Clinical (available to PhD students only) Concentration

Catalog Year: 2020-2021

The MA in psychology is distinguished by its emphasis on basic research and the application of research to solve practical problems in families, industry, government, and health care settings. Because of the program’s proximity to Washington D.C., students have access to many employment and continuing education opportunities in research, academia, and consulting within government, public, and private settings. 

The psychology MA offers the following concentrations:

  •     applied developmental psychology 
  •     cognitive and behavioral neuroscience 
  •     human factors/applied cognition 
  •     industrial/organizational psychology 

While the department does not offer a master's degree in clinical or counseling psychology, a master's degree in psychology with a concentration in clinical psychology is available for students who have been admitted to the doctoral program concentration in clinical psychology.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30-32

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Choose one concentration and complete the requirements therein.

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Concentration in Clinical Psychology (CLN)

The clinical psychology concentration trains students to have flexibility to fill the evolving functions of clinical psychologists, including research, direct provision of clinical services, supervision, program development and evaluation, and consultation.

The clinical psychology MA concentration is not a terminal degree. Students who have been admitted to the doctoral program with a concentration in clinical psychology may apply to receive the MA in psychology on completion of 30 credits of course work. Students must also be in good standing in the program, as determined by the director of clinical training.

Foundation Courses

PSYC 810 Psychological Assessment I 4
PSYC 811 Psychological Assessment II 4
PSYC 822 Scientific Foundations of Clinical Psychology I 3
PSYC 860 Introductory Helping Skills and Motivational Interviewing 3
Total Credits 14

Practicum Courses 

PSYC 861 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Youth 3
PSYC 862 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adults 3
Total Credits 6

Advanced Statistics and Research Methods 

Note: For doctoral quantitative emphases B and C, both PSYC 754 Multiple Regression and PSYC 756 Quantitative Methods IV: Multivariate Techniques in Psychology must be taken, but only one of these courses is required for the MA.

Select three or more courses from the following: 10-11
Methods for Social Research  
Advanced Statistics  
Advanced Statistics  
Multiple Regression
Quantitative Methods IV: Multivariate Techniques in Psychology
Total Credits 10-11