Master of Arts in General Psychology

The Master of Arts in Psychology (General) is designed for students who are seeking a master's degree in psychology, but do not required license eligibility in the state of Wisconsin. This includes those interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or Psy.D., students who plan to enter a career in psychometry, and those who may be interested in clinical work in a jurisdiction that does not require a degree that conforms to the 60-credit CACREP 2016 guidelines. The foundation of the program is an understanding of empirical research and theory, training in critical thinking and ethical decision making, and an appreciation for diversity.

Courses Are Available

Face to Face
Main Campus

Program Details

●  Credits: 30
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Additional Information

The M.A. in Psychology is a 30-credit program designed for working professionals. Students generally attend classes one or two afternoons/nights per week which enables them to pursue a master’s degree while simultaneously continuing a career. Most classes are held in a traditional face-to-face format, but a limited amount of online programming is available as well. Class sizes consist of approximately 10-20 students, a setting designed to promote shared learning and teamwork while maintaining a small teacher-student ratio. Course sequencing is flexible, allowing students to tailor a degree that addresses their interests.

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.
  • 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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