Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

Credit hours: 48
Length of program: two years
Model: scientist practitioner

Our master's degree 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. The program is designed 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. 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.

Our primary mission is to prepare students for doctoral study. Because we accept between 10 and 14  students each year, our class sizes are relatively small, and students easily can collaborate with faculty on research projects.

Graduate Assistantships

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

Internship

Internship training begins in your second year. Our internship coordinator will assist you in choosing and applying to a clinical and/or research internship site. Options include the university counseling center, community mental health centers, and Psychological Assessment and Consulting.

Research

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, Intermediate Statistics

Electives

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