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Master of Arts (M.A.) in Clinical Psychology

The master's degree in clinical psychology from Stritch is professional counselor license eligible and is a preapproved program by the state of Wisconsin. Expect to be challenged with training in counseling, the empirical basis of clinical practice and scientist-practitioner methodology. We emphasize pluralism with demonstrated respect for the cultural differences and diversity clinicians see in practice. 

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology is designed for you if you are interested in master’s-level clinical practice and is appropriate for you if you plan to obtain a Ph.D. or Psy.D. The program is founded on a scientist-practitioner model, and trains you to understand research and theory in an ethical and critical manner. All courses integrate science and practice, with an emphasis on ethics and the roles culture, race and gender play in assessment and therapy. This program manages to infuse scientific rigor into a master's-level training program. While the state of Wisconsin offers dozens of master’s-level counseling programs that prepare you to practice as LPCs, our degree program is the only terminal master’s program in clinical psychology that is license-eligible in the state. You will graduate with 700-1000 hours of internship fieldwork, leaving the program as an experienced, mature practitioner acclimated to real-world practice.

Additional Information & Scheduling

There is usually a big difference in credits between license and non-license eligible programs.
  • Our clinical psychology master's program is 60-credits, but our non-license eligible general psychology master's program is 30-credits.
The typical schedule in our program is to take classes one afternoon/evening per week. The first class starts at 2pm and the second at 5:30pm the same day. You can graduate from the clinical psychology program in 2 years + 2 semesters or the general psychology program in 1 year + 1 semester with that schedule. Some students will take one more class each semester to shorter that time to 2 years or 1 year, respectively.

Additional areas of interest

Interested in pursuing a Ph.D.? The Master of Psychology (General) would also be a good fit for those not seeking licensure.

MA in Psychology (General)

The Value of a Master’s Degree

Advanced degree holders earn about 70% more over the course of their careers than professionals with only a bachelor's degree. 

Learn more about how valuable a degree can be for your career path and the average salaries that come with holding an advanced degree. 

Master's degrees are advanced graduate degrees that can increase your earning potential and professional advancement for students and working professionals. 

Advanced degree holders earn about 70% more over the course of their careers than professionals with only a bachelor's degree. 

The combination of further education and experience is the single best way to ensure that your career continues to flourish.

Professionals with advanced degrees consistently demonstrate a higher job satisfaction than those with only a bachelor's degree. 

According to a salary survey in 2019, clinical psychologists reported annual earnings between $50,000 to $111, 000. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 15% rate of job growth from 2018-2028.

Salaries can vary based on location, specialization, and level of experience. 

Median Salary (2019): $78,021

Regina Pagel, '23

Behavior Specialist at Rogers Behavioral Health

This program is phenomenal in training students to be both critical consumers of science and compassionate clinicians. The professors in the program are very knowledgeable and willing to help. I appreciate that they have a variety of backgrounds in clinical settings, including geriatrics, forensics, child/adolescent, and more.

Clinical Psychology

3 Jobs with a Degree in Clinical Psychology

Our clinical psychology master's program is LPC (licensed professional counselor) eligible.

This could lead to jobs such as the following...

  • Psychotherapist
  • Clinical mental health counselor
  • Psychometrist (a person who administers psychological tests in neuropsychology clinics)

For additional information contact admissions or program faculty.