Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology is designed for students with career interests in master's-level clinical practice or those who plan to obtain a Ph.D. or Psy.D. The foundation of the Clinical Psychology program is the scientist-practitioner model and students are provided with clinical training rooted in ethical practice based on an understanding of research and theory. Using this knowledge base, students acquire the attitude and ability to think critically in evaluating information and making informed clinical judgments.  Classroom and applied work encourage sensitivity to and appreciation for diversity, respect for the dignity and worth of others, and an appreciation and understanding of differences such as those associated with age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, and disability.  The program experiences culminate in a two-semester applied practicum and empirically-based thesis.

The M.A. in Clinical Psychology is a 48-credit program offered in a semester-based format, allowing students to progress at their own pace.  In order to meet the needs of working adults, classes are held in the evenings and generally meet one to two nights per week, which enables students to pursue a master's degree while continuing their careers.  Class sizes consist of approximately 15-20 students, a setting designed to promote shared learning and teamwork while maintaining a small teacher-student ratio.  Students progress through a sequence of coursework, consisting of both foundational and advanced courses which prepare students for the required capstone experiences: Thesis and Practicum.  The capstone experiences of the Clinical Psychology program are a 2 semester 600 hour practicum at an approved agency, which will include time spent in a non-campus practicum seminar, and completion of an empirically-based research project culminating in a thesis.

Degree Requirements

Program Credits48
Required Courses

PSY 533 Advanced Statistics and Research Methods 3 cr.
PSY 536 Ethics, Professional Standards and Legal Issues 3 cr.
PSY 538 Advanced Personality Theory 3 cr.
PSY 541 Psychopathology 3 cr.
PSY 543 Systems of Psychology 3 cr.
PSY 545 Assessment I 3 cr.
PSY 547 Theories and Techniques of Individual Psychotherapy and Counseling 3 cr.
PSY 549 Assessment II 3 cr.
PSY 551 Multicultural Issues in Clinical Psychology 3 cr.
PSY 552 Practicum Seminar I 1.5 cr.
PSY 553 Practicum I 4 cr.
PSY 555 Theories and Techniques of Group Psychotherapy and Counseling 3 cr.
PSY 556 Practicum Seminar II 1.5 cr.
PSY 557  Biological Bases of Behavior 3 cr.
PSY 558 Practicum Seminar III  1.5 cr.
PSY 559 Practicum II 4 cr.
PSY 560 Practicum Seminar IV  1.5 cr.
PSY 570 Career Development Theory and Practice 3 cr.
PSY 598 Thesis I: Seminar  0 cr.
PSY 599 Thesis II: Independent Work 4 cr.

Required Auxiliary Courses


Additional Information

To qualify for graduation from this program, student must:
• Complete master's coursework with a mininum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 with no individual course grades below a "C" and no more than one course grade below a "B-".
• Satisfactory completion of an oral defense of an evidence-based master's thesis.
• Satisfactory completion of clinical field practica totaling 600 hours including a time spent in practicum seminar.
• Obtain recommendation for graduation from the program chair.
• Satisfactory completion of all program requirements within seven consecutive academic years.