Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

Credit hours: 48
Length of program: two years

Our master's in clinical psychology is designed 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 complete a supervised clinical/research internship of at least 240 hours. The program provides limited clinical training and does not lead to licensure at the Master’s level. 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.

We accept 8-10 students each year, resulting in small class sizes and many opportunities for students to collaborate with faculty on research projects.

Graduate Assistantships

The majority of our students are funded by an assistantship, which covers most of their tuition and fees and provides a stipend.


Our graduate faculty welcome the opportunity to conduct research with students and we recommend that all students get involved in research projects. Often our graduate assistants are assigned to work on faculty research projects, but any student can work with the professors. For more information, see the faculty research interests page.

Master's Level Licensure

Our mission is to prepare students for doctoral study. If you are interested in obtaining licensure to work as a master's level therapist, the Master of Arts in Counseling (Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track) would be a better fit for you.

Required Courses

PSYS 632 Abnormal Psychology
PSYS 640 Introduction to Psychological Assessment
PSYS 644 Advanced Psychological Assessment
PSYS 652 Introduction to Psychotherapy
PSYS 653 Advanced Topics in Psychotherapy
PSYS 668 Physiological Psychology
PSYS 680 Research Methods in Psychology
PSYS 685 Clinical Internship
PSYS 696 Diversity Issues in Clinical Psychology
EDPS 642 Analysis of Variance


A variety of electives are available in areas such as cognition, personality, advanced statistics, development.

Contact: Dr. Linh Nguyen Littleford, Director of Graduate Studies for the Clinical Psychology Program