Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Clinical Psychology program strives to develop competent healthcare providers who are critical thinkers, intelligent consumers of research, and skilled providers of psychological services in a variety of healthcare settings. Most graduates become employed as therapists, counselors, psychometrists, or in other mental health-related positions.

The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology is designed for students with career interests in master’s-level clinical practice and is also appropriate for those who plan to obtain a Ph.D. or Psy.D. The program is founded on a scientist-practitioner model, and trains students 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 students to practice as LPCs, our degree program is the only terminal master’s program in clinical psychology that is license eligible in state. Students graduate with 700-1000 hours of internship fieldwork, leaving the program as experienced, mature practitioners acclimated to real-world practice. 


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Program Details

●  Credits: 60
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Additional Information

The program is 60 credits in length. Classes and requirements are designed to accommodate the schedules of working adults, by primarily taking place in the evening to allow completion in two to three years. Internship sites represent a wide range of clinical opportunities, including work with adults and children, psychological assessment and individual and group therapy. Our program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services to fulfill the educational requirement for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC). Cardinal Stritch University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The curriculum follows Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) guidelines for clinical mental health counseling.

Psychology applies analytical techniques to a humanistic subject matter. The philosophy of our profession is that if you are trained first and foremost as a scientist, you will be able to train yourself as necessary to adapt to unanticipated circumstances. It is a tremendous strength to possess the skills to research these situations, find techniques that have been validated to work, and train yourself to use them. Stritch takes pride in keeping this philosophy at the forefront of its curriculum. We encourage you to contact us to learn more about the program’s layout, outcomes and success stories.

PLO 1.1: Demonstrate knowledge of (1) the scientific, theoretical and contextual basis of cognitive and personality assessment, and (2) the diagnostic classification system including the etiology and prognosis of mental disorders.
PLO 1.2: Demonstrate knowledge of (1) case conceptualization, (2) the relationship between assessment and intervention, and (3) major models and techniques of clinical intervention and treatment planning.
PLO 2.1: Demonstrate ability to administer and score traditional assessment measures in cognitive and personality assessment.
PLO 2.2: Provide accurate diagnoses given context of human development and diversity of clients.
PLO 2.3:  Apply knowledge of evidence-based practice and implement intervention strategies.   
PLO 3.1: Display critical scientific thinking and approach problems effectively by (1) identifying and evaluating the source, context, and credibility of research findings, (2) using scientific principles and evidence to resolve conflicting claims, and/or (3) applying scientific methods to professional practice.
PLO 3.2:  Demonstrate ability to conduct a thorough literature review, design a research project, conduct appropriate statistical analyses and interpret the results of an empirical research project.
PLO 4: Demonstrate knowledge and application of (1) the American Psychological Association and American Counseling Association ethics codes and (2) relevant legal and regulatory issues governing mental health treatment in ethical decision-making.
PLO 5.1: Forms and maintains productive and respectful relationships with clients, peers/colleagues, supervisors and professionals from other disciplines.
PLO 5.2: (1) Communicates clearly using verbal skills consistent with professional psychology and (2) demonstrates knowledge of elements of writing style described in the APA Publication Manual.  
PLO 6:  Demonstrate basic knowledge of and sensitivity to the scientific, theoretical, and contextual issues related to ICD as they apply to all aspects of  professional psychology.

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A maximum of nine graduate credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition.

Application Process and Requirements

Prior Education

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Completion of coursework in General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Research Methods, and Statistics.
  • An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (minimum 3.0 in psychology courses).
  • International students must possess an IELTS of 6.5 with a minimum band score of 6.0, or a TOEFL of 79 in order to be considered for full admission into the Clinical Psychology master's program.
  • No GRE is required.

Admissions Application and Transcripts

  • Complete the Admissions Application
    Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online. Stritch does not have an application deadline, however, for priority admission consideration, please submit application materials by:
    • July 15 for the fall semester
    • December 1 for the spring semester
  • Request Transcripts
    • Have official transcripts from each college or university you attended delivered directly to the Office of Admissions. Cardinal Stritch University alumni and current students should inquire with the admission counselor about locating transcripts already on file.
    • Transcripts from institutions outside of the United States require a course-by-course evaluation with GPA. Request the official report from ECE or WES to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Allow time for the evaluation to be completed since it could take up to 4-6 weeks to be created.
  • Information for International Students
    If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.

Curriculum Vitae

This document should include the following information:

  • Information on your formal education, major schools attended, degrees obtained, and dates
  • All professional positions held
  • Any relevant programs or additional informal education
  • Any published professional articles (in journals, school/agency publications, organizational newspaper, etc.); include title, date, journal, page number, etc., and attach a copy
  • Any presentations made to organizations, associations, etc.
  • Any honors/awards received
  • Memberships in professional and other organizations; include offices held and dates of membership
  • Any significant/relevant personal experience

Three Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation sent directly to the Office of Admissions. At least one, preferably two, letters of recommendation should be from current or former professors; the other recommendation(s) may be from an employer or a supervisor of paid or volunteer work in a psychology or social service area.

Personal Essay

Two to four double-spaced typed pages describing reasons for seeking a graduate degree in clinical psychology. The essay should include details of past academic, employment, volunteer experiences in psychology, expectations for graduate education, and professional goals.

Personal Interview

A personal interview with a graduate program faculty member will be scheduled after the Psychology Department has reviewed all other application materials.

Send Application Materials to Admissions

Submit the application online and have additional materials sent to:

Cardinal Stritch University
Graduate Admissions
6801 N. Yates Road, #516
Milwaukee, WI  53217-3985

Funding Your Education

Stritch is competitively priced to make graduate education affordable. Counselors in our Financial Aid Office know that each student is unique and they are dedicated to helping identify ways to help students fund their education. Learn more about our tuition and the financial aid process.


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