Difference between a PhD in Psychology and a PsyD

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PhD in psychology and a PsyD course, both relates to a doctorate degree in psychology.  Though both degrees are same in level, they are quite different in various respects. One must be wondering about the difference in the two courses. Being o0f the same level and in the same area, both the courses have a lot of similarities, but6 at the same time they have a lot of differences.  Here are few of the differences between PhD in Psychology and a PsyD degree.

The main difference is in the degree that the graduate gets after the completion of the course. One graduating with the Psyd degree gets a doctorate of Psychology on graduating. However the scenario is different in case of the PhD in Psychology. One graduating in this degree gets a doctorate of philosophy in clinical Psychology. This might sound a lot confusing, but this is the real and the major difference between the courses.

In other words after the completing of the course of PsyD, one gets a doctorate degree in Psychology, while after completing the course of PhD in psychology, one gets a doctorate in Philosophy degree in Clinical psychology.

Another important difference between the courses is their area of approach. They PhD course basically deals with the approach in research more than clinical training. The same thing is reverse in case of PsyD degree. In case of PsyD degree the focus is more on the clinical training rather than researches. Thus, under the PsyD course, the number of psychological trainings that the students receive is much more than what the students get under the course of PhD in Psychology.

Apart from that, the students get prepared about the various clinical settings under the course of PsyD, in comparison to the PhD in psychology.

 
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10 Responses to “Difference between a PhD in Psychology and a PsyD”

  1. 10
    harsh verma:

    sir , i want became psychologist what could i have to do and tell me some govt. colleges in u.p. who gives the master degree of clinical psycologist.

  2. 9
    neha panchal:

    Phd entrance exam date of 2012 Psychology

  3. 8
    wakeel ahmad:

    sir i am clinical psychology for m.a program. sir i want psy.d program. pls sir guid me univerties in subject detail

  4. 7
    John Deerheart:

    Are you a practitioner or patient of psychology? Your incoherent ramblings make you a suitable candidate for either.

  5. 6
    Chandita:

    Hi,

    I have done my M.A.(Clinical Psychology) & now looking forward for Ph.D or PsyD. Kindly let me know the Indian Universities offering PsyD, if any or universities offering Psyd courses through distance education.

  6. 5
    Mahesh:

    Hi, I l did my graduation through distant education from Annamalai university and this is my last year, Can i apply for Mba in regular colleges ? If yes what will be the best college that you can refer for marketing.What are the exams i want to write…..

    Regards
    Mahi

  7. 4
    neha choudhary:

    i have done postgraduation in psychology with specialization in clinical psychology,organizational behavior and applied counselling with 50% marks.which course can i do or am i eligible for m.phill phd degree and psyd?

  8. 3
    neha choudhary:

    i have done postgraduation in psychology with specialization in clinical psychology,organizational behavior and applied counselling with 50% marks.which course can i do or am i eligible for m.phill and phd degree?

  9. 2
    caroline sasikala:

    Dear Sir,

    I am pursuing my M.Sc Psychology in Tamilnadu Open university. Pls inform whether I can do PsyD in the open university and if so, the Universities which are giving this degree. Tks for your assistance.

  10. 1
    gopesh:

    sir/madam
    I am MA in Psychology and my waif is B.Sc in Biology.
    I want admistion in PhD in Psychology or a PsyD and my waif
    want admistion in MA,M.Sc. , B.Ed.Special Education . We are working in REHHABILITATION and Disebile Field. Please Gaiud me.