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 Ph.D. or Psy.D.
The foundation of the Clinical Psychology program is the scientist-practitioner model with training rooted in theoretical knowledge and ethical practice. The clinical training component provides students with instruction in empirically-based psychotherapies, assessment, and diagnosis, culminating in a practicum and a two-semester internship. The research focus of the program is designed to develop students’ critical thinking and quantitative skills, and includes coursework in research design and analysis, and a required thesis. The Clinical Psychology program is a member of the Council of Applied Master's Programs in Psychology (CAMPP).
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Students complete a 100-hour practicum and 600-hour internship in a mental health setting during their second year. This capstone experience allows students the opportunity to put into action the skills they have learned in their courses. Students have completed their internships in a variety of local agencies, including university counseling centers, community mental health centers, and inpatient units.
We typically have four Graduate Assistantship (GA) positions in the Department for first year students, which allow students to work with our faculty and receive a stipend and tuition waiver. Many of our students are successful in obtaining a GA position at local agencies, which the Coordinator helps facilitate. These GA positions also come with a stipend (salary) and tuition waiver.
Students take two course in statistics and research design before completing the capstone thesis project in their second year. Theses typically involve collecting data with human subjects, and students tackle interesting problems in clinical psychology.
We routinely admit International students into our program. We have a strong University International Students and Scholars program, which helps facilitate this process.
Individuals with a master's degree in psychology generally find a diverse employment field available. This degree provides the training and education necessary to function as a professional in the field of applied psychology. Many of our graduates have secured employment in human services settings; however, many are employed in the industrial and private sectors. We also routinely have students who continue their education in doctoral programs.
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