SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) I was wondering what others think about this: earning a Psy.D. degree at a Professional School of Psychology (part of a well-respected private university) without the requirement of a dissertation. I am a little uneasy because I am not sure how much that would hurt me later on? I mean, people may not find out but what does that tell me about the quality of the program, it's level of difficulty, and importance of research?? Any thoughts?