About the Program
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 doctorate. Graduates who work in clinical settings with this degree are employed in places such as:
- Mental Health Agencies
- Psychiatric Hospitals
- Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities
- Correctional Settings
- Family Service Agencies
The program is designed for students to complete coursework, an internship, and the thesis within a two-year calendar period. The major curricular focuses are therapeutic interventions, psychological assessment and diagnosis, and research. The capstone experiences are a clinical practicum, the two-semester clinical internship, and a master's thesis.
The Department of Psychology employs approximately 20 full-time faculty members with diverse backgrounds reflecting an array of educational and applied training, viewpoints, and orientations. With an undergraduate enrollment of over 500 and an approximate graduate enrollment of 50 in two programs (Clinical and School Psychology), the department represents a busy and active center of academic and clinical training.
Eastern Illinois University is located in Charleston, Ill., a town of approximately 20,000 people. Eastern, a school of around 10,000 students, is small enough to foster the development of close faculty-student ties, but large enough to offer numerous academic, cultural and social opportunities.
The full-time, tenure-track faculty in the department all hold doctoral degrees from prestigious universities throughout the United States.
The faculty-graduate student ratio in the clinical program is less than 1:5, which provides for a critical training and a rich interactive learning environment.
While the primary responsibility for the master's program resides with the core clinical faculty, graduate students may conduct thesis research with any faculty member. Faculty conduct research in such diverse areas as:
- Anxiety disorders
- Aging and gerontology
- Cognition & memory
- Child aggression
- Children's peer relations
- Health psychology
- Psychological assessment
- Child social anxiety
- Parenting issues