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Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

A two-year, full-time, 60 or 45 credit-hour program, the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology is designed to prepare students to provide mental health services in community-based, residential, or in-patient settings. Students may also prepare for further training at the doctoral level. Students will be trained in clinical assessment, psychological testing, the diagnosis of psychopathology, treatment planning, individual and group interventions, research design and statistical analysis, and program evaluation. Three tracks provide students with opportunities to prepare for future doctoral study or to become master's level clinicians as Licensed Mental Health Counselors in clinical or forensic settings.

The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology seeks to:

  • Prepare graduate students for careers as master's level mental health counselors in general clinical or forensic mental health settings
  • Prepare graduate students for further academic training at the doctoral level in clinical psychology
  • Provide students with training in research design and statistical analysis
  • Provide students with training in the areas of clinical assessment and intervention
  • Provide students with internship/practicum experiences that will promote and develop professional skills in clinical or forensic psychology
  • Provide students with the requisite skills to design and analyze quality research projects

Three Program Tracks

  1. M.A. Clinical Psychology - Thesis Track
  2. M.A. Clinical Psychology - General Clinical Licensure Track
  3. M.A. Clinical Psychology - Forensic Licensure Track

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Please expand the options below to learn more about each track within the M.A. Clinical Psychology program.

M.A. Clinical Psychology - Thesis Track

  CREDITS   WHO IS IT FOR?   COURSE LOAD   TIME TO COMPLETE   KEY FEATURES
 
45
 
Students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology or a related field
 
Full-time study only
 
Two years
 
Faculty-supported research opportunities with a comprehensive thesis

The Thesis Track of the M.A. Clinical Psychology program is designed for students who wish to conduct research in preparation for Ph.D. level study following the program. This program is anchored by research practicums and a comprehensive thesis.

The ten-course core curriculum in the Clinical-Thesis Track focuses on training students in research in preparation for their thesis and further training at the doctoral level in clinical psychology. Students also take an elective course in clinical psychology. Students are also required to take six credits of Research Practicum or Directed Research and six credits of Thesis for a minimum of 45 credits to complete the degree.

Course Requirements for the M.A. Clinical Psychology - Thesis Track

(All courses are three credits unless otherwise indicated)

A. Required courses: 30 credits

PSYCH   501     Research Design
PSYCH   502     Quantitative Methods I
PSYCH   505     Introduction to Clinical Assessment: Objective Tests
PSYCH   509     Methods of Psychotherapy I
PSYCH   514     Helping Relationships
PSYCH   532     Diversity in Multiculturalism
PSYCH   534     Advanced Developmental Psychology
PSYCH   550     Professional Ethics in Psychology

An additional assessment course: 3 credits

PSYCH   512     Child Assessment or an approved alternative assessment course  

A psychopathology course: 3 credits (choose one of the following)

PSYCH   520     Developmental Psychopathology
PSYCH   521     Adult Psychopathology

B. Advanced Electives: 3 credits selected from the following:

PSYCH   519     Methods in Psychotherapy II
PSYCH   530     Special Topics in Psychology
PSYCH   531     Family Violence
PSYCH   535     Group Dynamics: Methods & Design
PSYCH   540     Advanced Personality Psychology

C. Research Practicum or Directed Research: 6 credits

PSYCH   595     Research Practicum
PSYCH   595     Research Practicum

or

PSYCH   596     Directed Research
PSYCH   596     Directed Research

D. Thesis: 6 credits

(Minimum of 45 credits)

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M.A. Clinical Psychology - General Clinical Licensure Track

  CREDITS   WHO IS IT FOR?   COURSE LOAD   TIME TO COMPLETE   KEY FEATURES
 
60
 
Students looking to become Licensed Mental Health Counselors in general clinical settings or who wish to pursue future Psy.D. study
 
Full-time study only
 
Two years
 
Comprehensive internship and practicum opportunities to prepare students for future licensure (LMHC)

To adequately prepare our students who wish to become master's level clinicians following graduation, the 60-credit General Clinical Licensure Track of the M.A. Clinical Psychology program was created to provide the necessary coursework to satisfy requirements for the Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) designation. Students pursue the program full-time over two years and will take some coursework during the summer following completion of the first year. The program is characterized by extensive internship and practicum experiences in a clinical/non-forensic setting to satisfy licensure requirements.

The eleven-course core curriculum in the General Clinical Licensure Track provides students with the breadth and depth necessary to be a competent and effective master's level clinician. Students then select three electives from various areas within clinical psychology. Finally, students take 12 credits of Practicum and 6 credits of Internship for a minimum of 60 credits to complete the degree.

