The purpose of the Qualifying Examination is to permit students to demonstrate their ability to integrate the core clinical and non-clinical course material from the first two years of study into comprehensive responses demonstrating organizational skills, analysis, synthesis, and differential thinking. It is one of multiple criteria for the student's advancement to doctoral candidacy. The examination is given annually and is scheduled after the first two years of study, with satisfactory completion of the academic requirements for degree of Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and the approval of the Academic Review Committee and the Program Director. It is evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis.
Students failing the Qualifying Examination will be offered one retake the next time the examination is offered. Students failing the Qualifying Examination will be given feedback and resources to help them prepare for retaking the examination. Satisfactory passage of all required competency gateways, including the Qualifying Examination, is required for satisfactory academic progress.