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Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

Our master's in clinical psychology is a two-year program designed to provide training consistent with a scientist-practitioner model of clinical psychology. Its mission is to prepare students to be competitive candidates for psychology doctoral programs and to enhance students’ research skills by offering them a wide range of research experience from assisting faculty researchers to completing their own independent research projects. The program consists of a rigorous combination of classroom and research experiences. In addition to their course requirements, students must complete a supervised clinical/research internship of at least 240 hours and they are strongly encouraged to complete a thesis or independent research project. Students have the option of enhancing their content knowledge in autism, cultural diversity, applied behavior analysis, or neuropsychological assessment by completing a program certificate in one of these areas.

Master of Arts in Cognitive and Social Processes

Our master's in cognitive and social processes is a two-year program designed to provide extensive training in cognitive psychology, social psychology, research methods, and statistics. Its primary purpose is to prepare students for doctoral programs in Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, or a related area (e.g., I/O, quantitative, personality, psychology and law). However, the program will also prepare students to work in research settings, business, or industry. Students have the option of enhancing their content knowledge in institutional assessment or cultural diversity by completing program certificate in one of these areas.


Our primary mission for both programs is to prepare students for doctoral study by offering quality instruction in the science of psychology and opportunities to conduct psychological research. Our faculty members have a variety of research interests and routinely collaborate with students. Since 2006, 73% of our clinical graduates and 92% of our cognitive/social graduates who applied to doctoral programs were admitted. In 2015, 80% of our clinical graduates and 80% of our cognitive/social graduates received offers to doctoral programs. Our students also find positions in institutional research, as professional research associates in neuroscience laboratories, and as admissions officers.

Program Options

Students can choose to earn a double major in Clinical Psychology and Sport and Exercise Psychology (SEP) or in Cognitive and Social Processes and SEP (if also accepted to the master's program in SEP). In addition, we offer a concentration in neuropsychology for students in either the Clinical Psychology or Cognitive and Social Processes program. If you're interested in this option, tell us in your personal statement when you submit your application for admission.

Most of our students have graduate assistantships. More than 50% have assistantships through the Department of Psychological Science, and others have assistantships in various campus offices outside the department. Historically, more than 90% of our students who wanted an assistantship have been able to obtain one.

We do not require a psychology undergraduate degree but prefer that you have taken courses in undergraduate statistics and research methods. If you haven't, you'll need to take extra courses prior to the required courses. We encourage students applying to our program to identify specific faculty whose research interests overlap with their own, as faculty mentor match is a critical emphasis of our program. See the descriptions of each program for details.

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Read our FAQ (PDF) if you have a general question or visit the Graduate School's Website for information about housing, the community, and more.

For more information about the Clinical Psychology program, contact Linh Littleford, director of graduate studies for the clinical psychology program. 

For more information about the Cognitive and Social Processes Program, contact Stephanie Simon-Dack, director of graduate studies for the cognitive and social processes program.


Our graduate students say the strengths of our programs are:

  • Professional Development Colloquium (includes doctoral application preparation, thesis support, and faculty and students speaking about their research)
  • Challenging and relevant courses
  • Good camaraderie and collaboration among students
  • Knowledgeable faculty
  • Small class sizes
  • Great opportunities for research collaboration with faculty
  • Availability of graduate assistantships
  • Extensive library resources
  • Flexibility allows students to customize their learning experience with electives and research projects in areas such as neuropsychology, industrial/organizational psychology, psychology and law, institutional research, management, communication, sociology and more