Requirements for the MA. Clinical Psychology - General Clinical Licensure Track
(All courses are three credits unless otherwise indicated)

A. Required Courses: 33 credits

PSYCH   501     Research Design
PSYCH   505     Introduction to Clinical Assessment
PSYCH   509     Methods of Psychotherapy I
PSYCH   513     Vocational Counseling
PSYCH   514     Helping Relationships
PSYCH   515     Introduction to Group Counseling
PSYCH   532     Diversity in Multiculturalism
PSYCH   534     Advanced Developmental Psychology
PSYCH   550     Ethics in Professional Psychology

An additional assessment course: 3 credits (choose from the following)

PSYCH   512     Child Assessment or an approved alternative assessment course  

A psychopathology course: 3 credits (choose from the following)

PSYCH   520     Developmental Psychopathology
PSYCH   521     Adult Psychopathology

B. Advanced Electives: 15 credits

PSYCH   519     Methods of Psychotherapy II
PSYCH   530     Special Topics in Psychology
PSYCH   531     Family Violence
PSYCH   535     Group Dynamics: Methods and Design
PSYCH   540     Advanced Personality Psychology

C. Clinical Practicum: 6 credits

PSYCH   591     Clinical Practicum I
PSYCH   592     Clinical Practicum II

D. Clinical Internship: 6 credits

PSYCH   598     Clinical Internship I
PSYCH   598     Clinical Internship II

(Minimum of 60 credits)

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M.A. Clinical Psychology - Forensic Licensure Track

  CREDITS   WHO IS IT FOR?   COURSE LOAD   TIME TO COMPLETE   KEY FEATURES
 
60
 
Students looking to become Licensed Mental Health Counselors in forensic settings or who wish to pursue future Psy.D. study in Forensic Psychology or a related field
 
Full-time study only
 
Two years
 
Comprehensive internship and practicum opportunities in forensic settings to prepare students for future licensure (LMHC)

To adequately prepare our students who wish to become master's level clinicians following graduation, the 60-credit Clinical Licensure Track of the M.A. Clinical Psychology program was created to provide the necessary coursework to satisfy requirements for the Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) designation. Students pursue the program full-time over two years and will take some coursework during the summer following completion of the first year. The program is characterized by extensive internship and practicum experiences in a clinical/non-forensic setting to satisfy licensure requirements.

The thirteen-course core curriculum in the Forensic Licensure track includes specialized courses in Forensic Psychology, Law and Psychology, and Forensic Assessment with adults or children. Students select one elective within clinical psychology. Finally, students take 12 credits of Practicum and six credits of Internship for a minimum of 60 credits.

Internships and practica are available at a variety of forensic sites including court clinics, sex offender treatment programs within a secure prison setting, juvenile detenion and treatment facilities, and community-based mental health settings working with persons with mental disorders who are involved with the criminal justice system. Clinical training is emphasized in the areas of clinical and risk assessment, diagnosing mental disorders, treatment and risk management planning, individual and group psychotherapy, sex offender treatment and risk reduction, and recent planning and community services.

Requirements for the M.A. Clinical Psychology - Forensic Licensure Track

(All courses are three credits unless otherwise indicated)

A. Required Courses: 39 credits

PSYCH   501     Research Design
PSYCH   503     Forensic Psychology
PSYCH   504     Psychology and the Law
PSYCH   505     Introduction to Clinical Assessment
PSYCH   509     Methods of Psychotherapy I
PSYCH   513     Vocational Counseling
PSYCH   514     Helping Relationships
PSYCH   515     Introduction to Group Counseling
PSYCH   532     Diversity in Multiculturalism
PSYCH   534     Advanced Developmental Psychology
PSYCH   550     Ethics in Professional Psychology

An additional assessment course: 3 credits (choose one of the following)

PSYCH   506     Assessment in Criminal Law
PSYCH   512     Child Assessment

A psychopathology course: 3 credits (choose one of the following)

PSYCH   520     Developmental Psychopathology
PSYCH   521     Adult Psychopathology

B. Advanced Electives: 9 credits selected from the following:

PSYCH   519     Methods of Psychotherapy II
PSYCH   530     Special Topics in Psychology
PSYCH   531     Family Violence
PSYCH   535     Group Dynamics: Methods and Design
PSYCH   540     Advanced Personality Psychology

C. Clinical Practicum: 6 credits

PSYCH   591     Clinical Practicum I
PSYCH   592     Clinical Practicum II

D. Clinical Internship: 6 credits

PSYCH   598     Clinical Internship I
PSYCH   598     Clinical Internship II

(Minimum of 60 credits)

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