Accelerated Psya.D.

Low-Residency, Accelerated Track
Doctor of Psychoanalysis (Psya.D.) Degree 

The low-residency, accelerated track towards the Doctor of Psychoanalysis (Psya.D.) degree provides the opportunity for already certified psychoanalysts to earn a doctoral degree in psychoanalysis through distance learning, combining video conferencing and weekend intensives in Boston.

Emphasizing advanced  comparative clinical seminars and research methodology, the program is designed to bring together a theoretically diverse group of psychoanalysts to generate more discussion and research in the field. Doctoral candidates study comparative approaches to clinical intervention and contemporary issues in psychoanalysis while contributing original doctoral research to the field.

Students attend two weekend intensive sessions per semester in Boston, for two years.  The remaining classes are held via video conferencing over the internet.

To be eligible for admission, candidates must have earned a post-master's certificate in psychoanalysis. It is expected that applicants already have earned the equivalent of at least 36 credits of post-master's psychoanalytic coursework, including psychopathology, psychoanalytic theory, developmental theory, dreams and symbolic processes, intervention, transference, countertransference, and resistance, as well as case seminars. Suitable applicants also have significant psychoanalytic experience, have received extensive psychoanalytic clinical supervision, and have undergone a training analysis. Applicants submit a qualifying paper that provides evidence of the critical thinking, writing skills, and psychoanalytic understanding required to conduct doctoral research in psychoanalysis.

Degree requirements

The accelerated Psya.D. program can be completed over a two year period, with 2-3 courses per semester, in addition to the completion of the dissertation. The program requires 37 credits, including 10 credits of research methods course work, 6 credits of case seminar, 11 credits of additional coursework in psychoanalysis, and 10 credits of directed research supervision as the student works on the dissertation.

To graduate, students complete:

  • 37 credits of required and elective course work.
  • The completion of the dissertation and oral defense to the faculty

Additional Information

Catalog for the Accelerated Clinical Doctoral Program


Students attend two weekend intensive sessions per semester in Boston, for two years.  The remaining classes are held via video conferencing over the internet.

PLEASE NOTE:  1) BGSP is a member of NC-SARA and is thereby approved to offer distance education programs in every state except California. 2) Students in the low-residency accelerated track towards the Psya.D. degree have already had psychoanalytic institute training and need to rely on that training if they plan to be licensed in psychoanalysis.  The accelerated track towards the Psya.D. degree is not intended to fulfill licensure requirements in New York State and BGSP will not recommend accelerated graduates for professional licensure in New York State.  For more information on licensure in psychoanalysis in New York State, please visit the Office of the Professions at http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/

Accelerated Psya.D. PROGRAMS

Clinical Practice & Scholarship

• Certificate in Psychoanalysis

• Doctor of Psychoanalysis

 Online Psya.D. for Certified Analysts

Studies in Social and Cultural Dynamics

• Psya.D. in Psychoanalysis, Society and Culture

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