students will develop the proposal for their dissertation throughout the second and third years of the program. Students must present the proposal to their committee for approval by the end of the third year and prior to applying for internship, before the dissertation is implemented. Following the successful defense of the dissertation proposal, students will be enrolled in a series of courses over the remainder of the program to facilitate the completion of the project. The student then completes the project and submits a written document detailing the Dissertation. Each student must present an oral defense of the Dissertation upon its completion. Following a successful defense, the student must provide the program with copies of the final Dissertation for binding. The Dissertation takes a minimum of 12 months to complete. With the Program Director's approval, students needing additional time beyond the internship year to complete the Dissertation must register for PSYCD 1990-1999 Dissertation Post-Internship I - X, as needed, a 0.5 credit hour course. For more information regarding Dissertation policies and requirements refer to the current Clinical Psychology Program Dissertation Manual.